In wintertime; the combination of cold winds and dry air from heating our homes can quickly turn our soft, supple skin and lips into dry, sore and lizard-like in no time.
This lip balm is one of my most simple, tried and true recipes that help keep lips protected, soft and supple during the cold winter months. With regular application it can rescue even the driest, cracked lips. I keep a small tin in pretty much every purse I own as well as my kids backpacks. It can be made in under twenty minutes and contains only natural, organic ingredients making it safe for kids! Continue reading for the recipe!
Beeswax For all my salves and balms I like to use double filtered beeswax from my local beekeepers. Beeswax pellets from larger suppliers will work great, however I do recommend contacting your local organic honey farm as in my experience I have found both the quality and price to be superior, and you will be supporting the local economy!
Coconut Oil Coconut oil is excellent for moisturizing lips. I use organic, unrefined coconut oil. You can find this in most grocery stores and health food stores.
Cocoa Butter Cocoa butter creates a really nice texture for lip balms, its not greasy and soothes and protects your lips. I use organic cocoa butter wafers, you can find these at your local soap supply store or health food store.
Lip Balm Container I like to use 0.5oz slide-top metal tins, just because I usually have them on hand. However, any small tin, glass jar or lip balm tube will work fine.
- Measure out: 1 tablespoon beeswax, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter and place them in a small glass measuring jug or small mason jar.
- Place your measuring jug/mason jar in a saucepan half filled with water, heat gently and stir frequently.
- Once everything has melted, carefully pour into your containers and leave to harden. Easy as that!
For those who want to add some extra herbal goodness to their lip balm; add some dried calendula to your coconut oil and heat gently in a water bath for a few hours, strain and then use the infused coconut oil in your lip balm.
For a wonderful aroma and extra healing power, add 3 – 6 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil to your melted mixture before pouring into your containers.
This recipe makes 1.5oz of lip balm or 3, 0.5oz containers. Making larger or smaller batches is easy, just make sure you have 1 part beeswax, 1 part coconut oil and 2 parts cocoa butter.
If you are looking for something to soothe the face and hands from the cold check out our Skin Salve. This botanical salve helps soothe and protect cheeks, chins and noses from the cold weather and helps to relieve dry, chapped skin.0