There are lots of things I no longer buy. The reason? I discovered that a lot of store bought items are a snap to make and and the homemade versions contain much healthier ingredients! Not to mention that it’s usually so much cheaper to create your own!
Personally, I have never been a fan of lipstick, but lip balm is a whole other story. It ranks right up on top of my list of items I will never leave the house without. If I were to be stranded on a deserted island and could only choose three things to bring with me, lip balm would be one.
As I was experimenting with this recipe, I realized that while I may not need six little tins of lip balm, my poor hands sure could stand some pampering. And you know what? This super easy recipe works for both! Now, I could just go on and make a ton of it and sell it on the internet for big money, but you guys are my friends and I just couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t let you in on the goodness that is this recipe. And that is why I want to share my super easy recipe for homemade lip and hand balm with you today. Because once you know, you probably will never buy it again, either.
When I began decluttering my house in earnest, I came upon a sizable number of lip balm tubes, some barely used. Commercially available lip balms contain ingredients my lips just don’t love. And I try to avoid petroleum based products (Vaseline!) at any cost these days. They’re just not my thing. I love knowing what’s in the stuff I put on my skin and subscribe to the philosophy that if I wouldn’t eat it, I don’t want to put it on my body, either.
Sadly, beauty products often contain ingredients that most of us can’t even pronounce. This recipe contains no exotic ingredients and they are easily found at most grocery stores. And with this simple recipe you can whip up enough lip and hand balm to last you quite a while. Why not give some as gifts and impress your friends with your cosmetic creating prowess?
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Are you ready to create some homemade lip/hand balm awesomeness?
The basic balm recipe consists of three simple ingredients:
Olive oil has been used for skin care since antiquity. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians prized olive oil and used it amply in skin and hair care. Olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, namely vitamin E as well as squalene, a hydrating ingredient. It is a wonderful moisturizer on its own or can be combined with other oils. I love using olive oil as both a moisturizer and a gentle makeup remover. It is readily available and reasonably priced. To get the maximum benefit from this powerhouse ingredient, be sure to use only high quality organic olive oil that has been minimally processed.
Beeswax gives the balm firmness that makes it easy to apply. The antiviral, antibacterial and hygroscopic (it can absorb moisture from the air) properties of beeswax make it a must have ingredient for chapped lips and hands that could use a little TLC. It forms a protective barrier without clogging pores. Like olive oil, the use of beeswax goes far back in history. Beeswax is gentle on even the most sensitive skin.
Shea butter is another incredibly moisturizing and nourishing ingredient. Packed with vitamins, it is prized for its healing properties, especially when used for eczema, insect bites and minor irritations. Like olive oil and beeswax it has been used in skin care for ages, is readily available and reasonably priced. Be sure to use the unrefined kind for maximum benefit.
To make this recipe extra special, I added some of my favorite essential oils. When using essential oils be sure to only use high quality therapeutic grade oils. I buy mine here. A few drops go a long way. Many recipes also suggest adding citrus oils to lip balm. And while that is perfectly fine, it’s important to remember that citrus oils like lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit etc. will make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. If you will be exposed to the sun, be sure to apply lip balm that does not contain citrus oils. Citrus oils will also degrade plastic and that is why you see me using metal tins for my balms. If you have small glass jars on hand, they will work just fine!
For my lip balm I chose lavender and peppermint while opting for carrot seed and geranium oils for the hand balm.
The first step is to assemble all of your ingredients. Since beeswax is nearly impossible to wash out of a dish, be sure to use a tempered lass jar like a wide mason jar. I have one that use over and over for this. Combine the olive oil, beeswax pellets and shea butter in the jar.
Place the jar in a pot filled with enough water to come about half way up the jar. Warm over medium heat until all ingredients are completely melted. Let cool slightly before pouring into tins or small glass jars. Add essential oils and stir gently. I have found 3 drops of each essential oil to be a perfect amount for a one ounce tin, such as the smaller ones you see here. Just double the amount of essential oil drops for a larger tin.
To prevent the balms from setting too quickly, work with one tin or jar at a time and have the essential oils you want to use ready. This picture shows the balms 15 minutes after they were poured.
See the tin in the front? I was experimenting with tint. Since I didn’t have any beet powder on hand, I thought I would grind up some freeze dried strawberries (sold as snacks in health food stores) with my coffee grinder.
Based on the way it turned out this time around, I think I need to go back to the drawing board on that.
If you do feel adventurous and want to give tinted balm a try, be sure to mix the powder with a few drops of the balm base and slowly add to it until you see the color you would like without lumps.
I poured my hand balm mixture into a larger tin and added six drops each of carrot seed and geranium oils.
After using it for a few days, I can tell you that my lips and hands are loving it. Are you ready to give this a try? One of the things I love so much about this simple recipe is that it contains ingredients that can be used in so many different products, like my homemade natural deodorant recipe. After using olive oil to cleanse my usually breakout prone skin, I can seriously vouch for its benefits. Check out the oil cleansing method in this post!
Are you concerned about the ingredients in your skin care? Have you created your own products? I would love to hear about your experiences. This lip band hand balm recipe is one of my new staples and I hope it will become one of yours as well!
Keep it simple!
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