Shea Butter Lip Balm

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diy lip balm

I have some friends who seem to have a different lip balm in every pocket and are never without it whatever the season.  I have never been a big lip balm user; I have never felt the need.  But all this changes over the winter months.  It feels like one day everything is fine and the next the wind and rain and freezing cold mornings are here and I’m searching through old make-up bags for long-forgotten stock and begging lip balm off friends like other people beg cigarettes.  Lips seem to lose all their moisture and become so hard and cracked – and right in the center of your face for all to see.  Painful and embarrassing.

You could buy a range of balms and creams but they will be full of chemicals and probably won’t be as good as this wonderful shea butter lip balm.

Take –

  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Fair Trade shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of Fair Trade (or local US) beeswax pellets

These ingredients can also make a great foot balm.  When using the balm for my lips I add

  • A few drops of flavor oil (I used orange.  Take care and make sure that the oil you add is suitable for lips, most scents for soaps and bath bombs are not.)
  • A little color.  I have found nothing works better than a little of an old lipstick – you know it is suitable for lips and it’s a great way to use up old lipsticks when they have gone below the case level.

Lip Balm recipe

  • Melt everything together in a pan on low heat stirring gently.
  • Pour into a jug then into your choice of mold.  I always use silicone molds – it’s so easy to remove the balm from these molds and there are a great range of shapes; ice cube trays work particularly well.  To use the lip balm on the move you could also pour into a small clean tin or pot.
  • Leave to set for a few hours on a flat surface.
  • Use as needed.  Remake when required – I always do!

The “bubbles” seen in the photo at the top are because I didn’t dry the mold properly before pouring – I think they still look good though and they certainly work beautifully.

I quadrupled the recipe when I made my last batch of these.  I’ve found they make very welcome little Christmas gifts!

 

By Emma Evans