Along with cleansers and balms, lip balms are one of the items that can be easily made at home, with the most amazing natural ingredients. There are so many variations that you can make and they can also make lovely gifts.
Lips are made of much thinner skin than the rest of the face, and are prone to drying out, cracking and soreness. Rich and soothing natural lip balms create a nourishing barrier from the outside world to keep lips plumb, moisturized and beautiful looking.
Some commercial and even natural lip balms on the market, can actually have a drying effect on the lips, due to particular ingredients in it. Many lip balms and lip care products contain potentially irritating ingredients, which can cause inflammation and loss of hydration.
This, in turn, causes your lips to need more moisture so you keep applying the product and it turns into a vicious cycle. The irritant ingredients to watch out for are fragrance, camphor, menthol and salicylic acid.
There are a lot of butters that can be purchased online and in natural health stores these days, ranging from the most common shea butter to mango, apricot, olive and aloe butter. Of all these, shea butter is the thickest and creamiest and is one of the best main ingredient for a lip balm.
Cocoa butter is another great and essential ingredient when making a lip balm as it adds firmness but melts instantly on contact with the skin. It is emollient, softening and soothing butter which is very useful for dry and chapped lips.
Honey is possibly one of the most amazing skincare ingredients, with Manuka honey from New Zealand, being the ultimate luxury for its amazing antibacterial properties. It adds softness to skin and is an excellent natural moisturizer.
If Manuka Honey is not an option, a local raw honey also works great. It is important that the honey is raw, as it loses most of its anti-bacterial and nourishing properties during the heating process.
Sweet orange essential oil adds uplifting sweet aroma to the balm, making it smell delicious. It also offers soothing and nourishing properties to the balm, making it extra special.
To make the balm you will need (makes approx. 2 small pots)
8 g Shea Butter
8 g Cocoa Butter
2 g Mango Butter
1 g Manuka Honey (or raw honey)
1 drop vitamin E oil (optional)
4 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil
This balm will take a little longer to set, as it does not contain beeswax, so just give it a few hours before using it.
To use, apply to the lips as often as needed .
Enjoy soft and deliciously smelling lips!