How To Make A Moisturising Lip Balm

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Unless you’re shopping for all natural and organic lip balms, the balms you’ll find at a drug store are actually drying your lips out more. Commercial lip balms are made with petroleum, which smothers the skin. They often include camphor, menthol, and phenol, all of which eventually make your lips crack (despite their chemical tingle, which gets psychologically addictive). Salicylic acid is another frequent ingredient, which makes lips peel more. You can make your own moisturizing lip balm at home, and save some cash.

This recipe features coconut oil, which is made up of fatty acids that retain moisture and strengthen the skin’s lipid layer (that’s human fat), encouraging hydration. Honey is a naturally occurring humectant; its molecules attract and retain water molecules. Vitamin E is chock full of antioxidants—compounds that neutralize skin-damaging free radicals—and also moisturizes the skin. Pregnant women often apply vitamin E directly to their bellies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • Dash of organic raw honey
  • 2 vitamin E capsules
  • Several drops of essential oil (optional)

You’ll also need a double boiler, a spoon, and some small containers to hold the lip balm.

  • Melt the beeswax in the double boiler over gentle heat. Add the coconut oil and honey when half the beeswax has dissolved. When it’s all melted and blended together, stir in the vitamin E capsules, and the essential oils if you like. They will add some fragrance; peppermint or spearmint is a good choice for the lips.
  • Pour the balm into the containers (small glass jars work well) and it cool, then use as needed

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