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Lip Balm Recipes

Posted Aug 03 2009 1:25pm

Many lip balms are made of petrolatum which is derived from crude oil. If you wear lip balm or lipstick everyday, at the end of 12 months you will have consumed 2 tubes a year. I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t want to be putting 2 tubes of crude oil in my body!

A better way to go is to use natural oils that contain fatty acids which are great lip conditioners and protectors. Look for sweet almond oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax. Lip balms are easy to make if you have the time. Here are a couple recipes that will get you started.

Cool Mint Lip Balm

1 ½ Tablespoon shea butter

1 Tablespoon beeswax

1 ½ Tablespoon cocoa butter

1 drop Vitamin E

3-5 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil

Boil a few inches of water in a pan. Combine shea butter, beeswax and cocoa butter in a glass jar or glass measuring cup. Set jar in pan with boiling water. Stir gently with clean wooden spoon until all ingredients are melted. Do Not Boil. Remove jar from pan and add Vitamin E to oils. Stir well and pour into clean containers. Cool until hard. Seal with tight lid and label container.

**Use certified organic ingredients

Lemon Lip Balm

1 tsp beeswax

1 tsp shea butter

¼ tsp jojoba oil

1 drop Vitamin E

3-5 drops of lemon essential oil

Boil a few inches of water in a pan. Combine shea butter and beeswax in a glass jar and set in pan. Stir gently until melted. Do not boil. Remove from pan and add jojoba oil and lemon essential oil. Mix well and pour into clean containers. Cool until hard. Seal with tight lid and label container.

**Use certified organic ingredients

Your favorite essential oils can be substituted for the mint and lemon in these recipes.

Organic lip balms with natural oils are available at http://www.headtotoeorganics.com

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