This lip balm couldn’t be easier to make! It uses only five ingredients, all of which are easily accessible (often from one source!) so there’s really no excuse not to make this completely natural beauty product in the comfort of your own home. What I love about this balm most is that it’s a bit of a multi-tasker. Apart from moisturising your lips, you can also use it on dry elbows, knees, feet and even your baby’s bottom – either to moisturise the skin or to treat nappy rash! All of the ingredients are absolutely safe to use on baby’s delicate skin – in fact, I dare say that they’re safer than some of the widely-sold products aimed at babies! (You can check out my post Keep away from children: ingredients to avoid in baby skincare products which you can use to identify some of the potentially harmful ingredients commonly found in baby skincare.)
Here are some of the key properties of each ingredient:
- shea butter – known for its deep moisturising properties, it’s naturally rich in Vitamins A, E and F, as well as fatty acids; shea butter is also renowned for its soothing and healing properties to treat wounds and broken skin.
- cocoa butter – brilliant natural moisturiser which is naturally high in fatty acids which contribute to healthy cell membranes; it’s also a great source of natural antioxidants.
- (sweet) almond oil – contains Vitamin E which is essential for repairing skin.
- beeswax – acts as a protective, breathable layer on the skin’s surface; it also helps to lock in moisture.
- honey – has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, it also has healing and soothing properties on wounds and broken skin.
As for the ingredients, I personally buy a lot of raw ingredients for making my own skincare products, including the ones for this recipe, from Akoma. They are an amazing supplier of a wide range of natural products, many of which are also organic and certified by the Soil Association (i.e. the highest certification). Akoma work very closely with cooperatives in Ghana which produce some of their ingredients using traditional methods that don’t harm the environment. Many of their products are also fairly traded, meaning the workers are paid a fair wage.
Soothing shea & honey lip balm (and more!)
Makes 30ml of lip balm
- 8g shea butter
- 5g cocoa butter
- 10ml (2 tsp) sweet almond oil
- 5g beeswax
- 5ml (1 tsp) good-quality honey
- electronic kitchen scales
- double boiler (i.e. a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water)
- small glass beaker/ jug
- metal spoon for stirring
- metal measuring spoons
- milk frother
- small container pots
- Melt the butters, almond oil and beeswax in the double boiler. Make sure not to let the oils reach boiling point – low heat is absolutely fine.
- Add the honey and stir gently until it gets dissolved.
- As honey is water-soluble (not oil-soluble), it won’t fully dissolve so it’ll have to be mixed. First of all though, remove the mixture from the pan and mix with the frother for a minute or so. If you don’t have a frother – just stand the jug in a bowl of cold water and keep stirring until the mixture cools down.
- Once you see the mixture thickening and still being pourable, pour it into your container pots and leave to set.
Recipe inspiration credit: Karen Gilbert ‘Natural Beauty’
Have you ever made a lip balm before? If so, I’d love to hear what ingredients you’ve used so please let me know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I simply love all the organisations and the book mentioned within the post and so wanted to share the love. I purchased all of the products myself and all of the opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest.