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Be it summer, winter or rains, the harsh everyday weather conditions, heat and humidity are the usual culprits of dry and chapped lips. And how do you tackle it? By licking it. Isn't it? 
If yes, then you need to stop immediately. Frequently licking your lips, strips the moisture from its delicate skin and worsens the problem of dryness. This is the reason why I always have a lip balm at go. Be it in my handbag when I go outdoors or at a dressing table at my home. And mind you, the couple of lip balms that I own, have really distinct and deliciously awesome fragrance.

Today, buying a lip balm is also quite convenient. We are spoilt for choice with the many brands and lip balm flavors that are available in the market. However, if you are doubtful of the added ingredients like alcohol, parabens, sulfates, acids and needless chemicals present in store-bought lip moisturizers, then I highly suggest you make your own lip balm.

Believe me, making a lip balm at home is really great fun. It is surprisingly quite easy and would take less than 10 minutes to make a few small containers/tubes of your favorite lip balm. All you need is a few basic ingredients like beeswax, any carrier oil (like coconut oil,  olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, sunflower oil), flavorsome essential oil and you are good to start. And if you make them in excess, you can also turn it into a fabulous gift item for your near and dear ones.

So, why wait...let's begin with 5 surprisingly simple and affordable DIY natural lip balm recipes.

1. Homemade Lemon Lip Balm

If you love citrus scents and want to have that little burst of freshness everyday, then this DIY lemon lip balm recipe is just what you need. To whip up this citrusy lemon lip balm, all you require is three easily available ingredients - that you can shop at Amazon or any other store you want to buy it from and just 7-8 minutes of your time.


2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon beeswax (grated) or beeswax pellets


* Take beeswax and virgin coconut oil in a small bowl. Melt them using the microwave (set the timer to 30 sec and repeat if necessary) or double boil over medium-low heat in a stove.
* To the molten and warm mixture, immediately add 8-9 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix gently but thoroughly till all the ingredients blend well.
* Transfer the semi-warm and molten mixture to small lip balm containers or empty lip balm tubes.
* Let the mixture cool down completely and then put on the lid.
# If you want to make another citrusy flavored lip moisturizer like an orange lip balm at home, then use orange essential oil instead of the lemon one and follow the above steps and measurements. 

2. Homemade Rose Lip Balm

Regain the softness of your lips with this chemical-free rose lip balm that you can easily make at home. This lip balm with its natural goodness of rose oil, beeswax, butter and sweet almond oil is a perfect alternative to keep your lips smooth and supple during any season.


1 tablespoon olive oil or sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon beeswax (grated)
1 tablespoon shea butter
7 drops of rose essential oil or 2 tablespoon rose infused oil
1/4 teaspoon alkanet root powder (optional - used to bring colour only)


* Measure and combine beeswax, shea butter and oil in a small bowl. Use the double boiler method or microwave to melt and blend the three ingredients.
* Once the mixture melts completely, remove from heat. Add rose infused oil and alkanet root powder (optional) and stir gently. Ensure that the ingredients blend thoroughly and there are no lumps.
* Pour this mixture to lip balm tubes, jars or small tins.

# If you do not prefer buying rose essential oil from store, then you can make rose infused oil at home. For this, heat up a sauce pan that is half-filled with water. Meanwhile, take 2-3 fresh/big roses and collect its petals. Shred its petals and put them in a small jar. To this, pour a small cup of carrier oil - like grapeseed oil, olive oil or jojoba oil. Mix properly, such that the rose petals are coated with oil. Close the jar with a lid. Check your water. If it is boiling, then turn off the heat. Now place the jar in the hot water. Leave this jar in the saucepan for at least 24 hrs and then strain it to get your homemade rose infused oil.

For a stronger-smell, post 24 hours, add another batch of fresh rose petals to the same jar and repeat the step of keeping it in hot water. Let this jar sit for at least 2 weeks, before you strain it and get your homestyle rose infused oil.

3. Homemade Chocolate Lip Balm

Dessert on your lips! That's basically what you feel when you apply this heavenly lip balm. Made with all-natural ingredients, this lip balm is a very simple way to keep your lips nourished, healthy and happy throughout the day.


2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon beeswax (grated)
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
3 drops Vitamin E oil (optional)


* Combine beeswax, cocoa butter and virgin coconut oil in a small bowl. Use a double boiler or microwave to melt the three ingredients.
* Once the mixture melts completely, remove from heat. Add cocoa powder immediately and stir the mixture thoroughly. Ensure that there are no lumps.
* Add Vitamin E oil (if you are using it)
* Pour this fragrant chocolaty mixture to empty lip balm tubes or small containers. Let it cool completely before you put on the lids.

4. Homemade Lavender Mint Lip Balm

Give your lips the very best with this very simple lavender mint lip balm recipe. The blend of fragrant essential oils, not only gives this lip balm a lovely scent but also naturally moisturizes and heals your lips from the damaging effects of sun, wind and cold.


1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon beeswax (grated)
2 tablespoon shea butter
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil


* In a small bowl, add beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. Microwave or double boil (over medium-low heat) till it melts. Mix gently.
* Remove from heat and add the essential oils to this warm mixture. Whisk well to blend the oils thoroughly.
* Pour the mixture into lip bam containers immediately.
* Let the lip balm completely cool down and solidify, before you cover it with lids.

5. Homemade Beetroot Lip Balm

For that soft, pouty and naturally pink lips, this super-simple DIY beetroot lip balm recipe is just what you need. This homemade beetroot lip balm is not only a chemical-free option to nourish dry lips but is also known to be quite good in reducing dark pigmented lips. 


1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon beeswax (grated) or pellets 
1 tablespoon shea butter
1 1/2 tablespoon beetroot juice concentrate


* Wash and peel one beetroot and cut it into small pieces. Grind the beetroot pieces completely (in your mixer/blender), until it turns into a thick paste like consistency. Strain this mixture to get clear beetroot juice. Heat this beet juice on a stove. Keep on stirring, till it reduces to 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of thick or concentrated beetroot juice. Transfer it to a small container.
In a small bowl, add beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter. Microwave or double boil (over medium-low heat) till it melts. Mix them gently.
* Remove from heat and immediately add this to the beetroot juice concentrate. Whisk thoroughly using a clean toothpick or small teaspoon. This mixture should blend well.
* Let the lip balm cool down, before you cover it with a lid. 
* Refrigerate until solid. 

# Store this lip balm in the refrigerator for best results.
## Using beetroot powder instead of beetroot juice concentrate, helps extends its shelf-life. 

When it comes to trying out at-home activities that are simple, creative and useful, these 10 minute DIY lip balms are a good place to begin with. With these lip moisturizers also allowing you to experiment with a number of flavors, colors and even oils; trust me, creating your own customized lip balms will give a lot of enjoyment to you. 

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