Now that the cold weather has arrived many of us will have a lip balm tucked in purse or pocket. It works great at keeping those lips soft and kissable. But did you know that it’s also very useful in many different situations? And did you also know how easy it is to make your own all-natural lip balm that works better than many expensive products?
Lip Balm for Skin Care:
Winter cold and indoor heat combine to leave skin dry and cracked. Sometimes that needed lotion just isn’t available which isn’t a problem as long as lip balm is handy.
- Smooth lip balm over nail beds to moisturize rough cuticles;
- Smooth out those rough, scratchy elbows;
- Moisturizes and heals chapped hands, fingers and knuckles.
- Protect skin from windburn – apply a generous layer all over exposed skin;
- Protect from sunburn – does not have any SPF but good as an emergency use for short periods;
Lip Balm for Grooming:
The homemade lip balm (recipe below) is very much a gentle healing ointment.
- Soothes and moisturizes that fragile area underneath the eye;
- Gently removes eye makeup;
- Minimized fine lines around the eye;
- Blend with a little eye-shadow to make eye gloss;
- Remove mascara smudges;
- Protect your skin before colouring hair – first add a layer of lip balm to the hairline;
- Combat frizz and flyaway hair – put a dab on a finger and pat the hair down;
- Smooths eyebrows – keeps those stray hairs in place;
- Grooms the mustache and keeps it looking the way it should.
Lip Balm for Emergency First-Aid:
- Dab a bit on a small cut to stop the bleeding and prevent infection;
- Prevent blisters from forming by applying a generous amount on the rubbed-raw area;
- Nursing mothers can relieve soreness by rubbing lip balm on nipples;
- Protect healing scars from sunburn;
- Soothe irritated skin from colds or allergies by applying some lip balm with a tissue in and around the nose.
Lip Balm around the House:
- Keep zippers zipping smooth by running lip balm up and down the zipper a few times;
- Dab on a small hole in an umbrella – waterproof too;
- Lubricate drawer tracks with lip balm;
- Wipe lip balm all around the thread of light bulbs before screwing into the outdoor fixture – makes the bulbs much easier to remove;
- Remove label residue – leave it on for a few minutes to work, then wipe off;
- Coat screws and nails to ease them into wood;
- Unexpected meeting and your shoes are scuffed? No problem, simply put some lip balm on a tissue and wipe;
- Put a dab on the knot of shoelaces to keep them tied;
- Protect a dog’s paws by applying lip balm before heading out in the winter.
2 Tbsp. beeswax, grated
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. cocoa butter (this can be replaced by shea or mango butter)
3 vitamin e capsules
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract or any other pure extract of choice – I used peppermint.
- Put the grated beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter into a measuring cup
- Boil 1 cup of water in a small pan that is large enough to hold the measuring cup – once the water is boiling, remove from heat, place a canning ring on the bottom of the pan, set the measuring cup on top of the canning ring and return to low heat until everything is melted together
- Remove from heat and, using a wooden spoon, immediately stir in the contents of the vitamin e capsules and the extract
- Pour into small glass jar and let cool. If desired, some of the mixture can be poured into an old, empty lipstick case. Don’t worry if you can’t get all the lipstick out – it will just mix in with the hot balm.
And there you are – an easy to make all-natural lip balm ready to be used in a myriad of ways. If you know of any other uses, please share in the comments below.
Talk to you again next week,
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