Do You Want to Make Homemade Lip Balm?
I don’t know about you but, I’m definitely one of those people who can never have enough lip balm. Living in the Midwest it’s tough to keep your lips hydrated during all the seasonal changes. Which is a big reason why I’m always reaching for lip balm!
I’m guessing you have your reasons too! Luckily, we can make homemade lip balm in mere minutes to avoid irritated, chapped lips.
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What Do You Put in Homemade Lip Balm?
We start with three types of ingredients to create a protective lip balm that not only moisturizes your lips but conditions them to help prevent chapped lips.
Humectants sponge up water, drawing it up from the dermis and, to a limited extent, in humid conditions, from the air (Harvard Health, 2008). Humectants are common ingredients in many skincare products like lotion and cleanser. They serve as a dual purpose by drawing moisture to the surface of the skin and enhancing the skin’s own hydrating abilities (Sethi, 2016).
What Are Natural Humectants?
Aloe Vera: Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, aloe vera is an incredible moisturizer for the skin and a great remedy for acne-prone skin. I use it daily in my cleansing aloe vera face wash and aloe vera face cream.
Hyaluronic Acid: Produced by the body, hyaluronic acid promotes skin repair and the growth of basal keratinocytes (Sethi, 2016).
Seaweed: Known to create forest under the sea, seaweed powder and extract contain hydrocolloids that aid in healing (Sethi, 2016).
Honey: My favorite natural humectant to use in homemade lip balm. Honey is antibacterial, full of antioxidants, and draws in moisture to soften and soothe dry lips. And it adds nice subtle flavor honey to lip balm too!
Occlusives hold water in after it has been supplied either by a moisturizer or a soak in water (Harvard Health, 2008). Generally thick and oily, occlusives create a lipid barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss (Sethi, 2016).
And beeswax is one of the few natural occlusives recommend for the skin. It provides a layer to lock in hydration while inhibiting bacteria growth on the skin and reducing inflammation.
Emollients don’t affect water content in the skin. Instead they make skin feel smooth by filling in rough spots (Harvard Health, 2008).
What are Common Natural Emollients?
Shea Butter: High in vitamins E, A, and F shea butter is a nourishing and intense moisturizer, known for repairing chapped lips, cracked heels, and dry scalp. And with a melting point of 90° F, it melts on contact with skin. Making it oh so perfect for lip balm!
Colloidal Oatmeal: This skin-softening emollient is effective against irritation and redness of the skin. The process of grounding oatmeal and suspending it in liquid creates colloidal oatmeal that more readily absorbs into the skin. The cellulose and fiber from the oats make quite an effective skin soother.
Coconut Oil: The intense moisturizing benefits of coconut oil help make your skin and lips more soft and supple. It is a saturated fat that melts and absorbs into the skin rapidly. Learn more about carrier oils like coconut oil with the Oils By Skin Type Chart in the Simple Living Library.
But wait there’s more…
And with end with one extra ingredient – cinnamon leaf essential oil. Known to plump up lips by increasing the blood flow to the skin is quite ideal for lip balm. Cinnamon essential oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and has a high antioxidant capacity (Baker, et al., 2013). Do note cinnamon bark essential oil should not be applied to the skin as it may cause irritation (Tisserand & Young, 2014).
Cinnamon Honey Homemade Lip Balm Ingredients:
1 ½ teaspoons shea butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons beeswax, pellets
½ teaspoon honey
⅛ teaspoon cinnamon leaf essential oil
How To Make Homemade Lip Balm:
In a double boiler, melt one and a half teaspoons shea butter, one tablespoon coconut oil, and 2 teaspoons beeswax on medium heat until all wax pellets have dissolved.
Promptly remove from heat and whisk in half a teaspoon of honey and an eighth a teaspoon of cinnamon leaf essential oil.
Carefully pour or pipe into lip balm tubes with a pipette dropper while the mixture is hot. Allow to cool, approximately thirty minutes before covering lip balm tubes with lids. Yields: 8 lip balm tubes.
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With just five ingredients you can make skin loving cinnamon honey homemade lip balm. It’s easy to make and once you try it you’re going to want to make lip balm in so many variations! I recommend using a homemade lip scrub as well to shed dry skin from your lips and make lipstick go on smoother.
Harvard Health. (Feb 2008). Moisturizers: Do they work. [Online Article]. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/moisturizers-do-they-work
Sethi, A.; Taur, K.; and Gambhir, M. “Moisturizers: The Slippery Road.” Ind J Dermatol. 2016; 61(3):279-87. DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.182427.
Baker, I., Choan, M., & Opara, E. I. (2013). Impact of cooking and digestion, in vitro, on the antioxidant capacity and anti-inflammatory activity of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 68(4), 364-369. doi: 10.1007/s11130-013-0379-4.
Tisserand, R. & Young, R. (2014). Essential oil safety. London, England: Elsevier.