Moisturizing Lip Balm with Avocado Oil
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.
|Shea butter||30||Emollient, sunscreen|
|Avocado Oil Unrefined||40||Emollient, nutrient|
|Vitamin E Oil||5||Anti-oxidant, sun-protectant|
- Measure all ingredients into a bowl.
- 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.
- When all the oils are melted, you may then add any scent.
- Pour the melted oils into your mold.
- Let the oils completely cool and then harden.
- 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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