Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Most manufactures of skin care products use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin. (Source) Chemicals in our environment are just one of the pieces of the cancer puzzle.
No premarket safety testing is required for the industrial chemicals that go into personal care products or the chemical industry as a whole. According to the Office of Cosmetics and Colors at the federal Food and Drug Administration, “…a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA.” (FDA 2012) The FDA does no systematic reviews of safety, instead authorizing the cosmetics industry to self-police ingredient safety through its Cosmetics Ingredient Review panel. Over its 36 years, this industry panel has rejected only 11 ingredients as unsafe in cosmetics (CIR 2012). By contrast, the European Union has banned hundreds of chemicals in cosmetics (European Commission 2012). (Source)
Because our skin acts as a sieve into our bloodstream, anything you put on your skin, you should be able to eat, ideally. After extensive research and reading on the dangerous effects of chemicals from parabens to BPA to dioxins and all the propyls used in store bought lotions, lip balm, makeup, etc.., I make all my own beauty products now. I cringe at the thought of all the chemicals in the store bought stuff which has been proven to cause reproductive issues, neurological problems and cancers. No thank you. Not to mention store bought balms and lotions are not effective for healing the root cause and they smell very artificial.
This homemade balm is so clean, fresh, invigorating, hydrating and nourishing your body will literally drink it up.
Hydrating and Nourishing Lip and Body Balm Uses:
- under eyes (puffy, dark circles, dry or wrinkles)
- dry skin
- calloused skin
- chapped skin
- bug bites
- bug stings
- poison ivy
- pregnant bellies
- diaper rash
- sunburn or any burn
- itchy skin
- bumps on skin
- boils on skin
- fingernail and toenail fungus
- ingrown toe nails
- keratosis pilaris (rash caused by Vitamin A deficiency)
- dry chapped lips
- dry cracked, calloused heels and feet
- dry cracked, calloused elbows
- everyday lip gloss
- everyday whole body moisturizer
- everyday whole body moisturizer for baby
- Coconut oil – with 92% saturated fat co is very stable, skin healer, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, soothes and repairs skin.
- Beeswax- loaded with nutrients, skin protectant, skin softener and healer and is antibacterial.
- Grass fed tallow or lard – with 50-55% it is a stable saturated fat, it is a powerhouse of nutrients, it is easily absorbed, it nourishes, it's real food so it's safe and it feels amazing on the skin and lips.
- Lemon juice – it helps balance pH and skin chemistry, it is detoxifying and supplies vitamins and minerals.
- Essential oils – flower essences are soothing, calming and healing.
- 2 tablespoons Coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons Beeswax
- 1 tablespoon Shea butter
- Optional - 1 tablespoon Grass fed Tallow or Lard (If you don't have a local source, this one is great)
- 10-30 drops of Essential oils ( I use grapefruit, lavender and thieves oil)
- Note: you will want to have everything set up and ready to go. This mixture sets very quickly and will harden once taken off the heat.
- Warm the coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter and tallow or lard on very low heat, to a liquid state, but as cool as possible (around 120°F), stir often.
- Once warm and melted, add the essential oils quickly and stir.
- Quickly pour through your strainer, to eliminate any impurities or chunks, into glass bowl, mason jar or lip balm container.
- I keep a container in each of my bathrooms and carry this in my purse. I absolutely love it and use it several times per day!