Making your own skin care products is a wonderful way to spend a lazy and chilly evening at home. It is relatively inexpensive and both the produce and the ingredients can last for ages. A superb (and easy) DIY project is making your own lip balm. Since I love the antiseptic qualities and the aromatic taste and smell of honey, I figured why not add this to my recipe? It doesn’t have to be Manuka honey, since the downside is its high price (though it certainly raises the lip balms quality). Beeswax can easily be purchased over the internet. Alternatively, you can try some health food stores and ask if they stock it.
Now let’s get creative and don’t forget to save empty mint tins and eye-shadow boxes – you never know when they might come in useful!
- 2 tbsp. carrier oil (e.g. almond oil or good quality olive oil)
- 1 tbsp. beeswax pellets/ chopped beeswax
- 1 tsp. honey (Active Manuka honey works best)
What you’ll need:
- Small pot
- Thick glass jar, such as a Mason jar or any other jam jar
- Small container(s) for holding the lip balm, e.g. an empty tin of mints or an empty make-up powder box
- Fill the pot with some water. Place the jam jar in the pot and add the carrier oil and beeswax.
- Gently heat the ingredients and stir with a spoon from time to time.
- When the beeswax is almost dissolved, add the honey and stir thoroughly.
- Carefully pour the liquid into the empty containers and leave it to harden.
- Enjoy soft lips.
Author: Danica Utermohlen
Picture credits: Danica Utermohlen