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Easy DIY Homemade Lip Balm Recipes – our top 3 faves!

Easy DIY Homemade Lip Balm

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Easy DIY Homemade Lip Balm Recipes – our top 3 faves, including a perfect Valentine surprise!!!  🙂 Super quick and easy too! Sometimes you just can’t find the perfect lip balm for you lips, and probably the biggest complaint is that they usually dry your lips out or actually make them seem more chapped. What we’ve discovered is that often times, that either un-natural chemicals or possibly too many ingredients have been added to the mix.  And guess what?  We can’t fool our bodies…they will ultimately tell us what they won’t put up with. So, what’s a girl to do (or guy, for that matter)??? We think there’s a super simple solution….just make it yourself!  We know what you’re probably thinking, because we thought the same thing ourselves once upon a time–“eeek!  That’s crazy!?”  right?  Not so much. It’s actually super simple to do, and super cheap (YAY!).  Just make it yourself! Have we lost our minds???  Well, we won’t go there, lol.  But actually when you see for yourself how simple they are to make, you’ll wonder what took you so long. 🙂 So depending upon your lips and potential irritants, we think the safest place to start is with a very basic recipe.  Once you try this, you may be so in love that you won’t want to do a thing, or you may get a little tingly thrill that gets you excited to venture into doing a little more playing.  Either way, we think it’s a good idea to start with the basic, and then branch out from there, if you like.

Easy DIY Homemade Lip Balm Recipes

BASIC LIP BALM RECIPE

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon shredded beeswax (pack firmly)
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey

Some people microwave these, but we’re not so certain about microwaves…so we like using a double boiler.  Mix the ingredients together in the top pan of the double boiler until melted, then remove and stir until it starts to cool.  It will turn a creamy yellow.  As the mixture is thickening, add it to a container an let it stand about a half hour.    Wait patiently (if possible) and then viola!  Enjoy!

Easy DIY Homemade Lip Balm Recipes

LIP QUENCH MOISTURE BALM

  •  2 teaspoons cocoa butter
  • 2  teaspoons grated Beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
  • 1 teaspoon tsp olive oil

Using a double boiler, mix the ingredients together in the top pan of the double boiler until melted, then remove and stir until it starts to cool.  It will turn a creamy yellow.  As the mixture is thickening, add it to a container an let it stand about a half hour.    Wait patiently (if possible) and then viola!  Enjoy! TIP:  If you want to add color to either of the above recipes, use mineral powder eye or cheek colors for a tinge of color.  Stir a small amount of the pigment in right after removing the melted mixture from the pan, until you get the desired color.   Stir well and pour into individual containers. Easy Lip Balms you can make yourself! IMAGE

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And for a little Valentine’s Treat, we thought you might like something Chocolatey!  So how about… CHOCOLATE KISSES LIP BALM

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey

Using a double boiler, mix the ingredients together in the top pan of the double boiler until melted, then remove and stir until it starts to cool.  As the mixture is thickening, add it to a container an let it stand about a half hour.    Wait patiently (if possible) and then viola!  This one will even taste yummy!  You could add a few nuts and get a little exfoliation action too–just kidding!  🙂 Enjoy, and we hope your Valentine’s Day is even sweeter!

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HOW LONG WILL THESE KEEP?  It depends upon several different factors, including where they are stored, room temperature they are used in and humidity.  But remember, they don’t have any preservatives (YAY) so we recommend watching them closely and once they start to smell, look, or taste bad, it’s time to replace them. WHAT IF IT TURNS OUT TOO HARD?  Add a little more oil to the recipe WHAT IF IT TURNS OUT TOO SOFT OR RUNNY?  Add a little more wax to the formula. WAIT A MINUTE–CAN I ADD ESSENTIAL OILS?  It depends.  We do love some of the therapeutic effects of some essential oils, but we also are big believers that they should just be used for therapeutic effects, so if you don’t need them, we say, back off. We’ve got a lot more to say about this HERE. Would you like to see a video demonstration of any or all of these recipes????  Let us know and we’ll whip one or two together for you 🙂 xox Laurie & Tiffany

BB Creams – are they as good as you think? Reviews by makeup artists..

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BB Creams – are they as good as you think? Reviews by makeup artists..

If you haven’t heard of “BB Cream” (i.e. beauty balm cream) you probably will be hearing about it soon–it’s become all the rage and here’s why…it provides all 5 of the following items in one container:

  1. Skin Treatment
  2. Skin Hydrator
  3. Protects skin
  4. Primes for smooth foundation
  5. Foundation

And it goes on like a dream.  So what’s a person not to love, right?

We’ve actually been watching it and are really impressed with the concept. We’ve seen some amazing results, especially preventing and correcting sun damage and un-even pigmentation, but we can’t say that we’re impressed with all of the brands that have popped up on the market.  It seems that every company out there is leaping to grab a piece of this brilliant new marketing space, but some may be more harmful than good, in our opinion.

In fact, after checking ingredients on many of them (even some that say they are natural, but aren’t), we say that if you’re using this wonderful new cream, make sure that it’s truly safe or natural.  Because if not, you are more likely to irritate above or below the surface, invite unwanted hormonal imbalances (which can lead to cancers, autoimmune disease, kidney problems,accelerated aging, etc.) and more.  So we say, if you want all of the good and to forget about the bad, go for natural BB creams.

We’ve found 3 safe versions that we like a ton.  Here they are, and here’s why:

Best Natural BB Cream review

1.  Suntegrity

 “5 In 1” Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 30

We have a rating system of 3 stars and we only rate items we believe to be “safe” and that we like.  If you don’t see it on our site, we don’t recommend it.

That said, we like that this product is safe, and that it performs exceptionally well.  We also love that it is loaded with all kinds of nutrients, and even contains some certified organic ingredients.   For those reasons, we rate this BB cream with 3 stars and would post this as our top “natural” recommendation.

This product in particular tends to be really effective with people with more oily skin.  If you have more dry skin, we’d recommend applying a good safe hydrating lotion underneath it.  HERE’S ONE we like and recommend.

 

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

2. Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

We just had a small sample of this item and didn’t get a chance to try it over and over for a period of time, like we would normally do.  But first impressions were pretty good.  The coverage is seriously amazing.  It concealed well also, which is a true test, in our book.  The sample we had was quite light though, and it covered the entire face like a ghost.  So we’d say go lightly, very lightly, with the product, and maybe try a shade darker than you normally would.  It had a tinge of a yellow cast, which actually works great for covering dark circles and blemishes.

We believe it to be safe, non-toxic, with added nutrients.  We can’t classify it as natural or organic, so we would give it 2.5 out of 3 stars, because it is safe, performs well and has added nutrients. It works well to cover, brighten the skin, protect the skin, and minimize pores and wrinkles.

Dr. Jart+ Rejuvenating BB Blemish Cream

3.  Dr. Jart+ Rejuvenating BB Blemish Cream 

This is the original BB Cream company.  They actually have more BB creams, but this is the only one we recommend, based on the ingredient deck.  The others have some items we have concerns over.  This cream is something we would classify as “safe”.  We don’t see any red flag ingredients, but we also don’t see any real nutrients either.

As for a rating, we give this product 1 star for being safe, 1 star for excellent performance, for a total of 2 out of 3 big stars. We would say this is our top “safe” recommendation.

OTHER TIPS..

Some people have mentioned that they tried BB Cream and it seemed like their skin was too shiny.  We say that’s a good indication that it’s still on the surface and helping to hydrate the skin.  (Even oily skin needs hydration)  So to get the best of both worlds, apply a safe powder over the cream for a more satiny finish.  We recommend re-applying powder several times throughout the day.

So that’s our take on that–we are big believers, but are also big advocates of keeping you safe and healthy, inside and out.

Please comment below, we love to hear from you!!! Love the skin that you’re in–it’s amazing!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

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