Different Types of Lip Balm

I am contractually forbidden from buying Christmas gifts for family members.  Seriously, mom had us sign a pact well over ten years ago.  The idea being it gets darn expensive trying to buy something for each and every person in my extra-large family.  Instead, if we insist on exchanging gifts, we have to make them by hand.  This results in some pretty amazing gifts and the constant discovery of previously unknown talents. Until this past Christmas, I had no idea I could make lip balm.

Lip balm is one of those staples you can find in just about every woman’s purse, pocket, or backpack.  To me, lip balm is a more important makeup product than lipstick or even lip gloss.  Sure, it’s basically an ointment which helps heal cracked lips and keep them hydrated when applied, but these days some formulas even contain the smallest bit of tint to make your favorite lip balm every bit as relevant as lipstick as a pretty makeup choice.  Lipstick and lip gloss have their merits, but I don’t think proven protection from dryness and sunburn ranks high on the list.

Balm Basics:

The ingredients in lip balm are about as varied as the brand names offering different flavored versions for your pleasure, but for the most part there are six standard formulas.

  • Petrolatum
  • Beeswax
  • Wax with aloe vera
  • Petrolatum with wax
  • Waxes with dimethicone
  • Wax and emollient esters

Making your own lip balm has never been easier.  I like a blend of beeswax, coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil, not only does this recipe taste and smell awesome, but it keeps my lips super soft without feeling greasy or sticky.  Maybe making your own lip balm isn’t your thing, that’s okay, there’s hundreds of varieties to be found and there’s sure to be something to please you.  No matter how old you are, you’ll always feel fourteen again when you spread some cherry cola lip balm on your kisser.

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