I've never enjoyed the waxy feel of over-the-counter lip balm. When people talk about their lip balm addictions, or my girl friends reach into their purses for gloss several times in the course of a few hours, I'm the one scratching my head. I just don't get it. To me, chapstick feels like rubbing a warm candle on my mouth and gloss feels like wearing a thin layer of glue.
At five months pregnant, I'm starting to experience a lot of overall dryness. Yesterday, after two sunburns and some chapping, I was ready to cave in and try some lip balm. Luckily, Andrea had recently given me a tube of her homemade lip balm.
At about 10 pm last night, I put on a thin coat. I immediately rubbed my lips together to test the consistency. Instead of a thick, sticky feeling, Andrea's balm felt gentle and buttery without feeling greasy. The balm's texture also felt penetrating, instead of like a waterproof barrier.
Okay, I thought, I'm sold.
I headed off to bed, and like the pregnant woman I am, woke up several times in the night to head to the restroom. Each time I got up, my lips still felt moisturized and protected. And when I stumbled out of bed in the morning, I realized with surprise that my lips still felt exactly the way they had when I first applied the balm.
I decided this was nothing short of miraculous.
While you can't purchase Andrea's luscious lip balm at Aromatics International or on any store shelf, you can make it yourself. Her recipe calls for Orange essential oil, which mixes nicely with the nutty, appetizing aroma of shea butter. The overall scent is tasty, but not overpowering or sweet. (In other words, you won't be compelled it lick it right off.)
Ready for some serious bliss for your lips? Here is Andrea's recipe for soothing, healing lip balm:
10 drops Orange essential oil
1/2 oz Organic beeswax pellets
1 oz Certified organic jojoba oil
1 oz Organic shea butter
Melt 1/2 oz. beeswax and 1 oz jojoba in a double boiler. When melted take off the stove, add the shea butter and the Orange essential oil. Stir until melted and pour immediately into lip balm tins or lip balm tubes.
For a double boiler, try a Pyrex measuring cup rested in a soup pot filled half way with water.
Makes about four 1 oz tins.
Don't forget--Aromatics International has over 25 essential oil recipes! Do you have any favorite aromatherapy recipes? Share them in the comments!