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How to make your own lip balm

Homemade beauty products are becoming more and more popular. Many people love creating their own lip balms and you might, too, if you love experimenting with natural ingredients. One of the clearest benefits of making your own lip balm is you know exactly what is in your recipe. You also can gently tweak your product to get the results you are looking for. While it might not be as simple as purchasing a product from a store, making your own lip balm can be a fun project to enjoy with your friends and family.

Why make your own lip balm?

Three containers of DIY lip balm
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When you want soft and supple, protected and refreshed lips you might look to a fancy tube of lip balm. There’s nothing wrong with that, many of us do it. However, some of us have taken the DIY attitude to heart and really love being able to concoct our versions of consumer beauty products such as the beloved lip balm.

Making your own allows you to be in charge of the formulation of your product line. This means that you can experiment and put a little piece of your inspiration into the beauty products you use.

For many folks around the world, having this hands-on control is the perfect response to corporate control and consumerism so centric to the modern beauty world. Instead of your beauty being dictated by faceless corporations, you can be in charge of what goes onto one of your most trusted pieces of physical real estate: Your lips.

When you create your own beauty products, you can really refine what does and does not work for you and your skin. This may take some trial and error, but in the end you can walk away with a better understanding of your body and how to take care of it. This deeply personal knowledge lasts a lifetime and can easily be repeated again and again with other products. Once you truly get into this DIY approach to health, you might never go back to the other way and that can be quite exciting.

The best ingredients for lip balm

What is best is really quite relative when it comes to beauty products. The best for me might make you break out. That is why it’s tough to say what the best ingredients for lip balm are for you. You will need to try some things out and see what works.
Some very popular ingredients for natural lip balm products are:

  • Organic beeswax
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Honey
  • Soluble vitamin E

While this list is by no means complete, it covers some of the bases. For starters, lip balm products tend to be made from some kind of waxy oil. Next, essential oils from botanicals provide both a delicious fragrance as well as many different benefits. Finally, additions like honey or vitamin E help to round out your special formula.

Making your own lip treatments

Making your own lip treatment is as simple as channeling your favorite chemist or witchy herbalist and combining ingredients together slowly over a gentle heat. There are many different ways to do this and many unique recipes you can follow depending on the ingredients you choose to combine.

All lip balms are made by combining ingredients over a lower intensity heat source, stirring, and then allowing the waxes to re-solidify at room temperature. A product like beeswax or coconut oil is a great choice because at room temperature they become solid. This means that after you apply heat and let them cool, you will be left with a soft and decidedly waxy lip treatment of your very own.

The exact process will differ depending on which recipe you choose to use, but in general producing lip balm is a quick project that you can accomplish in a couple of hours. You can literally have your own homemade solution in less time than it might take some of us to get to and make a choice at the beauty supply shop downtown.

Welcome to the world of DIY beauty

Woman using lip balm

Now that you’ve already started to make your own lip balm, there is a whole world of beauty solutions for you to discover that might bring you closer to nature. Making your own beauty products t lets you practice and refine your skills as you learn what works for your body.

Of course, if you are unsure of how to proceed, be sure to consult a medical practitioner or local herbalist to learn more about what is safe and beneficial for you to use on your skin. When in doubt, be sure to do some further research or consult an expert before trying to put something new on your skin.

Also, be aware there is a chance you will have a negative reaction to your own beauty solution. There is a reason why beauty products can be expensive; the companies that produce them have already tested the ingredients before putting the final product on the market.

Now that you are making your own lip balm, you have officially been initiated into the world of natural DIY beauty. It’s a very fun and rewarding place to be and we know you are going to enjoy using your own homemade products.

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