I, like most women, love to smell yummy; not just for the opposite sex, but for me! But with the slew of toxic chemicals in personal care products, smelling good can come at a price.Today’s guest post ushers in Organic Week (Sept.21-28) with an homage to natural lip balm; and with the temperatures cooling, I think a DIY natural lip balm recipe is perfectly timed.
Happy Organic Week! Cheers to our health and the health of our planet!
In the last few months, my boyfriend and I have been working hard to eat natural, organic foods and cut out all the processed junk. One night, while slathering Lubriderm on my legs, it dawned on me that I should be concentrating on natural skin care products as well!
I’ve been buying some fabulous natural cosmetics, but when it comes to lip balm, I’ve started making my own. I couldn’t be happier with the results!
What’s In That Tube?
So many store bought balms are loaded with ingredients that are either completely unhelpful or just plain harmful. Let’s explore a few of them:
- Petroleum/Petrolatum: Petroleum is a funny little thing. It does help moisturize your lips in that it seals in existing moisture. However it doesn’t actually treat dryness, it just acts as a Band-Aid for your lips.
- Carmine (also known as Cochineal extract and E120): For our friends who wish to avoid animal –based products, you may want to skip anything with a red tint. Most red cosmetics use carmine dye which is made from crushed cochineal beetles. Not exactly appetizing.
- Menthol, Camphor, and Phenol: These common lip balm ingredients can actually lead to dryness, causing you to reapply throughout the day. It’s a vicious cycle.
My Favorite DIY Lip Balm
So, what to do when you decide to skip store-bought and make your own lip balm? It’s simple, really! Start with a good base and customize! Here’s my go-to DIY natural lip balm recipe, adapted from Confessions of a Homeschooler:
2 ounces + 1 heaping tablespoon organic extra virgin coconut oil
1 ½ tablespoons vitamin E essential oil
2 ounces beeswax
Plastic Lip Balm Containers (check your local craft store)
25 drops essential oil fragrance of your choice
2 pots in graduated sizes
What to Do:
- Start by creating a double boiler with two pots, filling the bottom pot halfway with water.
- Place your coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil into the top of the double boiler.
- Bring the water to a slight boil, stirring the oil and wax mixture often, until just melted.
- If you choose to add fragrance, do so while the balm is still over the heat so the cooler oil doesn’t cause the mixture to solidify again. Add a few drops of fragrance at a time, until it reaches the desired strength.
- Remove from heat and pour melted balm carefully into containers.
- Allow to cool completely before use!
Good Stuff For Your Smacker
We’ve covered what’s bad for your lips, but what about what’s good? The above recipe features three fabulous, healing ingredients, perfect for lip balm.
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer for all skin types. In addition to moisturizing, it also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used regularly.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin by neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals.
- Beeswax: Beeswax locks in moisture and effectively softens skin, creating a long-lasting protective coating against the elements.
Since I’ve started focusing on using all-natural skin care products, I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in my skin’s health and texture. It’s so easy, that I wonder why I didn’t start sooner. I hope you enjoy this lip balm recipe as much as I do!
Selina Torres uses her super soft lips to give smooches to her long suffering boyfriend. When she’s not harassing the poor fellow, she does freelance writing for Glisten, a new delightful new skin care company.