Want to create your own lip balm for chapped lips at approximately 1/50th of the cost? Here’s how I did it.
Recently, we moved from below sea level near the coastal plains of Texas all the way up to the piney mountains of New Mexico. This is when I realised immediately just how dry the air at 9,000ft elevation could be.
My nose bled, my hands and feet felt dehydrated, my rings slid off, my throat was dry and scratchy and I was always thirsty! And yes, my lips started to feel dry, flaky and burned.
I was suffering from chapped lips!
One of the reasons we moved to the mountains of New Mexico was to get away from the humidity and heat of Texas, but it was also to become more self-sustaining. This meant being able to make our own foods, products and remedies when possible. Not to mention, it’s a 30 minute jaunt down the mountain to the nearest dollar store and approximately 90 minutes to the nearest retail and grocery store.
I had an old tube of sunscreen for lips manufactured by a popular sunscreen company, but it burned like wildfire on my dried lips, not to mention the ingredients weren’t necessarily optimal. Moreover, after doing some research on the ingredients, I found that the disintegration of some of the ingredients actually caused adverse health effects and were also toxic to the environment!
Did I mention the tube was old?
I also had two ‘nearly’ empty tubes of natural lip balm that I had been scraping clean using my finger nails and a jar of organic coconut oil that I obsessively stuck my hand in, slathering it on my lips. Unfortunately, the coconut oil absorbed too quickly.
I needed something ASAP!!!
So…one quick google search on DIY lip balm for dry lips and BAM, I found a recipe that consisted of a handful of natural ingredients, all of which I had on hand. It was time to give this a try!
I excitedly emptied and cleaned out the 3 tubes I had on hand, collected the ingredients and got down to it. Oh, and I happily extracted the toxic plug of chemicals from the tube of death for certain!!! I probably should have thrown it away, but I wasn’t sure how many tubes I could make.
Now, let me preface this by saying I don’t have a magazine ready kitchen counter, fancy boutique equipment or a camera crew to film some perfectly manicured media princess putting my craft together. You get what you get from this newly labeled ‘au natural’ mountain home momma!
The recipe I found seemed as though it would be too much for the tubes I had on hand, so I ‘eyeballed’ a reduction of ingredients and roughly quartered-ish the batch.
*Note: I probably didn’t do the best math, but next time, I’ll be more precise.
1 (plus a tad) TBSP Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
1 (plus a tad) tsp Beeswax
1/4 tsp raw unfiltered honey straight from the hive on site
1 tsp almond oil (carrier for my essentials)
10 drops clary sage and 8 drops of 20% diluted frankincense oils (recipe calls for lavender)
I also did a little extra research on essential oils for dry and older skin (I’m 50!!!), and found Clary Sage and Frankincense to top the list of lip skin essentials. I had them on hand, so why not!
Three tubes of anti-aging lip balm for about .30 (.10 a tube) compared to the $15-20 to replace them at local store prices!
All natural and just 5 ingredients that I can feel safe about touching my lips and NOT causing adverse health issues. The only downside is they weren’t as STIFF as store bought, but I believe with a little extra practice and more attention to the measurements, I will be even more successful.
After an hour of the balm on my lips?
Smooth and hydrated! No more chapped lips and a major savings in cost, not to mention the savings of time and gas not having to trek down the mountain.