I sometimes thank my parents that I’m blessed with a relatively clear skin; although it takes ages for me to get a tan (I need ten days when my brother needs one) I’ve never had any major problems with pimples or acne and that’s really something. As a result I’ve never had to invest that much money into skin care products and cosmetics, and although I am actually in favour of natural cream and makeup it’s really too expensive for me to buy on a regular basis.
So I actually use the same brands and the same products every day and I have been doing this since I use makeup and skin care products. The one thing that is complicated are my lips, because they always seem to crave more care, being dry and cracked (especially when it gets cold). So although I’m rather traditional with my other products I wanted to try something new and make my own version of a lip balm with partly reasonably good ingredients (I know I can do better, but I don’t have the money) and partly rather creative ones. As you know, necessity begets ingenuity. I actually wanted to do this for years, to be exact since I have seen a DIY like that on a children’s arts and crafts show many many years ago. They just used petroleum jelly and lipstick, but I wanted to do something more sophisticated. Here goes:
- petroleum jelly (14g)
- coconut oil (1 Tbsp.)
- cocoa butter (14g.)
- a vial of cake aroma (lemon)
- golden eye shadow
- small lip balm jar or container
- glass vessel
Measure out your ingredients and mix the petroleum jelly, coconut oil and cocoa butter in a glass vessel. You could now slowly melt it in a double boiler by putting some water in a pan and placing the vessel in the water, then heating it. But I am an impatient person, so put lid on the vessel (a small plate or bowl) and put it into the microwave.
Set the microwave to low temperature and the timer to about six minutes, checking on the mixture occasionally and maybe stirring it when necessary. If everything is liquid, carefully take out the vessel for it may be hot.
Now for the smell: Take one of the vials and add the scented liquid. Stir everything with a spoon. The mixture is now ready to be filled into the plastic container. Place in the fridge to harden faster.
Well, since I used cake aroma this lip balm smells and tastes like my favourite lemon cake I used to eat as a kid, and that is just marvellous! I think I will replace the petroleum jelly with beeswax the next time, for the jelly leaves just a tiny bit of synthetic taste in my mouth and doesn’t really fit to the other organic ingredients. But otherwise, it’s just perfect for my lips! They really do feel softer! Hope you are inspired!