Stop using regular store bought lip balms and save money and your skin! For years, I’ve been using regular store bought lip balms. What we find at our local grocery store or drug store may not be a healthy option. As many women (and some men) can attest, we can spend quite a few dollars using some of the high end and organic brands of lip balms.
Watch the Ingredients on Your Skin too
We are cautious with watching our food ingredients so why haven’t I considered what goes on my skin too? I really can’t answer that, but I can assure you it’s what we should all be doing. The harmful chemicals lingering in our bathroom cabinets can be equally as harmful as those in our pantries.
Essential oils were something I heard about, but never actually studied until a couple of years ago. After researching and learning the various chemicals I was putting ON my body, I remembered thinking – WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS I DOING????? Was I so naive to think that changing my dietary habits would be the WIN I needed to get our family healthier?
Swollen Lips caused me to look further into my lip products
A second situation happened to cause me to look further into making my own lip balm. A few years ago, I woke up to my lips swollen as I’d just been hit with a baseball, except they itched horribly too. So, what happened to them is beyond me. It had gotten so bad I ended up in the Emergency Room. After a round of monitoring my vitals, asking 101 questions and giving me some meds I was referred to my allergist. I have a severe peanut allergy, but I knew I hadn’t eaten anything with peanuts in it.
After another complete round of allergy testing (yes, with the needle marks all on your back and arms), they still couldn’t determine what it was. The solution was to keep a journal to determine what could be the culprit. I remember every time I used any lip products with a color I had the same effect. However, there were also times it just happened without adding any lip products. I got to the point of fear and not wanting to hide in my house again that I stopped using any lip products. MANY people would tell me to try this one or that one, and none of them worked without the itchy feeling and swelling coming back.
Bringing in Essential Oils
Fast forward to my essential oil experience. I am by far an expert, but can tell you one thing I won’t ever buy from the drug store or supermarket again! Lip Balm! Let me share some very simple solutions that can help you avoid harmful chemicals on your body AND to help you save a ton of money.
Lip Balm with organic ingredients and essential oils have to be my favorite of all! We need to watch ingredients like parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances and BHT and other harmful chemicals in the broad range of lip products. What I made that is by far much healthier and best of all, no itching or swelling lips for me. I remember many times trying various lip products that ended up in the trashcan that I spent $5 plus on, so needless to say; I am saving a ton of money. *Items listed below I get a small commission from, but it will cost you no extra money to purchase.
Ingredients are as follows:
- 1 tsp. Organic Shea Butter
- 1 tsp. Organic Yellow Beeswax Pellets
- 1 tsp. Organic Coconut Oil (I get this at our local grocery store)
- 3 drops of Vegetable Glycerin
- 3 drops of Castor Oil (guys may not want this as it will make a gloss effect)
- Clear Empty Lip Balm Tubes
- 5 drops of a Clinical Grade Tea Tree Essential Oil (I used this one because of the added skin-related benefits. Others can be utilized as well). Check it out here: Clinical Grade Ameo Tea Tree Oil
- 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. of Organic Beet Root Powder (for tinted color, not dark)
- Melt the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax using a double boiler. I used a pan with water and a glass measuring cup. Use medium heat. After the ingredients melt, you can add the rest of the ingredients listed. Stir well to combine and then pour into the Lip Balm Tubes carefully using a small funnel. The beetroot powder may go to the bottom of the measuring glass so make sure to stir it up consistently.
Now I can use a lip balm that I know all the ingredients, but more importantly, doesn’t cause the swelling and itchiness, so many other products have for me. The lip balm lasts a long time, but if it’s summer time don’t keep them in your car as they will melt fast!