It’s not quite winter yet, but it’s certainly starting to feel like it in many areas across the country.
For me, there’s always one part of your body that seems to notice the effects of winter first – because it’s also the most vulnerable spot.
I’m talking about your lips.
There’s only a tiny layer of skin there. That’s all there is to protect them from the elements and it does a poor job at best. So instead of subjecting yourself to a miserable winter (or toxic lip balms), make one for yourself.
What You’ll Need
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 vitamin E capsule
- Raw honey
- Double boiler
- Empty lip balm containers
Before I get into the directions, if you haven’t discovered this yourself yet, I’ll tell you the one secret lip balm makers don’t want you to find out.
Most lip balms are designed to dry out your lips more (sort of). They create a dependency on them and you find yourself applying and reapplying all the time. So you keep a few sticks in your pocket because you need them on you all the time. You won’t need to apply this lip balm all the time, but you’ll definitely want to keep it close by.
- Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
- Add the raw honey and coconut oil when most of the beeswax is melted. You really don’t need a lot of honey. Just a little bit will go a long way.
- Remove from heat.
- Put the liquid from the capsule into the melted mix. The easiest way to do this is to poke a hole in the capsule with a clean needle. Then squeeze it out onto a popsicle stick or whatever you have laying around that can transfer the liquid to the beeswax/honey/coconut oil.
- Stir until everything is well-blended.
- Pour into your containers and let cool.
This lip balm is different from your conventional lip balm. Notice the serious lack of salicylic acid, camphor, menthol, and alcohol. These ingredients will all dry out your skin. Sure, they have reasons for being in the lip balm, but they really don’t absolutely need to be in there.
Instead, we’re only putting ingredients in that will moisturize the skin plus a humectant (honey). Humectants help retain moisture.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and is one of the best for your skin. So, if you’re looking to do anything with your skin, a little vitamin E can help out (see also: hair).