As cools weather approaches, people begin to stock up on warm clothes, moisturizers, and chapsticks. We understand the importance of protecting our skin from the drying effects of chilly temperatures, so we are happy to make an investment in these products. However, it is not necessary to pay a lot of money to keep your lips supple and chap-free during the winter.
Instead, you can learn to make your own lip balm from the comfort of your kitchen. You can create a balm to suit your own unique tastes with only minimal time and expense.
The beauty of all homemade cosmetics including lip balms is that they can be as simple or elaborate as your imagination and wallet allow. The basic components of every chapstick are the same: oil is heated and combined with wax and a preservative to form a semi-solid substance called an emulsion. This serves as a barrier against the cold that is responsible for drawing all the moisture out of lips.
Excessive dryness leads to cracking of the delicate lip tissue, a malady more commonly known as chapping. Used on its own, the basic chapstick is effective, but you can spice up a simple recipe with some delectable additives. Depending on the oil and preservative you choose, you can create a superbly moisturizing balm. Certain ingredients can heal chapped skin.
There are also numerous ways to add delightful fragrance, taste, and color to your homemade product. The following are just a few of the options you have, as well as a basic recipe that you can alter as you see fit.
- 2 – 2 1/2 teaspoons oil/butter
- 1/2 teaspoon beeswax
- 1/2 teaspoon flavoring (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon extra moisturizers (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon preservative
- 1/4 teaspoon color (optional)
With any recipe, begin by melting your oils, butter, and beeswax in a heat-resistant container. Pyrex measuring cups work especially well for this, as they can be put in the microwave and have pour spouts to prevent spilling. Alternatively, you can use a small pot to heat the ingredients. Once they have all melted, allow three to five minutes for the mixture to cool.
The purpose of this is to preserve later ingredients, which may be damaged by high temperatures. Use the cooling period to clean and sterilize your lip balm containers. Stir in any flavorings, colorants, and other optional ingredients. While the mixture is still a liquid, pour it into your prepared containers.
You can either purchase these in the cosmetics department of your local store or reuse old chapstick jars. Once the lip balm has cooled and solidified, it is ready for use. Remember to keep the finished product in a cool place or it will melt.
As mentioned earlier, there are several ingredients that make excellent lip balms. Olive oil, castor oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and even petroleum jelly are beneficial to the skin. If you wish to use a blend of several oils, simply use them in a 1-1 or 2-1 ratio.
Each oil that you choose will add a unique scent to the finished product; coconut and almond oil are especially popular for this reason. Beeswax can be either white or yellow depending on your preferences. Browse the baking aisle of your local grocery store for a delicious selection of flavoring oils from strawberry to peppermint. Alternatively, you may wish to try adding a few melted chocolate chips or several drops of vanilla extract for a decadent balm.
The most popular and readily available preservative is vitamin E, which can be used in a quantity of one capsule per batch. However, several essential oils — most popular among them being orange, grapefruit, and lemon — can be used instead to extend the life of the product and add a delightful citrus scent. As these are strongly concentrated oils, only use two to three drops per batch.
Consider amplifying the moisturizing qualities of your lip balm with a drizzle of honey or a few drops of calendula essential oil. The plant from which it is derived is reputed for its moisturizing and healing properties, making it an excellent chapstick additive. Finally, you may wish to add tint to your balm. Check out the internet or local health food stores for cosmetic-grade pigments or simply add a bit of an old lipstick for a splash of color.
These suggestions are by no means the only way you can personalize your chapsticks. Be as creative as you like in trying new oils and additives to achieve the balm that is perfect for you. You may soon find that all of your friends are begging for their own homemade treasure.
From a plain all-purpose stick for your husband to a glamorously tinted jar for your best friend, the options are virtually endless.
Most satisfying off all, you can take pride in the high-quality lip balm you have learned to make in place of expensive store products.Most satisfying