Cosmetic science - make your own lip balm

Cosmetic science - make your own lip balm

Be a cosmetic scientist!

Have you ever had chapped lips? Unlike the rest of your skin, your lips don't produce oils to protect themselves. Because your lips don't have protective oils, it's easy for them to dry out in hot or cold weather and become chapped. You don't need to buy a lip balm to protect your lips - you can make your own!

The ingredients for your lip balm can be found online, at a pharmacy or at health food shops. Remember to ask an adult for help with handling hot items and using an oven.

What you need:

  • Saucepan or microwave-safe container
  • Plastic or wooden spoon
  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of almond oil
  • ½ teaspoon of essential oil - choose a flavour you like. Try citrus, lavender or peppermint.
  • Small, clean jar with a lid.

How to:

  1. Melt the beeswax, honey and almond oil in a microwave-safe container. The mixture burns quite easily, so microwave it in 10 second bursts and take care not to burn it. Alternatively, you could melt the mixture in a saucepan on top of the stove.
  2. Stir the melted ingredients together and mix.
  3. Stir in the essential oil and mix.
  4. Pour the mixture into a clean jar. Let it cool before you put the lid on.

Voila, your own lip balm! You can experiment by changing the essential oil you use or changing the amounts of the other ingredients.

What's happening:

Lip balm provides a protective layer for your lips to prevent chapping, just like the oils on other parts of your skin do.

What do all the ingredients do?

Beeswax thickens the lip balm and helps the other ingredients to stick together.

Almond oil is an emollient, which means that it softens and moisturises your skin.

Honey tastes nice and is also an emollient.

Essential oils flavour your lip balm and make it smell nice.

By experimenting with different amounts of ingredients and different essential oils, you've become a cosmetic scientist! Cosmetic scientists develop and test make up, soaps and lip balms. They need to make sure that the products work and are safe to use, and that customers like them too!

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