Stop and consider the things that make up your lip moisturizer of choice. ‘Chapstick’ lip balm contains 11 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety in cosmetic formulas. Blistex Lip Revitalizer scores in 9 of 12 toxic parameters and also contains two carcinogens (Saccharin and glycolic acid) that are linked to skin cancer. Because of this, I do not have store-bought chapstick in my home!

Instead, I make my own lip moisturizer in the warmth and comfort of my own little home! The best part about this chapstick is that it is non-toxic! Last week I caught my 3 year old daughter eating the contents of a chapstick tube she found in my room, and I didn’t even have to contact poison control 😉 Not only is this homemade chapstick non-toxic, but it’s three ingredients are EXTREMELY beneficial to your skin.

While the following ingredients of this chapstick can be used for many, many other things, below I have described the qualities that will benefit you in using this specific product.

 Shea Butter – It’s high content of essential fatty acids and natural anti-oxidant compounds provide extreme moisturizing capabilites with exceptional healing properties, as well as cellular restoration. Vitamins A, E and F in shea butter are important for improving a number of skin conditions including burns, sores, blemishes, wrinkles, psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, stretch marks, insect bites and frost bite. It also contains cinnamic acid, a substance that helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Shea butter easily penetrates the skin, allowing the skin to breathe and does not clog pores.

Coconut Oil – This amazing oil has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. (Several people I have given this chapstick to as a gift, have reported nasty cold sores disappearing almost as quick as they came, with no scars!)

Beeswax – Beeswax offers anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities, making it potentially beneficial for treating minor skin irritations. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a lip balm that contains beeswax during the cold weather to reduce chances of developing chapped lips. When blended into skin care products, beeswax acts as an emollient and a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and sealing it, and also provides a film of protection against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. Beeswax also contains vitamin A, which benefits in softening and rehydrating dry skin in cell reconstruction.

Personally, I have one tube for my lips, and one for cuts and other gashes. This stuff benefits more than just your lips! It literally takes 5 minutes to melt together and pour into tubes, and they’re great to make in bulk for gifts and to hand out!

1 tbsp. Shea Butter
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 tbsp. Beeswax
Essential Oil (optional)
Empty tubes can be ordered on Amazon

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Drop the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a small glass bowl (add the essential oil at the end). Heat the bowl until contents are completely melted. You can achieve this by either 1- using the microwave and stirring occasionally, or 2- placing the small bowl in a small pan with boiling water. Make sure the water level in the pan will not boil over and spill into the glass bowl!

FYI: By using the microwave, you are slowly killing off the beneficial qualities in these ingredients. While it may be quicker, your finished product may not have the amazing healing power!

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When the ingredients are completely melted together, add your choice of essential oil. I’ve only ever used peppermint essential oil, if any. If you choose not to use essential oil, the chapstick will have an earthy, nutty scent and flavor.

The first few times I made this, I used a ¼ tsp. measuring spoon and drizzled it into each tube. Here comes my blonde moment. Ready? The last time I ordered tubes, I forgot to order plastic pipettes to use to fill the tubes, yet again. So, I continue to use the measuring spoon… So, however you can get the mixture into the tubes, do it!

TIP: Keep in mind that this hot mixture cools quickly, so I suggest working where it is somewhat warm, or at the least where there is no breeze. Reheat it as necessary to get the most out of your product!

The measurements listed above make approximately 8 chapstick tubes.

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