MAGAZINELips are extremely susceptible to drying out-much more so than other parts of our body, as they are always exposed to the elements, and really have only a thin layer of skin to protect them. This is why we turn to lip balm.  You probably know that lip balm dries your lips out, which in turn makes you apply more, and then it turns into an addicting habit that isn’t doing you, any favors.

Despite the high humidity in much of the region, lips go through high heat, blazing sun, and just plain old wear and tear. They can get chapped, reddened, dried out, and can even peel. But if you know how to take care of them properly, they can be oh so soft.

Harmful to Lips:

Here’s a list of the harmful things you should avoid:

  • Dry air, created when air conditioning is used, can dry out your lips.
  • Artificial sweeteners could cause health problems.
  • Parabens, which are present in most commercial lipsticks, can damage your skin.
  • Fragrance, also in some lipsticks, can dry out your skin.
  • No SPF (sun protection factor) can lead to sun burn. A few natural oils that offer sun protection are carrot seed oil, raspberry seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and sesame seed oil.

Beneficial to lips:

Some ingredients in lipsticks and lip balms are actually good for your lips.

Glycerin, aloe vera and honey are humectants. They pull moisture out of the air and attach it to whatever they are on, such as your lips. Water, in any form, is good for your lips, but will evaporate quickly without something to hold it there. Lip balms are made to hold the moisture in.

Beeswax can act as an emollient, moisturizer, as well as protect your lips from the elements, but the most important role it plays is that it is what gives your lip balm its stiffness and body so that it can be easily transported and applied.

Coconut oil will not coat and smother your skin like petroleum based products, and moisturizes deep down. Its fatty acids hold onto moisture, and can help reinforce the skins lipid (fat) layer, which promoted hydration.

Vitamin E is full of antioxidants, it can neutralize the effect of free radicals that damage healthy skin cells and lead to dryness.

Make your own lip balm at home

It’s surprisingly simple to whip up a batch of lip balm or tinted gloss that’s perfectly customized to your preference.

All this homemade balms are designed to help seal in moisture and not just dry up and off, but actually sink into your lips. It also won’t leave a slick, exclusive barrier.

All that’s needed to get started are a few ingredients and some very basic kitchen equipment.

Recipe nr. 1:

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What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • A dash of organic raw honey
  • 2 vitamin e capsules
  • several drops of essential oil (optional)

How to make lip balm:

  • In a double boiler, melt down the beeswax, adding in the coconut oil and honey when about half of the beeswax is no longer solid.
  • After it’s all melted and blended together, stir in the contents of 2 vitamin E capsules.
  • Pour into container or a tube and let cool. Apply as needed-but not in excess. Resist! There can always be too much of a good thing.
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Recipe nr. 2:

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Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons grated unbleached beeswax
  • 5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor, or jojoba)
  • 6 or 7 drops essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey, for flavor

How to make lip balm:

  • Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine.
  • Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.
  • To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.
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Recipe nr. 3:

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This recipe made 40 tubes worth of chapstick.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Beeswax
  • 3 oz. Coconut oil
  • 3/4 oz. pure shea butter
  • 1/4 oz.pure lanolin  (OR try just 4 oz. Coconut oil)
  • 25 Drops peppermint oil
  • 15 Drops rosemary oil

How to make lip balm:

  • Melt 2 oz. organic beeswaxin a pan on low heat.
  • While that was melting, I measured out 3 oz. coconut oil, 3/4 oz. pure shea butter, and 1/4 oz. pure lanolin.
  • You should have twice as much oil as you do beeswax, so if you decide to try onlycoconut oil and shea butter and keep out the lanolin, OR if you’d like to experiment with other solid oils, just make sure it’s 4 oz. total.
  • Drop thecoconut oil, etc. in with the beeswax.
  • Stir on low heat till it’s melted.
  • Drop in your desired amount of peppermint androsemary oil.
  • If it cools too quickly before you’re done filling your tubes, just pop it in the microwave till it melts again.
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Recipe nr. 4:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (get it here)
  • 30+ drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Melt beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, stirring constantly until melted.
  • Remove pan from heat but keep over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted.
  • Add essential oils to your preference. I just added peppermint in this recipe. I recommend adding a few drops at a time and testing a tiny amount on your arm to make sure the scent is to your liking.
  • Once you’ve added the essential oils, use the pipette or a dropper to fill the lip balm tubes. This must be done quickly since the mixture will start to harden as soon as it is removed from the heat.
  • Let tubes sit at room temperature for several hours until cooled and completely hardened before capping them.
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Recipe nr. 5:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 parts coconut oil
  • 1 part beeswax
  • a few drops of vitamin E
  • vitamin E

You can do any measurement you like, but I chose a teaspoon because it makes just enough for a tube of balm or a small pot.

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Add a few drops of oil to the bottom of the measuring cup. Not only is it good for your skin, it will also help prolong the shelf life of the balm!
  • Measure out two teaspoons or coconut oil, pressing it into and leveling the spoon. Scrape it all into the measuring cup.
  • You’ll need a teaspoon full of beeswax. I prefer to grate it on a sheet of parchment or freezer paper so that I can transfer it easily to the spoon.
  • Stir everything up and microwave!
  • I tend to microwave 30 seconds as a time, take it out and stir, and then microwave again. Heat the mixture until the beeswax melts completely and the oil looks nice and golden.
    Pour it into your container before it has time to set up!
  • It’ll take your balm a little while to set up – no more than a couple hours. Leave it out somewhere that no one will bother it and let it harden
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Recipe nr. 6:

Luscious Lavender Lip Balm Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp jojoba, almond, or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil (or 3 punctured, squeezed out liquid vitamin E capsules)
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil (or other essential oil)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp colored, natural lipstick (optional, if you want it to have a hint of color)

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

Warm the oils, beeswax and honey in a small, stainless steel pot or bowl. Be sure to warm it on VERY low heat.You can use a double boiler, if you’d like.

Stir until the beeswax is completely melted.

Remove from heat and quickly whisk in the essential oil, vitamin E, cocoa powder, and colored lipstick. Place the bottom of the bowl into a shallow pan of ice water and continue whisking quickly as you add the honey.

Once the honey is incorporated, quickly transfer the balm into your lip balm container (tube or tin) and allow to set for 3 hours.

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Recipe nr. 7:

All natural tinted lip balm

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 2 Tbs jojoba oil (avocado, olive, or other similar oils would also work)
  • 2 tsp grated cocoa butter
  • 1 Tbs grated beeswax
  • 1 tsp vitamin E
  • 1/2 tsp essential oils* (optional, but so fun!)
  • 1 – 2 tsp of Alkanet Root powder or Hibiscus powder

You can leave out the herbal powder if you don’t want a tinted lip balm.

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt coconut oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax. Stir until just melted and then remove from heat.
  • Stir in vitamin E, essential oils, and herbal powder. Mix until completely incorporated.
  • Moving fairly quickly (this stuff will start to solidify fast), pour mixture into prepared containers and let cool until hard. (You can always put them in the fridge if you are in a hurry.)
  • This recipe will fill about 4 – 6 half-ounce containers.
  • As soon as you make lip balm, quickly clean off any mixing bowls or pots before this stuff gets too waxy. Or go buy a few cheap containers, measuring cups, and grater that you use just for this type of thing.
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Recipe nr. 8:

Vanilla Latte Lip Balm

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Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Cocoa Butter
  • 2 oz Coffee Butter
  • 6 oz Avocado Oil
  • 20 Classy Lip Pots

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • In a small heat-safe container, use a microwave to melt the Cocoa Butter. It helps to break it down to the smallest chunks possible before heating it or you can mix it with the Avocado Oil to help the butter melt down smoothly. Cocoa butter has a higher melting point that other solid oils, so be sure your heat-safe container is able to withstand prolonged temperatures and if it’s glass, remove it from the microwave with a pot holder.
  • Add the Coffee Butter to the Cocoa Butter and stir until the Coffee Butter is completely melted and the mixture is no longer cloudy (you may have to zap it in the microwave for a few more seconds).
  • Add the Avocado Oil and mix well (if you didn’t already during the Cocoa Butter melting phase).
  • Line up the Classy Lip Pots (sans lids) and pour the mixture into the containers. Allow mixture to harden. Twist on the lids and enjoy!
  • This recipe does not make use of any flavor oils, so what you’ll taste is just the natural flavor of the Coffee Butter and Cocoa Butter. As-is, the flavor is much like a great cup of black coffee. But if you usually take your coffee with sugar, try adding a bit of Steviaor Lip Smacking Sweet to the recipe.
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Recipe nr. 9:

Lips of Bliss Balm

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. natural beeswax, grated
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 5–10 drops essential oil of choice
  • 1/2 tsp. honey or glycerin-based food-grade flavor extracts, such as almond, orange, lemon, etc. (optional)

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Place grated beeswax into a heatproof glass dish (one with a spout and handle is ideal). Add coconut oil to the container (the oil will be solid at room temperature).
  • Add 1 1/2 cups water to a small/medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil and place glass dish with beeswax and coconut oil into the middle of the pot. The beeswax and coconut oil will begin to warm and melt; give the liquid a stir with a metal spoon to fully incorporate the two ingredients.
  • Once melted, remove the glass container from the pot and set on a kitchen cloth or trivet. Turn the heat off on your stove.
  • Add essential oil of choice and flavoring agent, if you’re using one. Stir with the metal spoon to distribute evenly.
  • Pour mixture into your container of choice; cover with a lid.
  • Allow to fully cool. Mixture will be solid at room temperature.
  • Makes enough for one 2-ounce container. For larger batches, simply multiply ingredients by the amount of 2-ounce jars you wish to make.
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Recipe nr. 10:

Homemade Chapped Lip Balm

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C. Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 C. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 C. Grated Beeswax
  • 3-5 drops of natural extract such as mint, vanilla, or lemon or favorite essential oils
  • When I need grated beeswax, I simply grate the bottom off the candles we buy at church, but I’m sure you could find it pre-grated at a crafts store or online.

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Melt the oils and beeswax together in a double boiler over medium heat. If you don’t have a double boiler, make do with a wide bowl set across the top of a pot of boiling water.
  • Once melted and fully integrated, pour the mixture into 3 smaller jars or tins.
  • Add your flavoring extracts to the tins (usually one drop of extract per jar is sufficient).
  • While still warm, stir with a toothpick to combine. Let sit to cool and thicken before use.
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Recipe nr. 11:

Homemade sparkly or chocolatelip balm

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Ingredients:

  • Basic lip balm quantities for four small 10ml pots of either chocolate or sparkly balm:
  • Beeswax (8g)
  • Cocoa butter or shea butter (10g)
  • Sunflower oil (25ml)
  • Calendula oil (3ml)
  • A few drops of grapefruitessential oil (if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon of pink mineral powder to add sparkle or one square of dark chocolate to flavour

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and sunflower oil over a very low heat for about one min – in a saucepan on the hob or over a bain-marie.
  • Add 3ml of calendula oil.
  • Add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil (if desired) or melt in your chocolate.
  • Pour into a tin, leave to set for 10 mins and give it a try!
  • Lip balms will keep for up to one year. Enjoy!
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Recipe nr. 12:

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Ingredients:

  • 8 Drops peppermint oil
  • 2 Tbsp carrier oil (such as almond oil—this dilutes the peppermint oil from a burn to a tingle)
  • 1 Tbsp beeswax pellets
  • Glass dropper
  • Glass jar
  • Containers (hit up a department store for sample jars or order your own)
  • Optional: lipstick shavings for a hint of tint

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Put the two tablespoons carrier oil and one tablespoon beeswax in a glass jar and close the lid. Heat the jar in a pot with water on medium-high heat until wax is melted.
  • Remove jar from pot and stir mixture.
  • Add peppermint oil with a dropper (not too much or it’ll burn your lips—we recommend starting with eight drops and adding more if necessary).
  • If you’d like your balm to be tinted, stir in your lipstick shavings until your desired color is achieved.
  • Then immediately pour the mixture into your containers.
  • Let stand for two hours until hard.
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Recipe nr. 13:

Minty Chocolate Lip Balm Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
  • 1/8 c. coconut oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp shea butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp cocoa butter
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp vitamin E oil (or 2 punctured, squeezed out vitamin E capsules)
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Place the shea and cocoa butters in a small pot or double boiler, and add the coconut oil.
  • Heat over VERY low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Try not to let the mixture go over 175 degrees, or the shea butter could end up a little gritty.
  • Add the beeswax and stir well.
  • After the beeswax has completely melted, remove the mixture from the heat and add the essential oil, honey, vitamin E, and cocoa powder, whisking well the whole time.
  • After everything is incorporated and smooth, transfer to a lip balm tube or tin and allow to set for 3 hours.
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Recipe nr. 14:

Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 ounce beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 ounces olive oil
  • Mint extract to taste (about 20 drops), optional

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Weigh beeswax and measure remaining ingredients.
  • In small double boiler, add beeswax and melt.
  • Once melted, add honey and oil, and stir for 1 to 2 minutes.Be aware that the honey will not fully mix with the oil because of the water content, but it’s a good healing agent for the skin.
  • Add extract and stir well.
  • Pour heated mixture into a small glass container or beaker, then distribute into lip balm tins or tubes.
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Recipe nr. 15:

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Ingredients:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Beeswax
  • A pack of kool-aid in any color (we used cherry)

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Shave one tablespoon of beeswax into a microwave safe bowl
  • Add 4 tablespoons coconut oil and 4 tablespoons of petroleum jelly
  • Heat in microwave for about 45 seconds or until melted
  • Mix in as little or as much of the kool-aid as youd like until dissolved. We used cherry, but as you can tell, it turned it a nice plum color. We got it for flavor purposes more-so than color preference.
  • Pour into the container and let set for a couple hours. Or put in the fridge for about an hour. Then use and enjoy!
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Recipe nr. 16:

Handmade Sparkly Strawberry Lip Balm

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tbspbeeswax pellets
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • strawberry flavour oil
  • Pink food paste
  • pipette
  • microwavable glass jug
  • lipstick shavings
  • edible glitter

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Start by placing 2 tablespoons of the beeswax pellets and 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil in a glass jug.
  • Heat in the microwave on low to medium power until the beeswax pellets have melted. Remove jug from microwave and stir with a metal spoon. Using a pipette, add a few drops of strawberry oil.
  • Gradually add lipstick shavings to the jug of liquid. Stir mixture with metal spoon and continue adding lipstick shavings until you achieve desired shade and the colour is even. Using a clean pipette, transfer lip balm to pots.
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Recipe nr. 17:

DIY Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm

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Makes 10-15 tubes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons mango butteror cocoa butter (or blend of both)
  • 2 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax, pastilles or shredded
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Coarsely chop or grate the beeswax and butters if in solid block form (if using pastilles skip this step).
  • Measure out equal parts tightly packed, grated beeswax and butters into a mason jar or small glass pyrex measuring cup.
  • Add of coconut oil as well.
  • Prepare a double boiler system by adding about 1-2” of water to a small pot.
  • Submerge bottom of mason jar or measuring cup in water. Heat water on medium-low to melt contents, stirring occasionally. Monitor to ensure that the water does not boil over the rim into blend.
  • Once melted together, immediately remove from heat and add vanilla extract to mix.
  • Take care to handle jar with proper protection, as it will be hot. Stir vigorously to combine.
  • Pour the hot mixture into lip balm containers. Use tubes or tubs to your preference.
  • To speed up cooling process, place containers in the refrigerator to set. Use as you would any other lip balm and enjoy!
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Recipe nr. 18:

Coconut Vanilla Lip Balm

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Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 c beeswax, shaved
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • and 1 tsp jojoba oil (sweet almond or vitamin E oil can be substituted)
  • small containers

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Let’s start with the beeswax. If you can’t find a block of beeswax, you can also use a 100% beeswax candle. Shave it down with a knife, peeler, or grater.
  • Put the beeswax shavings and coconut oil into a microwave safe dish and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.
  • The melting point of the coconut oil is 76° so that will melt fast, but it will take a little longer to melt down the beeswax which has a melting point of about 145°.
  • Once the balm is poured, let it sit to cool and harden. You can use it within the hour but I find it’s best to let your homemade lip balm sit overnight.
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Recipe nr. 19:

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup oil (like sweet almond, coconut or grapeseed)
  • ¼ cup butter (like shea, cocoa or mango)
  • enough wax to make ¾ cup total (like beeswax or soy wax)
  • a few drops essential oil, for flavor
  • 1 teaspoon powdered herbs for color, such as beet root powder

Instructions on how to make lip balm:

  • Measure your oil and butter into a heatproof glass measuring cup. Microwave a minute or two until melted. (You can also melt the mixture by setting the glass measuring cup in a pan of gently boiling water – like a makeshift double boiler.)
  • Add enough wax to make a total of ¾ cup. Melt this in the microwave or the makeshift double boiler. The glass measuring cup will get very hot, so be extra careful when handing.
  • Take a stainless steel spoon and mix everything together. Pull the spoon out and wait a few minutes until what’s left on the spoon hardens. Test this to see if it’s hard or soft enough for your liking. Make your adjustments now (adding more oil if you want it softer, or more wax if you like it harder).
  • Optional Step: When the consistency is where you want it, add a few drops of an essential oil like peppermint or grapefruit. (One year for Christmas, I made lip balms in chocolate and orange. I melted some dark chocolate into it and added some orange essential oil.) You can color your lip balm by adding a small amount of powdered herbs such as beet root powder. Stir it in well so that there are no lumps.
  • Carefully pour into clean lip balm tubes or tins. You can clean and reuse old ones or buy new ones.
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Variations

You also can add grapefruit seed oil as a preservative. You also can mix oils, such as almond oil, sunflower seed oil and others, depending on the availability and the product you wish to make. Other oils and butters alter the texture and healing properties of the final product.

Adding more or less beeswax will make the lip balm harder or softer depending on your preference; the harder it is, the longer it stays on your lips.

You can use different oils for their individual qualities. Many have antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are good for your skin. You can do an infused oil with herbs such as calendula and use that for your base oil. You can add essential oils like tea tree or lavender to make a healing ointment that’s very portable – great for use on scrapes and bug bites. You can add a few drops of cinnamon or ginger essential oils. These oils increase circulation and can make your lips appear more plump. Don’t use too much as they can also be irritating.

You can make a stretch mark balm by omitting the oil and adding more butter. Nothing soothes dry, itchy skin like cocoa butter. Add some grapeseed oil and it makes it all that much more nourishing. You can add a small amount of zinc oxide or one of the oils with natural SPF to act as a sunscreen. And if you want it a bit sweeter, add a small amount of powdered stevia.