Green tea lip balm is your answer to chapped harmattan lips! With more natural, healthy ingredients than any lip balm you can buy in the store, with this green tea lip balm; your dry lips will be thanking you.
Although, today’s post is all about how to make green tea lip balm, but you can use any kind of tea or essential oils. Get creative and make different flavors. Note: if using essential oils, make sure they’re safe for consumption, not all of them are, organic ones are the best.
For clarity sake, I will love to explain what exactly is a Lip Balm. A Lip balm or lip salve is a wax-like substance applied topically to the lips to moisturize and relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis, stomatitis, or cold sores. Lip balm often contains beeswax or carnauba wax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, lanolin, paraffin, and petrolatum, among other ingredients. Some varieties contain dyes, flavor, fragrance, phenol, salicylic acid, and sunscreen.
The primary purpose of lip balm is to provide an occlusive layer on the lip surface to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure. Dry air, cold temperatures, and wind all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. Lips are particularly vulnerable because the skin is so thin, and thus they are often the first to present signs of dryness. Occlusive materials like waxes and petroleum jelly prevent moisture loss and maintain lip comfort while flavorants, colorants, sunscreens, and various medicaments can provide additional, specific benefits.
Lip balm can be applied where a finger is used to apply it to the lips, or in a lipstick-style tube from which it can be applied directly.
Ingredients Needed To Make Green Tea Lip Balm
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons loose green tea
- 1/4 ounce beeswax
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon avocado oil
- 2 teaspoons zinc oxide powder
Step By Step Guide On How To Make Green Tea Lip Balm
Step 1: To make a green tea infused oil, melt the coconut oil using a double boiler method. Then, add the green tea. Cover and cook for 1 hour on lowest heat setting.
Step 2: Next, strain tea from oil using cheesecloth.
Step 3: Combine prepared infused oil with beeswax; melt the mixture using a double boiler method.
Step 4: Remove from the heat; stir in honey, avocado oil, and zinc oxide powder. Whip with an electric handheld mixer.
Step 5: Transfer to a container for storage.