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Shea Butter Lip Balm

Deepa Kartha
Shea butter lip balm is considered to be one of the best products for treating chapped lips. However, not many people know that it is actually possible to make it at home itself. Here are some recipes for making one at home.
Having chapped or cracked lips is something that most people experience sometime or the other in their lives. Although chapped lips do hamper the person's physical experience, it can be frustrating, if it starts bleeding or becomes painful. One of the most common methods that people use to treat chapped lips is by applying petroleum jelly.
Though this is an effective remedy, it does not have a long time effect because it is not absorbed by the lips. Due to this, you have to apply petroleum jelly between regular intervals.
Also, it has been observed that too much of petroleum jelly can make the lips more dry. Hence, it would be better to choose a natural solution to get rid of dry or chapped lips. One of the best ways of curing dry lips is by applying lip balm.

Recipes to Try

Shea butter is a natural fat which is extracted from the nuts found on the African Shea-Karite tree. It is made of fatty acids, tocopherols, and cinnamic acid which moisturize the skin as well as the lips, thus making it soft and supple.
Moreover, it also nourishes the lips, and hence, is considered to be good for lips. Though there are many companies which manufacture such lip gels, you can easily make it at home on your own.

Recipe #01

  • 4 teaspoons almond oil
  • 3 teaspoons shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 vitamin E capsule
In a double boiler, take shea butter, beeswax, and almond oil together. Heat these ingredients till they are completely melted. Once this is done, break a vitamin E capsule and pour it into the double boiler.
After this, add ½ teaspoon of honey and keep on stirring till all the ingredients are completely blended. Transfer the balm into a container and allow it cool at room temperature for sometime. Store it in the refrigerator for a few hours before using.

Recipe #02

  • 4 teaspoons almond oil
  • 2½ teaspoons shea butter
  • ½ teaspoon aloe butter
  • ½ teaspoon beeswax
  • ½ teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 3 - 4 drops of vitamin E oil
  • Essential oils (of your choice)
In a double boiler, combine aloe butter, shea butter, beeswax, jojoba oil, almond oil, and vitamin E oil. Start melting these ingredients on a low to medium heat while stirring frequently.
When all these ingredients are fully melted as well as combined, switch off the stove. Add a few drops of essential oils of your choice. Some of the essential oils that you can use include are 10 drops or rosemary, 15 drops of lavender, or 20 drops of lemon. After this is done, pour the balm into a container and allow it to cool completely before use.

Recipe #03

  • 1 teaspoon shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Take beeswax, olive oil and shea butter in a double boiler, and heat till all these ingredients are completely melted. Do not forget to stir continuously with a clean spoon. When the ingredients are fully melted, take the double boiler off the stove and transfer the mixture into the containers. Allow it to cool for 20 - 30 minutes before applying.
Hope that you find this information to be useful. Making these balms on your own has two advantages. One of the benefits is that it is not very time-consuming to make these at home.
Also, as you are making the balm on your own, you can be sure that it does not contain any chemicals. So, try making one of the recipes and enjoy receiving compliments for having soft and luscious lips.