By: Marisa Belger
Next to under-eye concealer -- for those hereditary dark circles -- my desert island cosmetic item of choice would be lip balm. I like it all: flavored, tinted or plain, just as long as it does the job (its job is to hydrate and protect my lips, in case you’re wondering) and is made with safe and natural ingredients.
Recently, I attempted to make my own lip balm. I was hoping it would be cheaper than stocking up on the latest lip goo and maybe even better. I used a simple combination of beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and essential oil. Try it:
DIY Lip Balm Recipe
(Makes 8 tubes)
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon beeswax
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
Combine all ingredients except essential oil in a double boiler over medium-low heat. When all ingredients melt, remove them from the burner. Stir in essential oil. Pour hot mixture into empty lip balm tubes or containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps on tubes.
Heed these tips too to ensure DIY lip balm success:
In the end, I was pleased with the results of my homemade lip balm, though I will confess that there was something decidedly handcrafted about my product. Not bad, just homemade.
Up next: tinted lip gloss. I think I’ve got what it takes!
Have you ever made your own beauty product? Talk about it below or tweet me @Completely_You
Marisa Belger Marisa Belger is Completely You’s beauty and lifestyle blogger. She penned the natural beauty and sustainable living column “GreenDAY” for TODAYShow.com, and her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure Family, Natural Health and Prevention.
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