This is a lovely lip balm that makes lips so much softer than the petroleum-based balms you typically buy at the store. Petroleum is a derivative of the oil refining industry and doesn't actually moisturize skin. Instead, it simply creates a barrier between the skin and the air, and can clog pores and exacerbate skin conditions such as rosacea.

If you like a little bit of sweetness in your balm, you can add a couple of drops of stevia extract or a small amount of sugar, honey or glycerin. Honey and glycerin are water-soluble, so they have to be mixed in until the oils start to harden. It's best to put this product in a lip balm pot rather than a roll-up tube. Some popular essential oils in lip balms are: geranium, lemon, tangerine, orange, peppermint and spearmint. Always check to see that an oil is safe for ingestion before using in your recipe. Note: citrus oils are photo-sensitive, so may not be optimal for someone who spends a lot of time outdoors. For sun protection you may add 1-3% of titanium dioxide. The type I have linked to is safe for ingestion.

Ingredients % of
total
Function
Part A
Unrefined Beeswax 20 Hardener
Shea butter 30 Emollient, sunscreen
Avocado Oil Unrefined 40 Emollient, nutrient
Vitamin E Oil 5 Anti-oxidant, sun-protectant
Jojoba Oil 5 Emollient

Instructions

  1. Measure all ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Melt on the stove top in a metal pan or microwave in a glass bowl. Keep the heat to the lowest point that melting takes place. Optional: beeswax takes the longest to melt, so you could melt this first and then add the other oils.
  3. When all the oils are melted, you may then add any scent.
  4. Pour the melted oils into your mold.
  5. Let the oils completely cool and then harden.
  6. Remove from the mold and store in a cool place.

Note: When using titanium dioxide, use a hand mixer to make sure it's well dispersed.

 

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