Whenever the leaves start to fall and a scarf needs to come out as a face wind block, you know it is time to stock up on lip balm or you will have a severe case of extremely dry and chapped lips. Not pretty.
Often times when people have dry lips they lick their lips more often and pick at the dry sections leaving your kissers looking and feeling damaged and dried. In the meantime you inadvertently swallow a tube of lip balm which likely has some hard to pronounce ingredients on the label that are now sitting in your stomach. Not healthy.
The fondness you have for lip balm in the winter months doesn’t have to end because of chemicals, lost tubes or lack of money. Just concoct your own! Lip balm is super simple to make and you can customize the flavors to suit your tastes. You’ll still get the moisture and protection you need to have a luscious pucker.
Your lips will never be happier, healthier or yummier. Try these sugar, spice and everything nice recipes for lip balm heaven. (Hint: tied with a pretty bow these balms make a fabulous holiday gift.)
Sugar: Sugar and Honey Lip Scrub
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of honey
½ teaspoon of olive oil
½ teaspoon of Vaseline
1 spoon to mix
1 small container
How To: Mix the honey and sugar in a bowl. Add the Vaseline and mix into a think consistency. Add olive oil and stir until mixed well. Put into a jar or tube.
Recipe via The Chalkboard
Spice: Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp grated cocoa butter
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
small pinch of cinnamon
lip gloss container – you can get these a health food store or a craft store
How To: Melt the coconut oil in a small microwave safe container, microwaving for short 15 second intervals until completely melted. (You also do this in a small sauce pan in you prefer.) Add the cocoa butter and stir until melted. Microwave again if needed. Add the spices and vitamin E oil (preservative) and stir well. Transfer to a small container and refrigerate until solid. Do not put it in a tube or keep it in your pocket, as it will easily melt and leak.
Recipe via Henry Happened
…and Everything Nice: Mint Chocolate Lip Balm
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure almond oil
1 teaspoon cocoa butter
3-4 drops pure vitamin E oil
1-2 drops pure peppermint extract
3-4 semisweet chocolate chips
How To: Place all ingredients in a small heat-safe bowl (glass or metal is good) and set aside. Place a small saucepan with about 1 inch of water in it over medium-low heat, and heat until the water is steaming and simmering. Set the bowl on top of the steaming pot of water, taking care that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Using a small spoon or spatula, slowly melt the ingredients until they are melted and thoroughly combined. This should take about 5 minutes. When the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth, pour the lip gloss into a sterilized small container and allow to cool to room temperature until solid, about 1 hour.
Recipe via Food Plus Words
Need more tips for healthy winter lips? Try these!
What is your favorite lip balm flavor? Have you ever made your own lip balm?