Soothing & Smoothing DIY Lavender Lip Balm

After years as a luxury-beauty-product junkie, Annie Strole, author of Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural Ingredients, began looking into the ingredients behind the products she used. What she found was shocking — parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, oh my! — and ultimately lead Strole toward the path of natural beauty. Today, she creates her own DIY beauty products using only the freshest ingredients and urges everyone to "take your beauty regimen out of the drugstore and into your own hands."

I think by now most of us know that when it comes to skin care, the best products to use are those that are safe enough to eat. But did you know that it's just as easy to create your own food-grade skin care products at home as it is to run out to the store to buy them?

Lavender Lip Balm

Lip balm is a product most of us can't (and shouldn't!) do without. Who would have thought you could make the most hydrating and healthiest lip balm in your own home? This recipe has a long shelf life and can even make a beautiful gift!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 4 drops vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops vanilla oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

Preparation:

In a double boiler, melt beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil. Once melted, re­move ingredients from heat and stir in the remaining oils.

Pour the liquid into your desired lip balm packaging (I recommend a small glass jar or stainless steel tin) and let cool for half an hour be­fore putting the lid on the container.

Recipe adapted from Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural Ingredients by Annie Strole. (c) 2014 by Annie Strole. A Perigee Book, Penguin Group USA, a Penguin Random House Company.

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