It’s been ages since I’ve made something. The garden and summer holidays are more than enough to fill my days with plenty of to-dos. Recently though, we were getting to the bottom of our tub of Vaseline and I swore I wouldn’t be buying a replacement, so I decided to trial a recipe for DIY (non) Petroleum Jelly that I’d bookmarked over a year ago. The original recipe calls for Vitamin E oil but I didn’t have any so just left it out.
My DIY Vaseline was a bit more solid than I expected so I wondered if it’d work as a lipbalm too. Prior to our zero waste days my daughter had accumulated quite a collection of synthetic lip balms but (thankfully) we were at the end of them and she was ready for a more natural replacement. I hate the idea of us slathering synthetic chemicals on our mouths, particularly given the concern over toxic components in lipsticks on the market.
Having hunted around for a recipe for lipbalm to compare to this I notice that quite a few of them ask for shea butter. I’ve priced shea butter in the past and it’s so very expensive so I always try to avoid it in recipes. If you do want to buy it you’ll get it at the best price from bomar.ie in Kilcoole, Co Wicklow.
Beeswax is widely available, unwrapped, from most health stores at €3 for 30g. I get mine from a local bee keeper. Bomar.ie also supply almond oil, organic and non, in refillable containers but I’ve also found a food grade version (non-organic) in a glass bottle at a good price in Down to Earth on Georges St, Dublin 2 – €7.50 for 500ml.
The recipe I’m about to share is sooooooo simple you’ll wonder how companies are able to charge up to €4 a pot. Here it is.
- Place a bowl over a pot of boiling water (double boiler / bain-marie) and turn the heat on.
- In the bowl melt 12g of beeswax (1/2 bar) in 1/2 cup of almond oil.
- Colour with a few drops of beetroot juice or a few grams of freeze-dried strawberry powder. (Optional)
- Flavour with a few drops of your favourite essential oil, like lemon or peppermint. (Optional)
- Pour into a container of your choice and leave to cool.
My daughter prefers a stick-shaped lip balm over one you stick your finger in so I poured the liquid balm into a the container that previously help her synthetic lip balm and left it to cool. I had no idea it would work but it totally did. I was so delighted.
Now if even this recipe is just too much effort for you then you can always just pop some coconut oil in a tin or jar, just keep an eye in warmer months when the temperature could turn it liquid and have it spill in your bag.
Now we can keep chapped lips at bay without worrying about what we’re consuming in the process. And as I mentioned earlier this recipe makes a DIY Vaseline too.