Suffering from dry, chapped lips seems to be a constant complaint, regardless if you live in a cold, snowy climate or hot, dry area. You slather your chapstick or lip balm on numerous times throughout the day, but it seems that the dry lips keep coming back. Unfortunately, applying store-bought lip balm to your lips also means applying toxins and harmful chemicals to your lips; not only does this pose serious threats to your health, but it also makes the chapstick less useful. For a more effective, non-toxic lip balm, follow the recipe below to make your own at home.
Why it’s So Great
This recipe is useful because it really helps to seal in the moisture in your lips, and won’t just solve the problem temporarily. Unlike the store-bought versions, this homemade lip balm penetrates deep into the lips, rather than just providing for a superficial barrier.
What You Need for Your DIY Lip Balm
- Vitamin E capsules
- Coconut oil
- Your choice of essential oil (optional)
Beeswax is used because it is a natural and effective moisturizer. It also helps to protect the lips from the elements, and it gives your lip balm the desired physical form. Coconut oil penetrates deep into the skin to moisturize and it contains fatty acids which reinforce the skin’s natural lipid layer. Honey helps the lips maintain moisture, and the vitamin E capsules provide extra moisture and neutralize free radicals.
Take 1 tablespoon of beeswax pastilles (or grated beeswax) and melt in a double boiler. When about half of the beeswax is melted, add in a dollop of raw organic honey, and 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil. Once all of the ingredients have melted and mixed together, stir in the contents of two vitamin E capsules. If desired, add 1-2 drops of essential oils at the last minute. While all of the ingredients are still in melted form and warm, pour the mixture into your desired container. Apply as needed, but not in excess.
This recipe is very effective for consistently dry, chapped lips. If you suffer from dry lips often, it is definitely recommended to make your own lip balm at home. Be sure to avoid at all costs any lip balm that contains petroleum, menthol, or camphor. Although many of these ingredients provide a cool, tingling feeling to the lips, this feeling if often a false promise of healing. Remember that just because it’s not tingling, does not mean it’s not working!
Enjoy this natural homemade recipe to keep your lips feeling and looking fresh without causing damage or exposing yourself to harmful toxins and chemicals.