soothing balms and glosses


Soothing Glosses and Balms


Lipstick, as we know it, was introduced in Paris in 1910. Beeswax was a key ingredient then and still is today, as manufacturers haven’t been able to develop a suitable substitute for it.You don’t have to spend $15 at a cosmetic-counter for a bright, beautiful smile, however. Natural lip glosses and balms are easy to create at home. Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Bee Balm for Lips

Makes 1 ½ ounces

Bees provide a valuable lip balm ingredient—beeswax! This rich balm will soften and protect your lips. You can use it alone or as a base for colored lipstick.

• 2 tablespoons grated beeswax

• 1 teaspoon sunflower oil

• 1 teaspoon apricot kernel oil

• 1/8 teaspoon vitamin e oil

On a stove or in a microwave, gently heat beeswax and oils until melted; be careful to not overheat. Stir well to combine. Pour into a small, clean container, then cool completely.

Fresh Spearmint Lip Gloss

Makes 1/2 ounce

Spearmint makes this gloss feel refreshing and soothing on your lips. Also try using other mints, such as orange, pineapple, cinnamon or chocolate mint. If you don’t have fresh mint on hand, substitute dried mint until fresh leaves are available.

• 1 teaspoon fresh mint leaves OR 1/2 teaspoon dried leaves

• 1 teaspoon grated beeswax

Place mint in a container; gently bruise leaves to release essential oils. Pour oil over leaves and let sit for a few days. Strain oil, then add it to beeswax. On a stove or in a microwave, gently heat mixture until wax melts. Stir well and pour into a small, clean container.

Red Clover Lip Gel

Makes 1/2 ounce

Here’s an old folk remedy for dry, chapped lips. You can find red clover blossoms at your natural food store, or possibly in your own garden. Its flowers yield a sweet, honey-like substance that has anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.

• 1/2 tablespoon dried red clover flowers

OR 1 tablespoon fresh flowers • 1/4 cup water • 1/4 teaspoon clover honey • 1/8 teaspoon vitamin e oil• 1/8 teaspoon cornstarch (arrowroot powder may also be used)

In a small pan, bring clover, water and honey to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, then strain liquid. Return liquid to pan and stir in oil and cornstarch, mixing well. Heat mixture until it forms a clear gel (about 1 to 2 minutes). Cool gel completely, stirring occasionally. Spoon into a clean container.

Beet Root Lip Stain

Makes 1 ounce

Lip stains are perfect when you want just a hint of color. This recipe uses dried beet root powder, which is sold at natural food stores. You also could try fresh berry juice or alkanet root powder for color variations.

• 2 tablespoons light oil, such as sunflower, almond or walnut • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax

• 1/8 to 1 teaspoonbeet root powder(depending on color desired)

On a stove or in a microwave, gently heat oils and beeswax to melt wax. Add beet root powder and stir well. Don’t worry if the mixture seems to separate; it will congeal when cool. As the mixture cools, you can add more powder, if necessary, to reach the desired shade (pink to deep red). Spoon lip stain into a clean container.

Aloe Vera Lip Gloss

Makes 1/2 ounce

This light lip gloss will protect, shine and moisturize your lips. Aloe vera gel’s high moisture content is very soothing. If you have an aloe plant, simply split one of the leaves lengthwise and squeeze out some of the clear gel.

• 1 teaspoon fresh aloe vera gel

• 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

• 1/8 teaspoon vitamin e oil

Mix together aloe and oils; stir well. Pour into a small, clean container.

Natural Lip Care

Compared to the rest of our bodies, our lips are unique both for their appearance and their make-up. They have no sweat glands, few sebaceous oil glands and their only protection from the outside world is saliva—which really isn’t all that helpful.

Keep your lips looking and feeling their best with these simple tips.

• To exfoliate dry lips, apply a layer of light oil, then gently brush your lips with a warm, wet washcloth or soft toothbrush. • Avoid licking your lips. This actually dries them out more, causing them to chap and crack. • Condition your lips as you sleep by coating them with a layer of lip gloss or natural oil, such as coconut oil, before you go to bed. • If you are susceptible to cold sores, look for products and recipes with peppermint or eucalyptus oil. These natural antimicrobials can help fight cold sores. Also add a few drops of these oils to your favorite lip product recipe. • If you spend a lot of time outdoors, use sunscreen on your lips. Lips can develop skin cancer if not protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

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