Today we are going to explore what lip balm is, why it should be in everyone’s pocket and purse and we will even try to make our own lip balm from natural ingredients.
And along will will turn our simple lip balm into natural tinted lip balm by adding natural ingredients to it.
This way you will end up with 2-in-1 product that will not only take care of your lips, but will also enhance their beauty and color.
1. What is Lip Balm
Lip balm is a substance that you put onto your lips to moisturize them and prevent them from drying out and cracking.
Lib balm can come in solid or semi-solid form. Most often it comes in a lipstick-looking tube container.
2. Benefits of Lip Balm
Remember from our previous posts about lip care, that our lips do not contain oil glands. In addition skin of the lips is very delicate and thin. That makes our lips to dry out and chop quickly.
Lip balm has many benefits for your lips:
a) as I already mentioned, it moisturizes and protects your lips
b) it nourishes and regenerates your lips
c) it can prevent your lips from flaking, chopping and even getting cold sores
3. Drawbacks of Using Lip Balm
It sounds almost unbelievable, but yes, using lip balm can have it draw backs.
You lips can become the opposite of what you want: even more dry and flaky.
It happens if you use cheap commercial products that contain harmful ingredients: menthol, phenol, paraffin, petrolatum and different dyes.
You can also be allergic to some of the ingredients. Although you would not get the most common instant allergic reaction such as rash, hives, itchiness and so on; you might get allergies after extensive use of such lip balms.
Please, read the ingredients carefully and avoid products with those harmful components.
And, as were are going to see further, you can easily create a homemade lip balm, and even better – tinted lip balm.
4. What are the Healthy ingredients in a Lip Balm
So, I think we agree that we prefer our lip care products to be non-harmful and healthy. Such lip balms usually contain the following:
- Beeswax – as a healthy hardening ingredients
- Natural butters – shea, coconut, mango, cocoa and so on. There are many amazing butters with unique properties. You can read the full article about them HERE.
- Carrier oils – jojoba, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sesame seed oil and others.
- Essential oils – this is an optional step, you would add 1 or 2 drops of your favorite essential oil to obtain nice smell and enjoy benefits of essential oil itself.
5. What Natural Ingredients to Use to Add Color to You Lip Balm
Let’s be honest: the color pigment in DIY products won’t be as rich as in the commercial ones. Simply because we are using natural ingredients. We won’t use any artificial colorings or color enhancers.
However, it is possible to have an obvious tint to your homemade tinted balms. And it will be noticeable once you apply them on your lips.
So, the most common natural coloring additives for tinted balms are:
- beet root powder – derived from regular beets.
- alkanet root powder – derived from a root of alkanet plant.
- cocoa powder – derived from cocoa tree.
Note: I saw some recipes that suggested using red clays. I tried it and to be honest, did not like that. Clay has very high absorbing and drying properties. When I tried using a lip balm with clay, it did feel drying. Clays are super for lip exfoliation, but not for a prolonged use when we are trying to keep our lips moisturized.
Making Different Colors and Shades with Natural Colors
PINK COLOR – add beet root powder
DEEP RED COLOR – add alkanet root powder and beet root powder in 1:1 proportion.
RED/PURPLE COLOR – alkanet root
BROWN RED COLOR – add alkanet root powder and cocoa powder in 2:1 proportion
6. Supplies You Need to Make A Lip Balm
You will need the following:
- Butter/s of your choice
- Wax Pallets
- Oil/s of your choice
- Natural coloring as above (if you are planning to make a tinted balm)
- Essential oil (optional)
- Balm tubes
Glass oil dropper (optional but highly recommended. You can reuse the dropper from an old bottle – just clean it thoroughly. You can also purchase droppers on Amazon. Go for the glass one, because you will be transferring hot mixture of oils and butters into the tube. You want to make sure that plastic dropper will not melt on you).
7. How Long Can You Store a Homemade Lip Balm?
I have a great news: you can store this balm for a very long time – at least a year.
Yeah!!!!! (unlike many other homemade products like masks, toners and face washes)
And I am being conservative saying a year. I honestly have few lip balms that I made more than 3 years ago – nothing is wrong with them. I do not know if I would easily recommend anybody to store any product for that long, but hey – thought I would mention that.
So you can easily make make the whole bunch of them and keep them in every pocket (this is what I do). Give them as presents, give them to your kids, friends etc.