Skip the trip to the drug store and make your own lip balm at home using just a few natural ingredients? These beeswax-and-honey-based lip balm recipes will keep lips moist and shiny. Plus, the little girls in your life will love creating their own beauty products.
Honey Tangerine balm
All of the supplies for this project are available online
at Mountain Rose Herbs. For more information on
homemade beauty and personal care products, see "Organic Body Care
Recipes" by Stephanie Tourles or "Earthly Bodies & Heavenly
Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Every Body" by Dina
Use a double boiler (a heat-proof glass bowl resting on the top
of a saucepan filled 1/4 full with boiling water) to melt the
beeswax, Castor oil and honey together. Once the wax has melted,
remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the peppermint extract
and half a tube of a natural, pink-colored lipstick until well
mixed. Set the mixture into a shallow ice water bath and stir
rapidly until all of the ingredients are incorporated and the balm
has a thick, frosting-like consistency. Spoon the lip balm into
1-ounce tin containers and tightly replace the cap.
Allow the balm to set up in the tin containers for at least two
hours before using. Both recipes can easily be doubled or tripled
to make larger batches of lip balm to give as gifts (be sure to
make labels so the recipients know what they are getting). Homemade
lip balms should be used within one year.
TIP: If you want a firmer lip balm, use less base oil in your
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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