I am addicted to lip balm. I always have it in my pocket, and apply it way more often than I need to. Especially this time of year, as the weather cools and the air becomes dryer. But that’s okay, because I make the stuff I use. It’s cheap, AND it’s completely natural.
Here’s a little glimpse of the ingredients of conventional Chapstick:
arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, red 6 lake, titatium dioxide, white wax, yellow 5 lake
Let’s compare that list to mine:
mango butter, beeswax, avocado oil, castor oil, essential oil
Which sounds more appealing? Which one do you think is better for your lips? Since making the shift towards natural living, I choose real food to eat and I also look for the most natural beauty products I can find. Our skin absorbs whatever we put on it. It doesn’t just stay on the surface; it actually enters the rest of your body. I’d rather not store parabens, paraffin, titanium dioxide, and fake colors in my body. Do some research, and you won’t want to either :)
Since “natural” lip balm is a bit pricey in stores, I decided to make my own a few years ago, and haven’t turned back. I pass it out to my friends like candy, and they keep coming back for more.
Here’s how to make your own! You can click on each ingredient to find affiliate links to the exact same ingredients I use. Obviously these are bulk ingredients, and will last you a loooooong time. Perfect for making big batches around the holidays and giving them out as Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers!
Here’s what you’ll need:
7 TBSP Mango Butter
4 TBSP Beeswax Pellets
2 TBSP Avocado Oil
2 TBSP Castor Oil
1 clean Syringe
Melt ingredients over very low heat and stir until fully combined. Take off heat, and let cool for a few minutes. Then add essential oils. My favorite combo is peppermint and frankincense. Peppermint adds a nice cooling effect and freshens breath, while frankincense is excellent for nourishing the skin. 20 drops of peppermint and 10 drops of frankincense worked well for me.
As always, I only recommend using Young Living therapeutic grade oils, as the industry is not well regulated and many oils found in stores are adulterated. Contact me if you are interested in giving Young Living a try.
Now comes the fun part. Place all empty containers on the counter, with lids off. Using your syringe, pipe your liquid ingredients into each container. Leave them undisturbed on the counter until they cool and solidify, and then use excessively like I do!
Give it a try, and comment below and let me know how you like it!