I think it is about time that I came clean, surrendered my hugger-muggery and spilt my little secret.
I have been sneaking away from my dining table workshop to learn some sciencey alchemy so that I can make a few handmade, carefully thought about and well considered beauty items.
I have issues with most lip balms that I come across their list of ingredients look increasingly suspicious/synthetic to me. I think that many of the synthetic balms that I have used in the past are ultimately quite drying for me hence why I seem to be constantly re-applying them.
It will come as no surprise then that my 1st mission on my handmade beauty adventure was to tackle the lip balm issue. I made this simple balm using minimal and organic ingredients.
+ Organic unrefined fairtrade shea butter
+ Organic avocado oil
+ Organic yellow beeswax
+ Organic unrefined fairtrade coco butter
+ Organic peppermint essential oil
I chose avocado oil because it is rich in vitamins including vitamines A, B1, B2, D and E. It is also super moisturising and rich in fatty acids. All good for the lips and skin.
Peppermint oil is known to have powerful natural antiviral and antibacterial qualities and also promotes blood circulation. Also good for kissable freshness and a nice tingly cooling sensation...supa fresh!
The skincare benefits of shea and cocobutter are well documented so I shan't bore you with the details.
I have made a few of these now (practice makes perfect afterall) and I have started to hand them out to a few people for their opinions. Hiro was the first to use it and he thinks I could add more mint and less of the glossy effect.
I like them as they are. They feel light on the lips and are nourishing and moisturising without being sticky or overbearing.
I need more opinions and I have a few more of these ready to send out to any UK-based volunteers for my "try and tell trials". If you are game.... please do email me or leave a comment and I will get back to you!
>> Update <<
I am now out of lip balms but will still need willing volunteers for future creations. Please keep an eye on my blog for updates.