Making sure your cosmetics are vegan-friendly is tricky at the best of times especially if you don’t know what all those awful sounding chemical constituents are and where they come from. Most lip balm for example contains emu oil, butylparaben and oxybenzone – yikes! Fortunately, you can make your own animal-free lip balm quickly and simply. Follow the recipe below and once you’ve got it, try experimenting with your own flavours too.
You will need:
A double boiler or similar
Measuring cup with spout
1 x tbspn wax (plant-derived e.g. soy, candelilla)
3 x tbspns unrefined oil
¼ tsp vitamin E oil to extend shelf-life
10-20 drops essential oils (whatever flavour you fancy)
There are plenty of suppliers on-line who provide the ingredients you need for homemade cosmetics and a quick surf will point you in the right direction.
NB: some waxes are harder than others and if the wax you choose is one of the softer ones you may need to add an extra teaspoon to the mix to make sure the consistency is right.
Slowly melt the wax over a low heat in the double boiler. When you have liquid wax, add the carrier oils.
Stir well then add the vitamin E oil. Remove from the heat and add the essential oils you have have chosen. Don’t get too carried away here as some oils are very strong and can irritate the delicate skin of your lips if you put too much in. Citrus oils work well as does mint and lavender. Researching essential oils, their uses and suitability is interesting and fun too.
Now pour the balm into the measuring cup and decant it carefully into your chosen storage containers. Leave the tops open for at least four hours until the balm has cooled and set otherwise condensation will gather inside.
And there you have it; vegan-friendly, super healthy and top quality custom-made lip balm.