07 Jul Natural lip balm homemade
We lick an average of up to 20 grams of lip care from our lips in one year, which corresponds to about three whole lip care sticks. This was calculated by the scientific advisory board of the EU Commission (SCCS). Naturally, you should then ask yourself the question: what is it that you are actually »eating«? The results of the Öko Test, for example, which took a closer look at lip care products in 2018, are worrying. Manufacturers like to use petroleum-based cosmetic ingredients because they are cheap and available in bulk. The problem is that petroleum-based ingredients can contain aromatic petroleum hydrocarbons. These, in turn, may contain components that can be carcinogenic even in very small amounts. In addition, synthetic fragrances and chemical UV filters are often used, which can trigger allergies and have shown hormone-active potential. Also, only six of the 24 lip care sticks tested had no unnecessary outer packaging.
These should be enough reasons for you to simply and naturally make your own lip care products. And you only need four ingredients to do so.
Raw materials used
Coconut oil helps the lip skin to regulate the moisture balance itself. In combination with the vitamins it contains, the oil helps cracks and rough areas on the lips heal faster and also prevent their formation. In addition, the oil offers protection against free radicals and, thanks to its antiviral effect, also counteracts the formation of herpes blisters.
The unsaponifiable ingredients of shea butter (up to 11 %) are considered to be skin-friendly and caring, with protective properties. The butter has a refatting, moisture-regulating, and smoothing effect. This makes shea butter an excellent care product for dry, low-fat, and scaly skin.
The wax provides a light, enveloping protective film, which is especially helpful for dry, brittle, and irritated skin.
Berry wax can be used as a vegan substitute for beeswax. In skin care, however, it is much lighter and less film-forming than beeswax.
Essential basil oil
Essential basil oil has a strong blood circulation stimulating effect, which in turn stimulates cell renewal and thus supports the rejuvenation of the skin. It also has an anti-inflammatory and strong antibacterial effect. The oil has an intensive, balsamic, and spicy fragrance profile.
Application and durability
- Apply the lip balm as needed.
- The balm can be stored for up to 6 months.
Natural lip balm recipe
Recipe details for 20 ml
- 8 gr coconut oil
- 6 gr sheabutter
- 4 gr beeswax
- 3 drops of essential basil oil
- heat resistant bowl
- whisk / milk frother
- glass jar
- Melt coconut oil, sheabutter, and beeswax together in a water bath. Make sure that the ingredients are not heated too much.
- Once everything has melted, let the mixture cool while stirring.
- Then add the essential oil and pour it into a glass container. It is best to put it in the refrigerator to harden.
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Liability: All stated effects are for information purposes only and do not replace a visit to the doctor. There is no guarantee for the mode of action and the compatibility of the raw materials and the end product. The production and application is at your own risk and responsibility.