DIY Lip Balm
It has been decades since I bothered much with commercial beauty products. Other than the most basic personal care products (shower gel, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) I just don't buy the stuff. Except for lip balm.
Lip balm and moisturizing hand lotion are my beauty staples. And while the hand lotion comes in large quantities at a decent price, lip balm tends to be pretty pricey. So I'm thinking that maybe it's time to make my own lip balm from scratch.
Having made my own ointments, I know it's a fairly easy process. Melting a little beeswax and adding in olive oil provides a good base for pretty much any ointment or balm – including lip balm. Of course, you can add in other moisturizers like shea or cocoa butters, or soothing aloe. You could also add a little flavouring if you wish. And some people like to add a small piece of lipstick, for a little hint of colour in the finished product.
There are numerous YouTube videos that offer exact recipes, and that also show how to refill an empty lip balm tube or sphere/egg ( à la Eos .) And because so many people are now making their own lip balms for gifts or as part of a home-based business, it's now possible to buy empty tubes. So I don't necessarily have to wait until I accumulate a number of empty tubes before I make up a batch of homemade lip balm!
I may just put some of the supplies for lip balm making on my Christmas list....
This is my Beauty entry for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge
Image credit: Homemade lip balm by Francesca Cesa Bianchi/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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