DIY Lip Balms
You moisturize your face and apply lotion to your body daily, but are you making sure that your lips are in top shape? Many things such as cold weather, sun exposure and makeup can make your lips dry. Dry lips don’t display your favorite lipstick shade well and they are certainly no fun to kiss! But there are several DIY lip balms and scrubs you can whip up quickly that will leave your lips soft and beautiful. To get started, you will need lip balm containers. You can purchase these for just a few dollars but you can also wash and reuse your old ones.
For a quick and easy lip balm that you can customize easily, combine 1/4 cup each of beeswax and coconut oil in a measuring cup. Pop the cup in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture and microwave it another 30 seconds. Keep repeating this until the beeswax and oil are melted. Pierce a vitamin E capsule with a pin and squirt the contents in to the mixture and stir again.
Now to make it uniquely yours, add in your choice of essential oils. You will need about 30 drops of oil in any variety you prefer. You can mix and match complimentary oils or just stick with one. Try peppermint oil for refreshing tingly lips or lavender for soothing relaxation. Lemon essential oil will give you fresh and fruity lips, or you can combine all three! Once the mixture is combined, pour it slowly in to the containers and let it cool until it’s solid. Store in a cool dry place, or keep extras in the refrigerator until you need them.
Sometimes lips need a bit more help than a balm alone can provide. A good lip scrub will exfoliate and moisturize in one step and give you soft lips quickly. For a yummy peppermint mocha scrub, melt 2 1/2 teaspoons of coconut oil and mix together with 1/2 teaspoon each of coffee grounds and brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cocoa powder. Add 3 drops of peppermint essential oil and make sure all ingredients are well blended together. This will need to be stored in a cool dry place as well but avoid refrigeration unless you have enough time to let it warm up again before using it. Rub this scrub on your lips in small circles and then wipe off with a warm, wet cloth and follow-up with your homemade lip balm!