Lip balms made at home are healthier than store bought varieties. Unfortunately, many commercial lip balms are made with unstable, refined vegetable oils, "medicated" with harsh acids, and infused with artificial fragrances that can actually irritate and disrupt the fragile first layer of skin on the lips. Thus, while you may be globing on more and more lip salve for relief, it can be the very thing that is causing dryness and discomfort!
You can blend up your very own inexpensive, custom lip treatment in the kitchen in no time at all using my recipe.
Coconut Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe
2 tablespoons mango butter or cocoa butter (or blend of both)
2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons beeswax, pastilles or shredded
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Coarsely chop or grate the beeswax and butters if in solid block form (if using pastilles skip this step).
Measure out equal parts tightly packed, grated beeswax and butters into a mason jar or small glass pyrex measuring cup. Add of coconut oil as well.
Prepare a double boiler system by adding about 1-2” of water to a small pot. Submerge bottom of mason jar or measuring cup in water. Heat water on medium-low to melt contents, stirring occasionally. Monitor to ensure that the water does not boil over the rim into blend.
Once melted together, immediately remove from heat and add vanilla extract to mix. Take care to handle jar with proper protection, as it will be hot. Stir vigorously to combine.
Pour the hot mixture into lip balm containers. Use tubes or tubs to your preference. To speed up cooling process, place containers in the refrigerator to set. Use as you would any other lip balm and enjoy!