June 10, 2013

{diy} grapefruit lip balm

diy grapefruit lip balm / lifeinblush.com

I have to admit I’m in a very close and long-term relationship with lip balms. I like to have one on my night stand, in my purse, at work, in my gym bag, pretty much within arms length at all times. But try as I might to pretend that I’m not part of the ‘average woman eats 7lbs of lipstick in her lifetime’ stat I am eating my lip products so I figured why not stock myself up with lip balms that I know exactly what I’ll be eating? Yes, I could have just bought one of the many fantastic natural beauty lip balms on the market, but there’s something so satisfying about making it yourself. Plus it’s such an easy way to save money so those funds can funneled into other beauty products I’m craving and can’t make myself.

DIY Grapefruit Lip Balm / lifeinblush.com

here’s what you’ll need*:

  • 5 tbs (125ml) coconut oil
  • 5tbs (125ml) avocado oil
  • 5 tbs (125ml) jojoba oil
  • 3 tbs (75ml) manuka honey pellets
  • 20 drops of grapefruit essential oil

Combine the coconut, avocado and jojoba oils with the beeswax in a small pot and melt at low heat.  Once the oils and beeswax have melted together remove the pot from the stove element and add the grapefruit essential oil. The essential oil works as a ‘top note’ so it’s very important not to add it too early as the heat will burn it off.

DIY Grapefruit Lip Balm / lifeinblush.comPour into small containers and it will begin to solidify in a few minutes (so it’s important to work fast!)

Non-goopy or sticky, this lip balm can be best characterized as ‘barely there’. It coats your lips in a highly moisturizing layer, but if you’re looking for a high sheen this lip balm isn’t for you.

Enjoy!

*Notes:

  1. yields 30 1/8 oz lip pots so adjust the measurements accordingly depending on how much you want to make
  2. add a bit of ILIA Beauty ‘blossom lady’ to the pot just before adding the grapefruit essential oil if you want a soft pink colour
  3. manuka honey is known for its anti-bacterial, immune boosting and healing properties. It’s also full of antioxidants and free of synthetic pesticides, but if you don’t have any available regular beeswax pellets will work just as well
  4. next time I make this batch I’m going to add a bit more grapefruit essential oil as I found the scent very faint, but that’s just a personal preference
  • Margie

    Absolutely LOVED this post!! How easy to make chemical-free lip balm once you print off this post and have all the ingredients available. Great job, Sonja!!