“That stuff is bad for you, you know?”
That was the first time I ever heard anyone say that about the popular brand lip balm that I was lathering on my lips. I was a self-proclaimed lip balm addict. I carried it wherever I went, had several tubes in the car, the house, coat pockets, and my desk at work. I would buy in bulk from the local big discount store and life came to a halt if I did not have it. I would go into a slight panic attack, my lips would become drier than the desert and the world would stop if I momentarily lost mine deep in the purse pocket. On the way out the door, going through the mental checklist of things I needed to have, if I felt I was forgetting something, my kids would ask, “Do you have your lip balm?” I am not exaggerating here. This was life. It revolved around my trusty lip balm. I was addicted.
That was before she said, ” That stuff is bad for you, you know?”
Nope. I did not know. How could it be bad for me? It is literally saving me from crusty, dry and cracked lips. How could any such magical thing be bad for me? Well, it turns out she was right. It really is bad for you. Here’s why:
Many commercial brand lip balms contain ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid that are intended on making the lips drier. You have to apply more, and it becomes a vicious cycle. Sometimes there are ingredients that are added that will cause a tingling feeling when you apply them. In our heads, we think the tingle means it is working, but what’s happening is they work to cause irritation or remove outer layers of the skin. Basically, they work as an exfoliant and since they are exfoliating, your lips will feel drier and you will feel the need to keep reapplying. Addicted.
And this really just touches the surface of what’s “bad” about the lip balms we use. In one article I found about the dangers of using commercial lip balm, the expert doctor suggested finding a lip balm that used “simple, petroleum-based products.” Well, no. The problem with that is that petroleum products are made out of petroleum – as in gas, the same kind you put in your car – petroleum has been recognized as a carcinogen and could be a possible cause of breast cancer.
Other ingredients include:
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – Health concerns linked to these chemicals include endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer and respiratory irritation.
- Parabens (Propylparaben Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, and other ingredients ending in –paraben) – Parabens are potential endocrine disruptors due to their ability to mimic estrogen. This effect is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and their use may also influence the development of malignant melanoma – a form of skin cancer. In men, propyl and butyl parabens appear to reduce sperm production and lead to reduced testosterone levels.
- Phthalates (fragrances) – which are strong hormone disruptors linked to decreased sperm count in men and reduced female fertility. Phthalates can also cause a worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms.
- Chemical sunscreens – if you get me started on the dangers of chemical sunscreens we will be here until the cows come home. Just don’t use it. (Going on vacation and need a reliable sunscreen? Check out the Froggy Homestead All Natural Sunscreen here. ) Be sure to be on the lookout in the future for the evils of chemical sunscreens.
- Vitamin E – What????? You weren’t expecting that to be on the list, were you? Yup, it turns out 33% of people are allergic to topical Vitamin E, which is often used in natural beauty products to act as a preservative. Now, please don’t misunderstand me, Vitamin E is essential to the human body and a powerful antioxidant that could potentially prevent or delay chronic diseases associated with free radicals, BUT topically, Vitamin E has been proven to cause contact dermatitis in 33% of people who have used it. Since most natural Vitamin E is derived from soy, it could be a reaction to the soy that people respond to negatively; however, according to EWG, synthetic Vitamin E is more concerning in regards to allergins.
So the big world of lip balms I never gave a second thought to using all of the sudden became my enemies. There was no way I could use them. They were, after all, pretending to care for my lips while really they were attempting to wreak havoc and feed my addiction. Of course, I tried the “natural” lip balms. You know, the ones owned by Clorox and traded those really natural ingredients for soy and canola. Yeah, those ones. The tube even looks like it is a better option, doesn’t it? But no, the peppermint made my eyes water and soy is another topic that will have me ranting like a madwoman. So what is a girl to do? A girl who is on a journey to be self-sustaining and as natural as this world can allow?
Make my own of course!!! And oh, my, gosh! How can it be this easy????? If I would have known that I can make 20 tubes of lip balm in less than 5 minutes, I would like to think I would have been doing this for years. That is less time than it would take for me to get my car out of the driveway to go to the store to buy some!!! AND I am not limited to flavors. The world is my oyster for flavors folks. Before, I would be stuck with whatever leftovers were on the shelf whether I liked it or not. But the really cool thing? The price. Each lip balm tube costs me $0.27 to make!!! Come on. You can’t beat that. You won’t ever get a deal like that, even in the bulk stores.
So here’s the deal: I like to keep it simple. You can add whatever you want to yours. There are recipes for lip balms with 20 different kinds of oils, but I really like to keep it simple (with the exception of a lemon balm oil recipe that I will share in the future). Also, it takes the exact same effort to make one tube as it does to make 20. THE EXACT SAME EFFORT. I also like knowing that if I lose my tube, I can just grab another and go, so I make 20 at a time. Plus, I really like giving them away. Like really like it. I may have given some away unsolicited a few times.
Before I share my recipe with you, I feel like I should tell you that while I still really enjoy lip balm, I no longer feel “addicted”. I also feel that my lips are healthier and in better shape than they have been in the past
20 years 5 years that I have been using lip balms. I am really amazed at what a difference a homemade product has made for me.
So, here we go. Jen’s Froggy DIY Lip Balm.
Froggy DIY Lip Balm
- Double boiler (or glass bowl over pot of hot water)
- Food scale
- Metal spoon
- Lip Balm tubes
- Lip balm pouring tray
- 3 oz Cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil
- .5 oz Beeswax
- 10 drops Your favorite essential oil blend
- Prepare your tubes by inserting them into the tray firmly.
- Add water to the bottom of your double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, create one using a glass bowl over a pot with an inch or 2 of water in it. You don't want the water touching the bowl. (I picked my double boiler up at an antique sale, be on the lookout for these kinds of things at garage sales and such.)
- When the water is hot, but not boiling, add the coconut oil and beeswax to the bowl.
- Stir the oil and beeswax until it is melted together.
- Once it is melted, remove from heat and add the essential oils immediately.
- Pour quickly, but carefully, into the tubes in the lip balm tray. Use a spatula to smooth out the tops and move the wax mixture into the tubes equally. (Sometimes, I will take the excess and melt it down again quickly. This will normally give me one or two more tubes.)
- Let the tubes rest in the tray for at least 15 minutes before capping. Store in cool location for up to one year.
- That's it! Enjoy your lip balm!
If you try this lip balm, let me know how you like it! Tag Froggy and use #Froggylipbalm!
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