If you are new to making aromatherapy products, starting out with lip balms is probably one of the easiest ways to start. There are just a few basic ingredients involved and, once you learn how to make aromatherapy lip balms with these ingredients, you can probably go onto to making both more complex lip balms and learn to utilize these ingredients into many other aromatherapy products.
Cocoa Butter for Lip Balms
Cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao) is extracted from the seeds of the cacao tree. The cacao tree is also the source of another well know commodity – chocolate! Cocoa butter is moisturizing in its properties; it is a solid fat that is cream-yellow in color. It is brittle at room temperature but melts to liquid form when it is heated up (above 85 degrees F) , which makes it is easy to blend it with other butters and oils to make lip balm. It has a slight chocolaty aroma.
Shea Butter for Lip Balms
Shea butter is obtained from the karite or shea (Vitellaria paradoxa, Butyrospermum parkii) tree, a member of the Sapotaceae plant family; the different Latin names refer to the various species of the tree in different regions. Shea butter is used in much the same way as cocoa butter and has moisturizing properties too. However, shea butter is less hard than cocoa butter and can melt on contact with your skin. It has a nutty-vanilla aroma.
Beeswax for Lip Balms
Beeswax is obtained from the secretions of the honey bee (genus Apis). Beeswax turns from a white to colorless liquid to a solid, waxy substance which is yellow in color. There are variations in the color of beeswax because of geographical differences.
Beeswax has several therapeutic properties; it is moisturizing, antiseptic and a skin softener. It also helps to thicken, absorb water and bind together the other ingredients in a product. Again, although beeswax is solid at room temperature, you can melt it via a heat source so that you can blend it with other ingredients to make cosmetic products. It has a flowery, honey aroma.
Vegetable Oils for Lip Balms
There are many different vegetable oils that you can use to make an aromatherapy lip balm. However, if you want your lip balm to be therapeutic and free of any additives, you should only choose a cold pressed, unrefined vegetable oil; if high heat is used in the extraction process, the resulting vegetable oil may not possess many of the therapeutic properties which the plant had. Most reputable aromatherapy suppliers carry unrefined, quality vegetable oils; these include jojoba, sweet almond and coconut oil.
Essential Oils for Lip Balms
Essential oils add aroma to your lip balm! They also contain therapeutic properties, in addition to adding “flavor” to the lip balm. Essential oils are extracted from plants in various ways and from various parts of the plant. Many flowers, trees and grasses contain essential oils. Essential oils range in price, texture and aroma, depending on the essential oil.
Essential oils which are suitable for adding to lip balms include sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), distilled lime (Citrus aurantifolia), peppermint (Mentha piperita) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). Take an aromatherapy course or read a good aromatherapy book to understand how much and which essential oils you can safely add to your lip balm. Some essential oils can cause irritation when used on the lips.
Aromatherapy Lip Balm Recipes
The ingredients listed above are included in the Sedona Aromatherapie aromatherapy lip balm making kit – and are discussed in the Sedona Aromatherapie Basic Butters, Balms, Creams and Lotions Course for beginners. To learn more about Sedona Aromatherapie product making courses, visit the courses home page. You can also find a simple recipe for aromatherapy lip balms in the 25 Basic Aromatherapy Recipes for Beginners e-book, written by Sharon Falsetto.
Lawless, Julia, 1995, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, UK: Thorsons
Price, Len,1999, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage, UK: Riverhead
Author’s own experience and training