Lips are small yet very attractive and require extra care as they are extremely sensitive to sunlight, pollution and weather hence prone to damage. The skin on lips is thin and does not have a sweat gland that can provide moisture and hydrate them. Hence it’s crucial to moisturize them
often to avoid dryness and maintain beautiful luscious lips.
What is the need for lip balms?
Chapped lips are a universal problem and lip balms are a sought-after item to moisturize and nourish lips. We often catch ourselves using a chapstick to get rid of dry lips and almost every girl carries one with her wherever she goes. Lip balms are also used before applying lipsticks to avoid the dryness caused by liquid lipstick formula.
Wide range of lip balms and chapsticks are available in the market to choose from. There are even exclusive lip balms for men available these days. But we all know a girl can never have too many lip balms, so why not make your own lip balms using colours and fragrances of your choice and be experimental instead of burning a hole in your pocket.
What are the necessary apparatus and ingredients and for making a DIY lip balm?
- Soft butters like shea butter and mango butter
- Hard butters like cocoa butter and kokum butter
- Liquid Oils like coconut oil, almond oil, vitamin-e oil etc.
- Few drops of essential oil of your choice for fragrance
- Coloured Mica powder or any lipstick of your choice to add colour
- A double boiler or microwave safe container
- Containers or Lipstick holders to store the product
Combine equal parts of beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and liquid oils, heat it in a microwave or a double boiler until all the ingredients melts. Then add a few drops of essential oil of your choice.
Followed by a pinch of mica powder or an old lipstick just to add some colour to your lip balm, heat it for 10 minutes, pour it into a container and refrigerate it for about 20 minutes. Voila! Your homemade lip balm is ready to use!
Lip Balm recipes
Here are some delicious homemade recipes with which you can experiment and create your desired lip balms.
1. Lavender and Coconut lip balm
Ingredients: Equal parts of Beeswax, Coconut oil, Almond oil, Shea Butter and a few drops of lavender oil.
Add beeswax, shea butter and the oils into a container and melt it using a double boiler or microwave it until all the ingredients are combined well in a liquid form. Add a few drops of lavender oil to the mixture and heat it for a few more minutes.
Pour the hot mixture into a tiny container and refrigerate it for a while. Shea butter and almond oil nourishes your lips and helps lock in the moisture while lavender provides a soothing effect as well as pleasant fragrance leaving you with soft and hydrated lips.
2. Peppermint lip balm
Ingredients: Equal parts of Beeswax, Coconut oil, Vitamin-E oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa butter and a few drops of peppermint oil.
Cocoa butter and shea butter provides nourishment, vitamin-e oil softens and helps heal the damaged skin with its goodness. Peppermint oil gives the balm minty fragrance and leaves a cooling effect to your lips.
3. Strawberry lip balm
Ingredients: Equal parts of Beeswax, Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa butter, few drops strawberry flavour and pink mica powder or an old pink lipstick.
Heat up the wax, butters and oils until they melt, then add strawberry flavour and either pink mica powder or an old pink lipstick combine them well while heating and your strawberry pink lip balm is ready. The strawberry flavour results in a pleasant smelling balm while the mica powder adds a pink tint leaving you with a strawberry pink lip balm.
4. Cinnamon and Vanilla lip balm
Ingredients: Equal parts of Beeswax, Apricot oil, Sweet Almond oil, Mango Butter, Cocoa butter, few drops vanilla flavour and cinnamon essential oil.
Cinnamon is a natural lip plumper and makes the lip look fuller. Apricot oil has moisturizing properties and is also rich in Vitamin A and E. Vanilla flavour gives a pleasant fragrance to the balm that’s an add on to this highly nourishing lip balm.
5. Mango Butter Lip balm
Ingredients: Equal parts of Beeswax, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Avocado oil, Sweet almond oil and few drops of jasmine essential oil.
Beeswax helps hold together all the ingredients and increases the shelf life of lip balm. Shea butter moisturizes and soothes the delicate skin on the lips. Mango butter is highly moisturizing, can heal chapped lips and protect against weather damage.
Sweet almond oil. Rejuvenates skin and keeps it moisturized. Jasmine essential oil is used to give fragrance to the lip balm.
6. Rose Petal Lip BalmIngredients: Equal parts of beeswax, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut oil, few drops of Jojoba oil, Rose essence oil and Rose petals.
Beeswax holds the whole mix together in and helps active substances in the lip balm lock into the skin. Shea butter is rich in natural oils, as well as vitamin A and E, which are beneficial for the skin.
Sweet almond oil Rejuvenates dying or dead skin cells. Rose essence oil leaves an enchanting aroma while rose petals adds up to the goodness of the lip balm. Throw in a bit of shimmer dust if you want a shimmery lip balm.
7. Cherry Lip Balm
Ingredients: Equal parts of Beeswax, Coconut oil, Vitamin-E oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, few drops of Cherry Blossom essential oil and Red food colouring or an old red lipstick.
Beeswax, oils and butters help lock in the moisture and nourish your lips. Cherry Blossom essential oil adds an enchanting fragrance while food colouring or lipstick gives a nice red colour making the lip balm feel like cherry and ready to use.
As you can see, all the recipes present here are super easy and interesting. None of them are complicated so you don’t even need assistance. So what are you waiting for? Get started already!