Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lush Inspired - Homemade Winter Lip Balm

Lush Inspired Series

Keep your lips soft, smooth and hydrated during the winter.
This winter lip balm is formulated to moisturize, hydrate and protect my lips to avoid chapped lips during the cold winter months. And like most homemade skin care products it is actually quite easy to make...

We'll use today a new recipe for the "Lip Service Lip Balm" from the Lush web-site.

Lush Ingredients:
Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), African Marigold Water (Tagetes erecta), Beeswax (Cera alba), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca), Tangerine Oil (Citrus Tangerina), Sodium Borate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Flavour, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

We'll exclude African Marigold Water (Tagetes erecta), Sodium Borate, Flavour
we're going to add a natural antioxidant instead of Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

So this is my list of Ingredients (no water phase):
Cocoa Butter (antioxidant, soothing) - 3ml
Beeswax (provides a natural moisture barrier) - 1ml
Shea Butter (moisturizing) - 3ml
Olive Oil (nourishing) - 2ml
Apricot Kernel Oil (emollient) - 1ml
Tangerine Essential Oil (antiseptic) - 2 drops
Vitamin E (antioxidant) - 2 drops

In a double boiler combine the oils and beeswax and heat until the beeswax has completely melted, blend with a handheld mixer or whisk until the mixture is creamy. Add a few drops of Tangerine Essential Oil, Vitamin E and stir to mix thoroughly. If you don't like the citrus scent of Tangerine, add Tea Tree EO (also antiseptic) or any other 100% Pure EO. Then pour the lip balm into the small lip balm jar or chopstick tube and it is ready for use.

Shelf Life:
About two month in a dry, cool place.

Enjoy :)

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