Lip balm is a waxy material applied to the lips to allay chapped or dry lips. It is known in the U.S. by the genericized trademark as a “chap stick.” Lip balm can also be made at home without Beeswax, which is natural wax formed in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis. Guideline is given below to make it at Home without Beeswax.
Lip balm gives occlusive layer on the lip surface and defends them from exterior exposure. External factors like dry air, cold temperatures, and wind effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. The skin of lip is so thin thus lips are the first to present signs of dryness. Occlusive materials such as waxes and petroleum jelly stop moisture loss and keep lip smooth. Generally Lip balm available in small containers either one in which a finger is used to apply it or lipstick-style tube from which it can be applied directly.
Some lip balm contains shea butter ingredients that proved to be very effective in increasing the ability of the lip skin cells to keep moisture. Take care of the skin cells that are damaged because of hot sticky season, lip balm serves as the best remedy.
Making Lip balm at home is easy and cost saving. All you need is just common petroleum jelly. Heat it in oven until it melts. You can add several ingredients of your choice in it.
- Adding cocoa powder will give you dark brown chocolate flavored balm. Cocoa also has skin healing property.
- Adding honey will give you sweet flavor and protection. You can also add natural color from beetroot or turmeric.
- Vanilla extract or any natural essential oil will give you unique aroma.
Add any of above in melted petroleum jelly, and fill in small container. Allow it to cool in refrigerator and use it any time.
How to apply lip balm?
- Eliminate the cap of the tube.
- Compress the tube softly and put a small dollop of balm on the finger of your hand.
- Place your finger on the lower lip and slither it horizontally from one end of the lip to the other.
- Again, put a small dollop of balm on the finger of your hand.
- Now, place your finger on the upper lip and replicate the process.
- Take out the cover of the jar.
- Place the index finger of your hand against the balm and move it in a circle.
- Place it on your lower lip and glide it horizontally from one end of the lip to the other.
- Again put your finger in the jar and take out more lip balm.
- Place your finger on the upper lip and replicate the process.
- Remove the cap of the stick.
- Hold the stick with one hand and surround the fingers of the other over the ribbed area, at the bottom of the stick.
- Rotate your lower hand clockwise, waxy stick coming out.
- Put the waxy stick on your lower lip and move smoothly it horizontally, from one end of the lip to the other.
- Now place the waxy stick on the upper lip and replicate the process.
Benefits of Homemade lip balm:
- Lip balm made at home has no artificial colors, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Because of this, the product becomes less likely to annoy sensitive skin.
- By experimenting with a variety of pure essential oils and cosmetic grade flavor oils, you can generate a one-of-a-kind product customized to your unique liking.
- You can insert skin-pampering ingredients like sesame oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter while making lip balms at home.