Over the past few years I've noticed that more and more people are turning to green skincare. It's no surprise really when you take a moment to learn about some companies using ingredients that aren't so great for our bodies.
Just take a look at the menstrual product industry and brands such as Tampax and Always. They aren't required to disclose ingredients due to FDA rules and EU legislation (depending where about you are in the world), and the ingredients that we are aware of are known to be toxic.
I'm all about caring for my body (and the planet for that matter), and so I try to be quite thoughtful about my lifestyle and the products I use. Sure you can buy a lipbalm from a green skincare brand, knowing that it's safe to use. But there's something really quite enjoyable about making your own skincare.
I've put together a super simple and basic recipe below for making your very own DIY vegan lipbalm with only 3 ingredients.
- Glass bowl
- Tin/small jar (recipe will fill two 45ml size jars)
You Will Need:
- 1 tbsp shea butter (18g)
- ½ tbsp candelilla wax (8g)
- 3 tbsp coconut oil (40g)
- 5-8 drops of skin safe essential oil (optional)
- Measure out your shea butter, coconut oil and candelilla wax
- Place the above ingredients into your glass bowl
- Pop your saucepan on the stove/cooker and fill partially with water
- Place the glass bowl inside the saucepan
- Heat gently, mixing the ingredients together as they melt
- Once melted, take the bowl out of the saucepan (it will be HOT! Use oven gloves)
- Add your 5 -8 drops of skin safe essential oil (optional) and stir well
- Pour into your desired tin/jar and allow to cool for 10 mins before placing in fridge to set
Ta-da! All done. I always have shea butter, candelilla wax and coconut oil in my household because they're used for many other things that I make, but feel free to experiment and change these up! You can easily exchange out other oils in place of the coconut oil, providing they are a liquid at room temperate oil (eg – sunflower oil, hemp oil, sweet almond oil).
Have you made your own green skincare products?
About the Author.
Tamsin Hopkins is a writer, menstrual activist, and blogger at Eco Fluffy Mama. She blogs about creating a zero waste lifestyle, DIY recipes, and her experience with chronic illness.
You can find her on Twitter and Instagram sharing her obsession with menstrual cups (seriously, who doesn't have an obsession with these) and all things eco friendly. You can learn more about her and her award winning blog here.