Get Luscious Lips With These 5 Homemade Lip Balms
Lip balms are simple, quick beauty must-haves (and fixes) that are so impossible to live without. Most people can live without lipstick and the rest of their makeup kit probably but, will never ever leave their homes or walk around town without a lip balm.
Lips have so many similar attributes similar to your skin. Well, it is part of your skin but, not quite. Unlike the rest of your skin, it does not have oil glands underneath, which pretty much leaves your lips to be hydrated by your saliva only — which is also the most compelling reason why you need a lip balm.
Lip Balms Are Made Of Everything Nice!
False! Most lip balms sold commercially have one or more ingredients that can potentially damage your lips or worse, cause adverse effects to your health. The most common culprits are parabens, which have been shown to mimic estrogen and confuses your natural body signals that control certain processes and proper organ functioning. The other culprits are synthetic ingredients, artificial preservatives and colorants, and fragrances that irritate your lips rather than keeping them hydrated and always in great, kissable condition.
So, how do you make sure you’re getting only the good stuff in lip balm? Well, you DIY of course!
To start off, any good homemade lip balm should be made from all organic, all natural ingredients. A common natural moisturizer is beeswax which can always be combined or substituted with essential oils. Beeswax is the best and probably even the safest natural moisturizers you can put in a lip balm, more important to consider because you can actually ingest your lip balm.
Add your natural flavors like honey or vanilla to your beeswax, plus a natural tint if desired and you got yourself a homemade lip balm.
Below are five simple and functional DIY how-tos not only designed to make your homemade lip balms safer and more effective, but more exciting and customized to your preferences as well.
1. Healing Lip Balm. For those days when your lips need an extra moisture boost, reach out for the following ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 1 teaspoon raw, organic honey
- 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon lanolin or cocoa butter or shea butter
Simply strain and combine all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the beeswax. Heat your beeswax to melt it. Once melted, add in all the other ingredients that have been strained. Transfer to your lip balm container while its hot, and allow it to cool and solidify.
Many DIY healing lip balms would recommend adding Vitamin E capsules into the mixture. Take note, however, that Vitamin E can potentially harm or irritate your lips more than support its healing. Why? Vitamin E can be very unstable, which is why even skincare products are using its tocopherol derivative more than the Vitamin E form. As you’re not being very scientific about this DIY either, just leave out the Vitamin E capsules from the equation, that’s why it has been substituted with lanolin or cocoa butter or shea butter after all.
2. Hydrating Lip Balm. For your daily lip moisturizing needs, try this DIY recipe:
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 1 tablespoon lanolin or cocoa butter or shea butter
- 1/2 tsp jojoba oil or rose oil or sunflower oil or any essential oil
Strain and combine all ingredients in a bowl, except for beeswax. Melt the beeswax. Once melted, combined all the strained ingredients. Pour into your lip balm container. Cool to solidify.
3. Lip Cooling Lip Balm. Take about five to ten fresh mint leaves. Follow the steps in either (1) or (2) above. When you melt the beeswax, drop the mint leaves so the mint flavor passes on to the beeswax. Once the beeswax is melted, swiftly take out the mint leaves then strain the beeswax. Add in the other ingredients before pouring into your container to cool.
4. Tinted Lip Balm. Fresh berries are a great way to add some interesting color into your homemade lip balm. If you want your lip balm to have a red tint, use strawberries or raspberries. If you prefer plum, use a pomegranate. Mash the strawberries of pomegranate in a bowl then strain. Follow the directions in either (1) or (2) above, and you got yourself a tinted lip balm.
5. Lip Balm That’s Perfect For Gifting: Orchid Lip Balm. The real orchid petals in this lip balm will surely catch the attention of your friend or your family member whom you are giving this to. Take colorful orchid petals to give your balm a great handcrafted look when this balm is done.
Simply follow (1) or (2) above. Incorporate the orchid petals in the mixture after the beeswax has cooled off a bit to avoid burning the petals. The mixture is best settled into small, opaque jars. Rose petals and lavender flowers are great substitutes for orchid in this DIY.
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If you’re one of those ladies (or, gentlemen) who will always make room in their purse or even pockets for a lip balm, you’re making the right decision. If you haven’t quite gotten attached to lip balms, it’s probably about time you gave it a second look.