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I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. It is a softening, healing, moisture locking lip balm. And it’s vegan!
I have been wanting to try Candelilla wax for the loooooongest time, just never bought any. Finally, I decided to go for it and I am so glad I did.
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Lavender Frankincense Lip Balm nourishes, soothes, and restores. #diybeauty
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor not certified aromatherapist. Please use your essential oils with caution. Read full disclaimer here.
I’ve always used beeswax in my products and I love it. It seals in moisture and provides that much needed barrier against the elements, whether it’s rain or shine, beeswax is almost unparalleled. But then came Candelilla wax.
In just two days use of this lip balm, I could feel my lips softer and more nourished than I could believe. I typically put lip balm on at night before bed so it can do it’s magic overnight and when I used this, I woke up with traces of it still on. Amazing!
Oh, and did I mention, this all-natural lavender frankincense lip balm smells ridiculously good. The combination of lavender and frankincense is just right. Maybe it’s just me but it seems as the though the Candelilla wax really amplifies the scent of the essential oils.
I think it may be due to the fact that beeswax, while it smells amazing in its own right, has a slight honey scent to it and that masks the natural essential oil fragrance.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or certified aromatherapist. Please use your essential oils with caution. Read full disclaimer here
A Little History
If you’re not familiar with Candelilla wax, then here’s just a bit of history. This wax is plant-based. The plant itself is native to Mexico. The stems stand up straight and tall, like a candle with a waxy coating. Hence, the Spanish name, Candelilla.
(I got my wax from Amazon. Click HERE to get your own.)
The plant leaves are boiled in water which allows the wax to rise to the top to be skimmed off. Then we use it for a plethora of things including body products and chewing gum.
Candelilla wax is dense and has a high melting point so it takes a little while to melt into liquid.
Also, good to know, a little goes a long way. I’ve already made a couple other products (soon to be shared) and I’ve barely tapped into a 1/4 of the bag.
Mango Butter is a super hard butter that melts fairly quickly and full of nutrient such as vitamin C, vitamin A, oleic acid and stearic acid. It’s used to firm, soothe, and soften the skin.
Calendula flowers are beautiful and fantastic for so many skin issues including eczema, minor burns, and chapped lips. If you’d like to know more, Colleen from Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment has a lovely post entitled “10 Ways To Use Calendula Infused Oil.” She is an herbalist with tons of knowledge.
Safflower oil is also full of nourishing nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K which make it great for cooking use but also great for the skin. My favorite thing about safflower oil is that it rates a 0 on the comedogenic scale which means it’s a non-pore clogging oil.
Lavender essential oil is not only calming for the senses, it contains skin healing properties. It’s considered an anti-depressant, antiseptic, and even a bug repellent.
Frankincense essential oil is widely known for it’s anti-aging abilities. Regular use of this has been shown to minimize the appearance of fine wrinkles. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and tonifyer.
Copaiba essential is one of those unique oils that enhance other essential oils in all natural products.
When used in this combination, you get a moisturizing, age-defying, good-smelling treat for the lips. Yes, since it’s an all-natural product, it can be used other places such as hands, cuticles, feet and elbows.
Note: This recipe will yield about 5 tubes of lip balm depending on generous you are with your portions.
3/4 Tbsp Candelilla Wax
1 Tbsp Calendula-infused Safflower (or regular safflower oil)
1/2 Tbsp Mango Butter
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
1 drop Copaiba Essential Oil
-Add Candelilla wax, Calendula oil, Mango Butter to a double boiler and allow to melt, stirring when necessary. Remove from heat, add essential oils, stir and pour into lip balm tubes or tins. Let sit until hard and enjoy!
This lip balm is really easy to make and is perfect for gifts. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like free body products. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.
Have a blessed day!