My lips get very chapped, and I’d like to make my own lip balm. How do I do that?
Lip balm is easy to make. The basic formula is 1/4 cup vegetable or nut oil, 1/4 ounce beeswax, 1 teaspoon honey or glycerine (humectants), and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon natural flavoring oil such as peppermint or lemon.
Heat the oil and beeswax in a double boiler until the beeswax is melted. Remove from heat and whip with an electric beater until creamy. Add the honey or glycerine and flavoring oil; whip some more. Store in small glass jars.
Try different oils on your lips to choose the best one for your skin. I tried a drop of apricot kernel oil on my lips and never had to look further-it felt perfect. And experiment with flavoring oils, too. My daughter wouldn’t even consider using my homemade lip balm until I flavored it with peppermint flavoring oil, and now she uses it daily in the winter.