Beauty Pins I’ve Tried – Moisturising Lip Balm

Who doesn’t get sore, dry lips from time to time? I do, and my son definitely does. I make sure we are sufficiently hydrated as that can cause dry skin, but sometimes the wind and/or dry weather can wreak havoc with our complexions, despite all our good intentions!

Thankfully at the moment here in Sydney, Australia, it is neither windy nor dry, being the middle of a humid summer. But we still look for the lip balm on occasion, and the push-up style ones we favour are always missing or nearly empty.

Now, lip balms are not particularly expensive, you can get them on special for a few dollars. But when there are none to be found in the house, and I did the weekly shopping just yesterday…well, you can see where this is heading!

I have actually already made a batch of this, so I could report on whether or not it was a success. My son is quite particular with his lip balms, we have tried a few brands and all the moisturising ones do a reasonable job. And this one does as good a job as any! So we are happy 🙂

You can follow my Pinterest ‘Beauty’ board here, and I found the lip balm idea on Everyday Roots.

I collected all the empty tubes I could find, and located my ingredients. I used beeswax pellets, coconut oil, and macadamia oil. I prefer not to add any fragrance, but that is up to you. The original link also includes organic honey and vitamin E capsules, I don’t have those around so didn’t use them. You can read about the various benefits of using these ingredients at that link too. SawItDidIt.wordpress.com - Lip Balm The beeswax takes the longest to melt, so start with that in your double boiler. I rarely measure accurately, but I used roughly a tablespoon today. Once that has melted, add the coconut, then the macadamia oils. I used a little less than a tablespoon of these (combined) as I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t liquefy at all.

When it has all melted and combined, pour the mix into your moulds. Done! This amount filled 3 lip balm tubes, and two contact lens cases. Any small, clean container will do. Leave it to set, then it’s ready for use! SawItDidIt.wordpress.com  Moisturising Lip Balm How do you deal with dry lips? * This post has been added to the link-up party on Mimi’s blog A Tray of Bliss. Also The Pin Junkie, and Pin-n-Tell

Beauty pins I’ve tried – eye cream and (non)Petroleum jelly

Part 2 of my beauty pins series, and today I am sharing moisturiser recipes that I have been using. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, and we all have different things we want to address with our moisturisers. So I’ll start by telling you that I have quite an oily, sensitive skin. I have tried many facial moisturisers over the years, most haven’t quite done the job I have been after. So after reading many reports of people using plain oil on their face I tried Coconut Oil. Lovely stuff, but far too heavy for (most of) my skin. Then I tried Macadamia Oil. Gorgeous stuff! But it just wasn’t enough for around my eyes, which felt dry and tight. So when I found this pin for Coconut Oil eye cream I was happy to give it a go: http://ramblingsofahappyhomemaker.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/skin-care-series-eye-cream.html Pam’s recipe uses Coconut Oil and Vitamin E capsules. When I went to the chemist to find some of these capsules they were reasonably expensive, so instead I have been using Vitamin E cream which was a little cheaper. In fact, the cream I have been using contains Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil so I feel like I am getting extra benefits! I’m pretty sure it is Redwin brand, but when I went to take a photo I found that the drawer it was in was stuck fast due to the humid weather we have been having. Lucky I don’t need to make up some more for a while! The Coconut Oil I use has come straight from the supermarket shelf. A jar costs around $6. I may look at cheaper places to get this in bulk, but for now this is perfect 🙂 Anyway, I scooped some Coconut Oil into an empty, clean eye cream pot, then added some Vitamin E cream. There was absolutely no measuring, but I would think it was about a 50/50 mix.

Luxurious eye cream, Sawitdidit.wordpress.com

Having quite a large amount of Vitamin E cream saves the mix from turning to a runny mess when it is warm. I find this a perfectly luxurious combination for around my eyes. But I will be happy to try it with capsules when I have finished my tub of Vitamin E cream.

Next on my list is a Vaseline/Petroleum jelly substitute.

The pin I came across was from One Good Thing by Jillee. Check out her blog, she has some amazing things there 🙂

The recipe I was following is here:  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/04/make-your-own-petroleum-free-jelly.html

Jillee’s recipe uses beeswax pellets and olive oil, however I switched the olive oil for my trusty Coconut Oil. Again, I didn’t bother measuring my ingredients, but I did aim for similar proportions with the beeswax and oil. I melted the beeswax first as it takes longer, then stirred in the coconut oil. Once it was combined it went into a clean empty container to set.

non petroleum jelly. Sawitdidit.wordpress.com

This now sits beside my bed, and I put it on my hands and feet at night.

Have you heard of the benefits of Coconut Oil? In what ways do you use it?

*Linking up with A Tray of Bliss