Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Vegan-friendly skincare | DIY lip balm tutorial

One of my newest writing clients is Simply Vegan, the 'ultimate vegan lifestyle magazine'. In the December issue (on the newsstand now) is my beeswax-free lip balm DIY, which was so much fun to make.

I ended up with quite a few pots of these lovely lip balms in both flavours and realised they'll make lovely Christmas gifts. So, friends - please neglect your lips between now and Christmas so my balm can really work its magic!

Here's the DIY in full for anyone who'd like to make their own:

Going vegan means checking the ingredients of anything you put on your lips as well as in your mouth. Lip balm is often made using beeswax which, like honey, is not compatible with cruelty-free living. Beeswax is made by worker bees to build honeycomb cells – homes for their young – and to cap honey and pollen cells. Its use in beauty products is on the up, as it’s a natural way to moisturise and add shine.

The good news is that there are plant-based alternatives to beeswax, making vegan-friendly lip balms easy to buy but also to make at home. And you can experiment with a range of bee-free ingredients such as candelilla or soy wax, shea or cocoa butter, and coconut oil to create your base. Choose your favourite essential oils to give your lip balm fragrance but also as a way to unlock some of their therapeutic qualities. Oils to avoid due to their photosensitivity include lemon, grapefruit and bergamot, as well as rose, all of which can cause irritation or make your lips susceptible to sunburn, which isn’t the look we’re going for! Instead opt for peppermint (great for digestive issues) fennel (full of antioxidants) and lavender (universally calming), or try orange (mood-lifting) and vanilla (antidepressant) for a feel-good festive blend.

Vegan-friendly skincare | DIY lip balm

You will need:
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp cocoa butter
Essential oils

For the orange and vanilla lip balm:
15 drops sweet orange oil
10 drops vanilla or ½ tsp vanilla extract

For the lavender, fennel and peppermint lip balm:
6 drops lavender
3 drops fennel
2 drops peppermint

2x 30ml jars

1. Measure out your coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter into a jam jar or bowl.
2. Set the bowl over a pan of boiling water but do not allow the bowl to touch the water. Watch the oils – as soon as they’ve all melted, take the pan off the heat.
3. Alternatively put the jam jar in the microwave for 60-90 seconds or until the oils are melted.
4. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes before adding your essential oils.
5. Stir well before pouring into your jars. Be careful not to spill the mixture around the top of the jar as this will make it difficult to open the lid once cooled.
6. To speed up the cooling process, you can put your jars into the fridge or freezer.

Amphora Aromatics sells everything you need to make your homemade lip balm, and can offer help and advice on creating your own blends:

Would you make your own? What oils would you use? Can I send you a pot?! Let me know in the comments. Mwah.

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