All Natural Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe1

Protect Your Lips with an All-Natural Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

Before you head out in the sun do you make sure that you cover your skin with sunscreen? What about your lips? Applying sunscreen meant for your skin directly to your lips doesn’t taste very good. Plus it is dries out your lips and dulls the shine. Instead, try this homemade sun protection lip balm, it will protect your lips, make them kissably soft, and it’s made of all-natural ingredients! Homemade Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

Most of the lip balm recipes I make when I have some sun protection inherently in the oils and wax. Most days of the year I am confident that my lips are protected just by using these. But in the hot summer months when the UV levels are through the roof, I bring out the big guns: this sunscreen lip balm recipe.Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

Many ingredients that are used in natural lip balm recipes provide a degree of SPF. Some oils add sun protection properties such as raspberry seed oil (natural SPF of 28-50) and carrot seed essential oil (SPF can be as high as 40). This recipe is made from a basic lip balm recipe with soft oils like wheat germ and jojoba, as well as shea butter, each of which has SPF properties themselves.

It’s important to also note that there are ingredients that can cause the sun’s effects to be accelerated. Phototoxic essential oils typically run in the citrus family (lemon, lime, bitter orange, mandarin leaf, and grapefruit). Sweet orange oil, however, is generally considered not phototoxic.All Natural Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

Making sunscreen or sun protection products at home is a solid way to add sun protection and one that I use for my fair, freckly (read: easily burned) skin.  Even so I would not venture a guess as to what the SPF is of a homemade recipe. I can say that I have been using this recipe on my own lips for years and have not burned them once. Plus, I can feel good about the ingredients that go into the recipe and on my skin. My general rule of thumb is to stay out of the sun when the UV is strongest and take the steps to protect my skin (and lips) as naturally as possible.

As with all home recipes test a bit on your skin and see how you react. Those with sensitivities, who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and for use on children should take caution and check with their health care professional.Make this SUNSCREEN LIP BALM! all natural lip balm for sun protection DIY

Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

Makes six tubes

Ingredients

Materials

Make it!

First infuse olive oil with calendula by following these instructions.

Measure all the ingredients into a small double boiler or a Turkish coffee pot. I like to use the Turkish coffee pot because it has a pour spout. I can heat the oils up quickly and then pour them easily into the tubes.

Once the oils, waxes, and butter have all melted together turn off the heat and add in the essential oils. Stir well with a small spatula.

The optional addition of titanium dioxide offers yet another layer of protection for those hot, sunny summer days. It offers strong sun protection as it is not absorbed into the skin. It sits on top as an opaque barrier. It is considered safe to use in lip balm, although breathing it in large doses can be an occupational hazard for those who work with it commercially.

If you do include titanium dioxide in the recipe, it can be difficult to mix into the lip balm. Of the half teaspoon that is called for, some does get mixed in and can be seen in the final opaqueness of the lip balm. There will be some left in the bottom of the oil after you finish pouring all of the lip balm tubes so it’s best to just throw away the last bit as it will mostly just be chalky and gritty. Handmade Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

When everything is thoroughly mixed use the spout on the Turkish coffee pot to pour the lip balm into the tubes. Fill each tube to just above where the center screw is. Let the lip balm cool and then warm up the remaining but the mixture in the pot so that you can top off each one of the tubes. Filling the lip balm tubes in two steps ensures that you won’t have a large depressed area with a hole in the center of the lip balm. If this still happens then you can always add a little bit more lip balm onto the top of the depressed area and use a lighter to melt it onto the rest of the lip balm. If this recipe is just for your own use (and you don’t really care what it looks like) then just fill up each one of the tubes the first time; it won’t affect the final product’s function or usefulness.Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe - how to fix a hole in the top

 

If you sunburned your skin, then try this natural aloe remedy for relief!

Growing aloe vera plants and using them as an anti-inflammitory for the skin, especially for sunburn treatment

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. nienna
    niennaApril 24,16

    This recipe looks fantastic! Is it ok to use just beeswax, or is the carunauba important? And if just beeswax, is it the same amount? Also, the vanilla I have is super thick, and I can’t imagine it working in this. Can you recommend a source? Finally, is it ok to substitute another oil for wheatgerm?

    Thanks so much!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseApril 24,16

      Hi Nienna, the carnauba wax is a hard shiny wax that is great for making the lip balm firm. If you use beeswax, the lip balm will be softer. I’m not sure exactly how much you would need to replace the wax, it would be a trial and error basis. You could replace the wheatgerm with more of the other oils, but I really like the wheatgerm in this recipe.

  2. Emily
    EmilyMay 19,16

    I always try to remember a lip balm with SPF as my lips get chapped in the summer as well as the winter. Thanks for sharing this great recipe with Merry Monday!

  3. Laura
    LauraJuly 8,16

    Thank you for sharing this at Thoughts of Home. We are so glad you are here.

  4. Jamie
    JamieJuly 8,16

    What a great idea!! Any more the ones at the store feel like you’re putting a candle on your lips! :p Pinning this to try! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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