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This makes a long time that I look for a lips care which repair perfectly the delicate skin of lips. Mine are always dry and rough, despite of what I can apply on it. So I have decided to make it myself, and a creamy glossy one, but simple and natural. This is a first try and first success.
I used to buy very good organic products for my lips, but I have never get the same result as industrial cosmetics give. When I was young, I always had a Dermophil Indien in my bag. It made miracles on my lips, until I became allergic of the balm of Peru.
Today, I also know that those kind of cosmetic cares contain petrochemical ingredients like vaseline and paraffin, and others things like alcohols and esterified acids. Or for the pink version, this aluminum lake of erythrosine, named E127, which is a potentially carcinogenic dye.
So, after this short state of play, here my recipe :
- 5ml of Castor oil
- 5ml of Coco oil
- 2ml of Beeswax
- 5ml of Aloe Vera
- A pigment knife tip
- A drop of vit. E
- 20 drops of Grapefruit seed extract
Melt the wax and the oils in a bain-marie over very low heat. Add the pigment in this phase.
For my part, I took a natural eye shadow from Benecos, the Happy Hour, which is a satined dark purple. It brings a mauve reflection in a nude style that suits my complexion.
Remove from heat when the pigments are well dissolved and wait until the mixture drops slightly in temperature. Then, graddually pour the aloe, whisking vigorously from the outside to the inside. The mixture whitens and becomes unctuous. At the end, add the drops of Vit. E and grapefruit seed extract.
Put in a little jar and let cool completely.
We get a creamy butter that repairs, smoothes, softens and protects all day, with a nice gloss effect that has a very good performance.
Applied in the evening before going to sleep, it makes soft and smooth lips for the morning.
Now, focus on the ingredients :
- Softening, slightly purifying and film-forming for a protective and shiny effect, the Castor oil ensures a good dispersion of the pigments.
- Coco is a nourishing, soothing, restorative oil for chapped, dry, damaged skin. Shea butter or Kokum butter can replace it or be mixed with it in a proportion depending of the consistency wanted.
- Natural thickener, texture agent, the beeswax increases properties of the oils and its film-forming power. It also stabilizes the emulsion while bringing a silky touch. Rich in esters and fatty acids, it has been used for 2000 years for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. In a vegan version, carnauba wax can be an alternative, in a smaller proportion however.
- Aloe vera gel is a treasure of benefits, rich in vitamins and trace elements, it moisturizes, soothes, repairs, regenerates and protects.
- Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which has here the functionof preservative. But I think we can do without it given the antioxidant and purifying properties already contained in the other ingredients.
It can be kept for two to three months in the fridge.
To color this sweet cloud of sparkling butter, you can use other solutions such as cocoa powder, beet juice or dried hibiscus flower. Beside, this latter also has antioxidant, moisturizing, softening and revitalizing.
To perfume or enhance the properties of this homemade care, many choices of essential oils are disposal such as vanilla, rose, geranium or more sweet orange.