October 2019 – Lip Balm

LIP BALM

I have been making my own deodorant for a year now and have been seeking another healthy alternative- a lip balm. I am shocked at how many unnatural ingredients, preservatives  and  especially parabens contained in body products. These additives are absorbed straight into our pores and into our bodies.Yuk!

WHAT DO I PLACE THE READY MADE LIP BALM IN?

The recipe is very simple and once made, usually lasts for between 6-9 months. I like to recycle the eco friendly lip balm tube I once bought. Below there is a link to a website which sells containers, including small tins and lip balm tubes at a reasonable price.  Alternatively, a  small easy to carry jar, tin or BPA-free container may also be used. Any excess balm remaining, maybe  give some to a member of your family or gift it to a friend. Alternatively, it will store in a cool dry  place. You may use any single or combined essential oil you wish.  I personally prefer lavender, I just love the smell! For my next batch, I am going to put in some zinc oxide as a sun protection factor. Also, if you would like your lip balm to look colourful why not try a powdered herb such as barley grass or beetroot powder to give it that extra `Je ne sais quoi`.

RECIPE

Lip-Balm

  • 1 tblsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tblsp bees wax (I go to the honey farm on the way to Warkworth)
  • 2 tblsp shea butter (or coconut butter)
  • 7-10 drops of lavender oil
  • Receptacle to put it in
  • Small Stainless steel saucepan

NB:I bought an old stainless steel saucepan for $3 in the Opp shop just for the use of, for it will be hard to clean out.

METHOD

Melt the bees wax, coconut oil and butter in a small saucepan on a low heat (use a wooden stick or a chop stick to stir- not your best cooking implement).

Remove from heat once melted. Add the oil(s). Whisk well and distribute oil evenly into a receptacle (or two if you are doubling the recipe). If you want a hard wax, then add more melted bees wax or a little softer you can add a bit more essential oil. The balm at this stage can become a little thick and a bit tricky!

Allow to cool (but not set) and place in desired container. And there you are! Fresh organic lip balm with no additives, toxins or preservatives.

Web site link: Mountain Rose Herbs