Mango & Shea Butter Lime Lip Balm

Here you can find my quick and easy recipe to whip up your own homemade lip balm!

I purchased some mango butter samples a while ago and my hands were itching to use it.  So when I ran out of lip balm, this was my chance to try this out.

Mango butter is highly moisturising, softening and soothing to the skin. Mango butter is said to help treat skin rashes, eczema and insect bites. It also has healing capabilities and can be applied when e.g. sunburned. While mango butter is excellent for skin, it is often mixed with other ingredients because it is much harder than Shea butter.

Shea butter is rich in fatty acids and will on one hand protect the skin and on the other lock in moisture. It has a buttery texture which easily is absorbed into the skin. Shea butter is rich in vitamin E and also contains vitamins A, D and F. Shea butter is not only used as a moisturizer but to also treat burns, insect bites, diaper rash, eczema and psoriasis. However, seeing it is extracted from the karité nut tree, it is not recommended for people with severe nut allergies.

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What you need:

  • 5ml Shea Butter
  • 5ml Mango Butter
  • 3g Beeswax  pastilles
  • 3-5 drops Lime Essential oils
  • 2 drops Vit E oil (either with a dripper from a bottle or use 1 capsule)

 

how you make it:

Place your beeswax pastilles and butters in a small pot or heat resistant cup and gently heat your ingredient mix via a double boiler until the beeswax has melted. Beeswax Pastilles can take longer than butters to melt, so be patient, this can take up to 20 minutes.

 

Once melted, remove from the double boiler and add in a few drops of Lime essential oil.  Carefully prick the vitamin E capsule and press the oil out into the mix.

Stir well and poor into a container.  You can either buy clear or white lip balm sticks/ containers or reuse a pretty tin like I did.  Leave to cool overnight and your nourishing lip balm is ready!

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