Balms protect and soften the dry, cracked lips. A homemade lip balm can be as effective as a commercial product and is much cheaper. By using good quality natural ingredients, chemicals, irritants and oil derived components that cause adverse reactions are also avoided. Making your own lip balm gives you the freedom to choose the ingredients you want to cure your lips. You can also choose the flavor and color.
– jojoba oil or other oil
– cocoa butter or other fat
– a glass container
– a glass measuring cup
– Select the oil and butter base. Some options are: cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut and mango. For oils, choose from avocado, jojoba, hemp, grapeseed or almond.
– Measure 1 teaspoon of oil and place it in a glass container. Add 1 1/2 tsp of butter oil.
– Take about 2 teaspoons of grated beeswax. If you have wax chips or flakes, take the same 2 teaspoons. Place it in a glass measuring cup.
– Heat about 2 inches (5 cm) of water in a saucepan on the fire. Reduce heat to low just before the water boils.
– Place the measuring cup with beeswax into the pan with water. Once it begin to melt, stir with a wooden spoon. Pour the mixture, oil and butter oil in the wax with continuous stirring until the mixture is homogeneous.
– Turn off heat. Remove the measuring cup of hot water.
– Squeeze a vitamin E capsule oil mixture within the balm. If you have vitamin E oil, however, add approximately three drops to the mixture. Vitamin E oil helps preserve the balm.
– Make at least three drops of flavoring, such as essential oil of peppermint or vanilla extract. Mix well. Try the taste and add more if necessary.
– Pour the balm into small cans or jars. Leave it to cool and cover with a lid.