I will talk about products you can use to take care of your lips first since many of us are suffering with chapped lips in this cold, dry season we call winter. I found several different recipes on the Internet from lip balm to salve, to chap stick. I even found some recipes for lip glosses and lip color, though this post will focus on taking care of you lips not making them pretty. Well, unless you think they are pretty when they are smooth and supple with no added colors and no red skin surrounding them.
I found many variations of recipes out there, many of them contained several key ingredients: Sweet almond oil, beeswax, honey, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and olive oil. These each have their own health benefits so knowing their properties will help you to decide which one to use in your own products.
|Wax Melting in Hot Oil|
Once Waxes Were Melted
The first recipe I have to share with you is a wonderful lip balm that makes over a cup, though it would be easy to cut this recipe in half. It made enough to fill 3 half jelly jars full of lip balm. I know it's a lot, but lip balm can be used all year round so I am sure it will get used. You can infuse the oil with beneficial herbs or flower petals prior to using it in this recipe if desired. If you don't like the tingly feeling of the stronger store brands of lip balms, this is a great one to try.
Ingredients:1 cup of sweet almond oil, 2 Tablespoons of beeswax, 1 Tablespoon of food quality paraffin wax (optional, the original recipe says 2-3 T beeswax I just got tired of trying to chisel pieces of beeswax off my block), 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of vitamin e oil, and 2 teaspoons full of aloe vera gel. Flavoring or essential oils if desired such as vanilla extract or mint.
|Finished Lip Balm|
Once the wax is completely melted, remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients quickly, then pour into containers to cool. Cover once it is completely cooled down.
In retrospect I am wondering if I should have tried pouring some of this mixture into some old chap stick tubes or an old Carmex jar to make a more portable lip balm. It doesn't add a lot of gloss or glamour but your lips will thank you.
Note: Make sure to label the containers clearly, I bet you would just hate to put your home make vapor rub on your lips.
Chapped Lips Salve
Okay, so I called this salve on the container that I put it in though upon reflection it is really more of a gel. It works great and adds some shine, well, provided you don't lick it off. The aloe makes it taste not so great though so that shouldn't be a huge problem. This one is super easy and doesn't require any heat or equipment really, um mm, other than the jar you are storing it in and something to stir it with... In fact, you just put some aloe gel into the container, add a tiny bit of honey and mix. You may add a couple of drops of vitamin E oil to act as a preservative if you wish. Alright, I mixed mine in a measuring cup because I wanted enough to fill one little "pot" for each bathroom then I poured it out into the containers once they were equally full.
Home Made Vaseline
Vaseline aka petroleum jelly is wonderful to soothe dry lips, but who wants an oil byproduct on your lips? I haven't technically made this yet; but judging by the ingredients in it, I would say that it should turn out exactly like the lip balm listed first following the same procedure of melting wax in heated oil.
Use 1/2 c of oil and 1 ounce beeswax. The recipes I saw online suggested olive oil though I would guess you can use others as well such as jojoba, coconut, flax seed, olive, or sweet almond oil.
You can bet I plan on making some of these as well, but I've got a busy day ahead so I thought I'd just talk about proportions here. I believe these will be a stiffer blend than the balm above since the online sources seem to recommend a 1 to 1 ratio of oil to wax for this type of recipe. I'm thinking these may be a better candidate for my portable home made blends in the old chap stick tubes?
Use 1 T oil to 1 T wax, melt wax in hot oil. Once wax is melted remove from heat and add scents if desired. 1-2 drops should do it, there are many great essential oils out there to try.
Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. Please leave me a message, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Cindy