Usually we think about lips as one more element of our face and beauty, and rarely realize the fact they´re also skin, a very soft and fragile one at that, victim of daily aggression like weather, harsh gestures, and arguably the most radical one – make up. After all cosmetics are mostly composed of chemicals, and talking lipstick it´s components easily penetrate the soft skin of our lips. There are plenty of products we could use to minimize damages but they only represent temporary effectiveness , like vaseline which makes your lips look moisturized only on the outside. Vaseline is a petroleum derivate, not very attractive proposition for a beauty/care product, and something to consider when it comes to eco policies: if we cut down consumption of oil-derived products, we’re helping to reduce our oil dependency. So then what´s needed is a product made from a natural and organic renewable resource, and as nature always offers the best alternatives in this case it´s honey. With this blessed ingredient and a few more you could have a homemade, natural super moisturizing lipbalm, so try this super easy recipe!
Honey Lip Balm
- 3 tablespoons grated unbleached beeswax
- 5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor or jojoba)
- 6 or 7 drops essential oil (such as lime, lemon,tangerine, grapefruit or peppermint)
- 1 teaspoon honey, for flavor
Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove
from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump. To add a little
color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20
minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons
I have another great lip gloss recipe to add to your DIY beauty arsenal. This pink liquid lip gloss recipe with beetroot provides a light, shiny texture and a bright pink pop of color.
Beet Red Lip Gloss
- ¼ cup beeswax
- ¼ cup castor oil
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- beet juice
Melt beeswax, remove from heat and add oils. Add as much beet juice as desired for color. Store in jar.