DIY Lip-Balm: Put The Lime In The Coconut

Sing it with me!

She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ’em bot’ up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ’em bot’ up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ’em bot’ up

My husband is cringing at this right now, cause well, I can’t hold a tune to save my life. LOL!

But I love this song and after hearing it on the radio the other day, I decided to make this lime-coconut infused lip balm, perfect for the changing seasons. For many of us the start of this winter wonderland means dry, chapped lips and if you are using store-bought lip balm you are slathering the thinnest skin on your body with a concoction of nasty chemicals.

Our lips have these little oil glands that help keep them moist, but when the cold weather hits, the dry air, open-mouthed breathing, and dehydration lead to unkissable lips and no one wants that right?

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I love this recipe and am so happy to share it with you. Make sure to keep checking back, I’ll be adding more recipes like this over the winter months.

I’ve packed this balm with super nourishing ingredients that are all meant to heal, repair, condition and protect the skin.

Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii): A powerhouse of moisturizing properties that are perfect for dry and damaged lips. The vitamin A helps to heal the skin. The oleic acid (a saturated fatty acid) that is highly compatible with the sebum naturally produced by our skin and aids in the absorption of other key ingredients. The vitamin E, a super antioxidant, protects the skin from free radical damage.

Beeswax (Cera alba): Provides the base for many of my ointments and salves. It has excellent healing properties, reduces inflammation and is very good for dry skin. I’ve used it in this balm because it’s super moisturizing and also creates a waterproof barrier for the skin.

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Almond oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis): Relieves dry skin and helps with loss of moisture. Provides a thin barrier between the skin and the elements. I;ve used it here because it works well as an oil base and it protects from the sun as well. It has a low SPF, something we don’t think about in the winter. (not a full spectrum SPF)

Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera): An excellent replacement for mineral oil for dry, chapped lips. Packed with fatty acids, coconut oil is antifungal and anti-bacterial and is perfect for this kind of lip balm. It’s soothing and softening helping to heal and nourish the lips.

Lemon and Lime Essential Oils: I wanted a fresh, tropical scent for this recipe and these two are a match made in heaven. They also both have minor antiseptic and antiviral properties.

 

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Print Recipe
Put the Lime in the Coconut DIY Lip Balm
Candice Batista The Eco Hub
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Candice Batista The Eco Hub
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil and beeswax in a glass bowl
  2. Place the bowl on top of a saucepan that has about 2 inches of water in it, over medium heat. Let the ingredients melt, stirring slowly until the wax and butter have melted completely.
  3. Remove from the heat. You have to work fairly quickly as the mixture will harden fast.
  4. Add the essential oils.
  5. Pour the mixture into a sterilized, airtight jar or container and let cool before closing it.
  6. The Ritual: When your lips are dry and cracked, apply liberally. For super protection, apply before bed.
Recipe Notes

Recommended for: All skin types

Shelf life: 3 months

Usage: When needed

Storage: Cool, dark place

If you want to make a bigger batch, just double the ingredients

 

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If you try this recipe, I’d love to see a photo, tag @theecohub on social media and use the hashtag #TheEcoHub, I’d love to see your creations.

 

 

Candice

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.

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