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DIY Moisturizing Citrus Lip Balm

Homemade lip balm with Citrus Bliss(R) blend essential oil

Homemade lip balm with Citrus Bliss(R) blend essential oil

A friend introduced me to doTERRA essential oils a year ago, but I just recently started to read more about ways to use essential oils and to experiment with them more on my own. I’ve been especially interested in gradually making over my beauty cabinet and moving toward more natural products.

Skin and lip products and lotions sit on our skin all day long, and the ingredients are absorbed in our systems and, in the case of lip products, are often ingested. Even though the Snopes site debunked the claims that the average woman ingests 3-10 pounds of lip products over her lifetime (Fun Fact: She’d have to apply lipstick 9-31 times per day every day for 55 years and swallow ALL of the product), there’s no doubt that some is ingested. I usually carry around a tube of drug store lip balm, but after I use it, my lips feel dry again (sometimes even dryer) after about 15 minutes, and after reading about some of the ingredients that can potentially cause skin irritations/allergies, endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity, I decided to try a DIY natural approach.

I looked at various online recipes for lip balms, and came up with the one below:

Citrus Lip Balm Recipe:

2 Tbsp beeswax

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp mango butter (you can substitute or combine cocoa butter and/or shea butter)

1 tsp rose hip oil (optional)

1 capsule Vitamin E oil (optional)

8-10 drops doTERRA Citrus Bliss® (a blend of essential oils including wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, and clementine with a hint of vanilla)

Beeswax melting

Beeswax melting

Melted mixture

Melted mixture

DIRECTIONS: Put 1 – 1.5″ of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the beeswax to a Pyrex cup and place in the center of the boiling pot. Heat until beeswax melts, and add coconut oil, mango butter and rose hip oil and stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove cup from heat and allow to cool for 3 minutes. Add essential oil drops and stir. Pour liquid mixture into jars or tubes and allow to cool and harden. If using lip balm tubes, you’ll want to use some sort of pipette or dropper.

This recipe made three 2 oz. jars plus a little extra.

You can check out my doTERRA store to find Citrus Blend. The other ingredients you can find at most health food stores or order online like I did. I also ordered the jars online.

I was surprised at how easy and quick this was (the melting process only took about 8-10 minutes) and was very happy with the results. It truly feels like my lips are moisturized, and an hour later they still feel moisturized! Next time, I will cut back on the beeswax and increase the mango butter and coconut oil for a slightly softer consistency and may try adding a little bit of honey which is a great natural moisturizer with polyphenols (antioxidants).

What DIY cosmetic products are you interested in?

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