The Best Homemade Lip Balms

Lip balms are made the same way as salves, using 1 part beeswax to 2.5 parts oil. These proportions will yield a fairly hard lip balm. To adjust the consistency, you can increase the bees-wax-to-oil ratio for a harder balm or decrease it for a softer one. You can choose oils possessing the desired effects and include appropriate herbal-infused oils and essential oils for a custom formula. The Ingredients chapter offers guidelines for choosing the appropriate herbs and oils. Many of my customers favor the scent of citrus essential oils in lip balms, but it is important to remember that these tend to be drying and may cause the lips to dehydrate if too much is added. The amount of essential oil used in the following recipes shouldn’t cause a problem, but pay attention to how they affect your lips and make adjustments in the formulas as you see fit. When making lip balms it is helpful to use heat-proof measuring cups with ounce or half-

Lips and Mouth ounce gradations to help you measure accurately. To make the following formulas, please refer to Directions for Salves and Balms on p. 224.

I find that coating the lips thoroughly with lip balm prior to sleep helps to heal damaged lips. If your lips are dry and chapped, it is also helpful to drink plenty of water and to avoid spicy, salty foods.

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