Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm
Unfortunately, many commercial lip balms are made with unstable, refined vegetable oils, “medicated” with harsh acids, and infused with artificial fragrances that can actually irritate and disrupt the fragile first layer of skin on the lips. Thus, while you may be globing on more and more lip salve for relief, it can be the very thing that is causing dryness and discomfort! Personally, I prefer to make my own lip balms from ingredients that I trust rather than risk this viscious cycle of lip balm-dependence and free-radical damage. Also, creating my own personal care products makes me feel self-sufficient, crafty and kinda cool, although I suppose that is really beside the point.
Forget all about the chemical-ridden lip gloss formulas pumped out by cosmetic companies, and get back to the basics with a new variety of healing homemade balm to smack onto your lips. The basic equation for making your own lip balm goes like this:
1 part oil + 1 part butters + 1 part beeswax = amazing DIY lip balm
Keep this formula in mind (I promise, it is the most complex math you will have to do in the process) and you will be well on your way to designing your own line of custom lip balms to enjoy and share.
The recipe below was inspired by my innovative aunt, who used these darling Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balms as a party favor- something all of us recipients loved. Feel free to modify based on the ingredients you have on hand or add a few drops of essential oils to enhance therapeutic effect.