THB DIY LIP BALM: THE BEST THING YOU'LL EVER PUT ON YOUR LIPS

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It’s no secret that I’m a freak about lip balm. If you were my friend in high school or college, you for sure remember me walking around with an extra-large tub of Vaseline in my oversized purse, because I couldn’t find a lip balm I liked. If you’ve ever lived with me, you probably asked yourself what the fuck you were doing with your life a few times, AND you have a faint memory of the entire place being invaded by various tubes and sticks containing some variation of lip ointment.

As I write this, I have 3 different lip balms on my desk (this one, this one and this one) and countless more scattered around the house, but I’ve given up on the thought of carrying a giant tub of petroleum jelly everywhere, because I found a much better (and practical) option: making my own lip balm.

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Truth is, while petroleum jelly is great (hell, Tyra Banks even coats her own face with it!), let’s just say it feels less than glamorous, and well, it’s not ideal to carry around. On the other hand, the options that do feel luxurious and look pretty are oftentimes overly expensive for some obscure reason, or have a flaw like being just a bit too bright, leaving a residue, having a weird texture, a weird taste… Without even mentioning a list of ingredients that’s sometimes sketchy. After all, anything you put on your lips inadvertently ends up in your mouth wether you want it or not, and I feel like if I’m making such an effort to stay away those weird-ass ingredients in the food I eat, I should be equally mindful about them when it comes to my lip balm.

So when I started getting tired of being the Goldilocks of lip balms, I started thinking about how I could make my own. Around the same time, I also realized that even though I’m not a big user of lipstick (I have maybe 3-4 lipsticks that I use once a week at best, and they’re all a pinkish neutrals), I had all these different lipsticks that I didn’t wear crowding my makeup drawer. Most of them were either samples, gifts with purchases or something I bought because it was on sale and I thought it’d look great, before realizing it actually didn’t. And because wasting things (and food) is a big pet peeve of mine, I just kept them, thinking I might use them at some point.

And then, I kind of had an epiphany, and I realized I could use those lipsticks in my home-made lip balm to give it a little colour. And it works because once the lipstick is diluted in the base of the lip balm, it’s just a really faint, sheer pink, which is what I like to wear anyways. Talk about two birds with one stone.

Without further due, here’s how I do it:

First, I take a glass jar and I put equal parts petroleum jelly and coconut oil. I like to use the Trader Joe’s organic, virgin, cold-pressed and unrefined coconut oil, because it tastes like coconut and I think it gives such a pleasant aroma and taste to the finished product. To that, I add as much lipstick as I want to, depending on the colours I have on hand and the intensity I want it to have. Because I love a minty taste, I sometimes add a few mint leaves to the mix, if I have them on hand. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm definitely wanting to add a few drops of mint essential oil next time I make a batch.

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This mix works for me because I love how petroleum jelly stays on for such a long time - you don’t have to reapply it every 15 minutes. Also, I just love the benefits of coconut oil and once it’s been mixed with the jelly, it doesn’t melt as easily.

So I take my glass jar filled with my ingredients, put it in a pot filled about halfway with water, put the whole thing on the stove and heat it up until everything has melted. I try to mull the mint leaves to release as much flavour as possible while it’s heating and then I remove the jar from the water, take the mint leaves out and pour the mixture in little plastic jars. You can buy those on Amazon, or if you’re trying to pinch a few bucks, you can very well use empty lip balm containers.

On a side note, I used to melt everything directly in a pan, but I really don’t recommend it, unless you have a cheap pan that you want to use specifically for that sole purpose, because it’s extremely hard to clean and you will most likely never be able to use that pan again to cook. After a few times, Sasha pulled the plug on my pan using habits and I had to find a suitable alternative, which is when the glass jar came in.

Once I’m done filling my little containers, I usually put them in the fridge for a few hours and they’re ready to go! I like to make a lot at the same time so I don’t have to go through the process every few weeks, and I’ve never had any of them go bad, even after a few months.

So it’s that simple, really. The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes and it’s super satisfying to know that what you’re putting on your lips is homemade and not filled with crap, not to mention that it costs practically nothing to make, using things you most likely already have on hand.

Now guys, I wanna hear bout your DIY beauty tips and tricks. Anything you make yourself that's better than store-bought versions? Hit me up in the comments below or on Instagram! And if you make your own lip balm, DM me your selfies, I wanna see!

Wishing you all a great week!

Love, Jenny xx

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