The first thing I wanted to produce myself after getting to know the toxins and chemicals most conventional cosmetic brands work with was LIP BALM!
Just imagine the amount of lip products (and therefore possible toxins) you ingest in your lifetime regarding how often we reapply lipsticks to keep the colour looking untouched and regarding how often we try to calm our chapped lips during the colder months with the aid of balms.
Unfortunately, we often get manipulated by advertising and labels suggesting the product we buy is healthy, even if this impression is only based on a green background colour on the label, pictures of fresh ingredients and words like “natural”. In fact, most of the time this is greenwashing, meaning brands use this techniques to deceive consumers.
As this shift of thinking happened at the beginning of my green journey, I had no idea of the complicated and scientific names of ingredients on the back of a product (INCI) so I figured it was time to know what I put onto my lips without necessarily needing to learn all the definitions of those ingredients.
I stumbled upon a blog named HelloNatural which inspired me from the first moment on and still does so I recommend to have a look yourself!
So I gathered all the ingredients Stephanie used in her recipe and started the little experiment. And it went great!
I tested my first homemade lip balm and after I noticed how good it worked I gave a few away to friends. It is soooo easy and cheap to create your own lip balm (it literally takes me only 5 minutes to do AND clean up afterwards) – I was in heaven and thought I would never again have to spend money on toxic lip products from anywhere else. I am using my lip balm for many month now and made many batches, but sometimes I still can’t resist natural cosmetic ones from particular brands 😉 But my homemade helper is my daily companion and it should be yours, too!
Once you bought all the necessary raw materials you can easily make batches sufficient for a year. You can find them in your local natural cosmetics store, health shops, organic supermarkets or online, but I recommend searching for organic materials as you avoid pesticides and other nasties this way.
This was what I used to make my honey – orange lip balm:
f.l.t.r: orange essential oil, unrefined shea butter, honey, coconut oil, alpha-bisabolol and beeswax
To find out whether I was the only one loving my lip balm I used this pots to make little homemade presents for friends and family. This is also a brilliant idea for christmas!
This is also a great way to reuse jars and pots.
Every time I made a new batch, I tried to personalize the recipe for my needs. That’s why I now skip the honey, but use almond oil and peppermint essential oil. If you need inspiration on how to personalize the recipe for yourself: don’t be shy and ask me right away!
f.l.t.r: shea butter, peppermint essential oil, coconut oil, alpha-bisabolol, almond oil and my tool to melt beeswax and shea butter –> a thing ordinary people melt chocolate with, like a fondue 😉
My current recipe
1 tbsp. shea butter
1 tsp. beeswax
1 tsp. almond oil
1 tbsp. coconut oil
3 drops alpha-bisabolol
a few drops essential oil
- melt beeswax first as it takes the longest, but be quick when it’s done! It may be helpful to let the wax wait over your source of heat until the rest is ready
- melt shea butter and coconut oil on low heat
- add almond oil
- combine beeswax with the oils and butters
- add essential oils and alpha-bisabolol into the chilled mixture
- pour into sterilized jars and let sit until solid
To be honest, I mainly don’t measure, at some point you just know how much to use from which ingredient. If you are vegan, substitute the beeswax with candelilla wax.
I would be happy to see you recreating the recipe, so please tag me in your posts or tell me the recipes you use instead. And share this post to get more people to think about their beauty routine!
Love as always,