Truth: I have never used shea butter in a DIY skincare recipe before. …but, after reading here on Scratch Mommy about how incredible shea butter is for your skin, I just had to give it a try.
Shea butter comes from the African Shea tree and is extracted from nuts produced by the tree. Shea butter is used in many cosmetics because of its moisturizing properties. Research has shown that shea butter also has anti-inflammatory properties, and assists the skin in creating collagen. And since she butter doesn’t absorb UV rays very well, it has also been used as a natural sun block.
All of this means that your skin loves shea butter AND that raw organic shea butter is exceptional at protecting your skin from the elements. Which I completely need during winter. And with winter, the season of chapped lips and cold sores begins, in earnest. If your skin is anything like mine, winter is always brutal to it. …especially to the lips.
So this fall, I decided it was high time to create a DIY shea butter lip balm for chapped lips and cold sores.
I’ve always loved the healing feeling of lip balms when I apply them, but most standard retail brands contain multiple ingredients that aren’t actually helpful in doing…anything helpful! They actually lack moisturizing and nurturing our lips need and may actually perpetuate a feeling of dryness…so that you use more. So, let’s skip those unnecessary ingredients, right?!
Also, learn more here on the blog: Are Lip Balms Safe?
When retail brands fail me, I usually start experimenting with DIY recipes to solve the problem myself. After using some amazing ingredients straight from our very own Pronounce Skincare, I created a moisturizing lip balm from shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, raw honey, and lemon balm. ...and it has been perfect for me and my family!
You can use any of your favorite essential oils (perhaps a blend) in this recipe, but the following essential oils have been shown to be helpful for lips:
- Lemon balm (certified organic lemon balm EO)
- Orange (certified organic sweet orange EO)
- Chamomile (certified organic chamomile EO)
- Lavender (certified organic lavender EO)
The above oils have been shown to be remedies for dry skin and chapped lips, and lemon balm has been shown to be especially helpful for cold sores...not to mention that I love the hint of lemon I taste in it!
Making this DIY shea butter lip balm was sooooo much easier than I expected it to be, which makes me a happy woman.
Knowing that I am using top notch ingredients for my skincare routine makes me happy (like those I source from Scratch Mommy Founder Jess’s Pronounce Skincare & Apothecary), but knowing that it doesn’t take much time AND that it is relatively inexpensive?
…that’s the best DIY project ever.
- 1 oz Shea Butter (certified organic shea butter)
- 1 oz Beeswax (naturally derived, sustainably-sourced beeswax)
- 1 oz Coconut Oil (raw, organic, hand-pressed coconut oil)
- 1 tsp Honey (organic, raw honey)
- 15-20 drops Lemon Balm Essential Oil (certified organic lemon balm EO)
- Fill a medium pot about half full with tap water and place on the stove. Create a double boiler and place a smaller pot inside of the medium one. Turn on stovetop to medium high heat.
- Add shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil to the small pot and allow all ingredients to melt.
- Once melted, turn off stovetop heat.
- Whisk in raw honey and lemon balm EO.
- Use a funnel to transfer hot lip balm into small chapstick tubes or tins. (I use a metal frosting tip!)
- Allow lip balm to cool for 1 hours before use. Store in your purse, cupboard, or hide one in a drawer at work!
Looking for more cold sore resources & remedies? You got it!
- DIY Herbal Cold Sore Ointment (featuring chamomile & lemon balm herbs)
- DIY Lemon Balm Lip Cream (Relieves My Cold Sores)
- Grab certified organic lemon balm from Scratch Mommy Founder Jess’s Apothecary (learn how to use lemon balm for body, home, and food)
No time to DIY? Check out Pronounce Skincare’s Lip Lotion tubes and Lip Lotion jars.