How easy is it to forget to take care of our lips?
Especially with this windy/sunny/cooler weather!
While I'm rarely ever without a tube of lip balm, I can go weeks and weeks without even remembering to put lip balm on!
During snow season, I have lip balms hanging off me, one for every pocket of ski jackets and coats, one in the van, one in my handbag and even one in my snowboard bag.
So at the moment I am loving 2 lip balms the first being a super easy d.i.y that you can put together in 5 minutes and the second a nourishing lip balm by Synthesis Organics.
Ever since I whipped up this vegan lip balm recipe, I’ve really put in extra time perfecting it. It’s filled with ingredients like nontoxic soy wax, nourishing coconut oil and relaxing lavender essential oil, to keep your lips soft and supple. Plus skin soothers such as carrot seed oil and vitamin E to revitalize skin and heal chapped lips.
But it’s not just limited to lips – apply this balm anywhere you have dry skin. Call me weird, but I love using it on my knee caps (they get so dry in winter)
Whilst you probably don't think much about what goes onto your lips, it is good to know that some things we do apply to our lips can be negative for our health, like a LOT of beauty products there are so many hidden toxins, heavy metals and chemicals. Rather than risk it? Why not create it!
Beeswax is usually the wax of choice in most natural beauty products, but even though bees aren’t harmed when collecting it, it’s still an animal product and unsuitable for vegans. By combining a plant-based wax with a solid oil like coconut oil, you can effectively replace the beeswax altogether and still end up with a nourishing lip balm. Some alternatives are soy wax, Carnauba wax or Candelilla wax.- When melted, mix with a little coconut oil (the more coconut oil you add the more shinier your lips will be) You could even add a dash of dried raspberry or beetroot powder to give it a touch of pink tint.
Natural sun protectors are a thing, and I recommend adding it to your lip balm. I like to use Carrot seed oil which is also super high in vitamins and minerals. Pair that with the lovely #Lavender and you are soothing and healing your lips.
I recommend using DōTERRA Lavender Essential Oil as it is 100% pure with no hidden additives.
Other options are:
Vitamin E oil – While not technically an “essential oil”, Vitamin E oil keeps skin looking young and radiant.
Geranium – Geranium oil helps soothe dry, cracked skin. Plus, it smells like a dream.
Camellia – Camellia oil has been scientifically proven to reduce the signs of aging and increase collagen production, thus making lips look fuller.
Chamomile – Chamomile oil has long been known to soothe chapped skin and replenish moisture.
Almond oil – Chock full of healthy fats, almond oil replenishes moisture and locks it in so lips remain plump and flake-free.
Play around with what suits you, and if you're spending extra time in the sunshine then consider adding zinc oxide powder to your recipe.
Recipe: 2Tbs soy wax (your chosen wax) 1Tbs Coconut oil 20 drops Carrot seed oil 10 drops Lavender Essential oil 1. Place the wax and coconut oil in to a microwavable safe dish, microwave for 15 seconds intervals until melted, stir with a popsicle stick or toothpick to blend. 2. Let it cool for a couple of minutes, Add your oils and continue stirring, 3. Pour mixture into a glass jar or lip balm tube. Let cool before using. Use within 6 months.
Don't feel like creating a d.i.y lip balm but still need super silky lips without the toxic load?
Synthesis Organics Vegan lip balm is a delicious vegan balm to keep lips and any dry areas hydrated and nourished. Packed with all the healing goodness of Australian Paw Paw and Kakadu Plum.
Skin types: All – sensitive, dry & chapped lips.
95% Certified Organic, 100% Natural and Vegan