Beauty recipe: You can make your own lip balm (and you really should)

I simply cannot get through the day without a lip balm. Summer or winter, my lips need that buttery dose of nourishment to keep them soft, supple and flake-free. However, given the number of chemical additives in most store-bought balms, I am becoming increasingly wary of putting them anywhere near my lips, where they can so easily be ingested!

That’s why I fell in love with the recipe for this pretty-smelling lip balm, which came via a Parisian friend. A red lip is the French makeup signature and we all know lipstick doesn’t sit well on dry or chapped lips. Hence, French women take their lip care very seriously, especially when it involves roses.

This easy-to-make lip balm feels unbelievably emollient and just sinks into the lips, leaving a soft, rosy flush. You can even use it for your hands and nipples.

rose lip balmHow does it work?

The beeswax and sweet almond oil preserve lips’ fragile tissue. Roses contain high levels of vitamin C, oils, and proteins, which help keep skin soft and moisturized. Plus, they are high in retinol (vitamin A), which treats lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging.

Ingredients

2 1⁄2 ounces beeswax, grated
1⁄4 pint sweet almond oil
3 tablespoons dried rose petals

Method

1. Gently crush the rose petals to release the natural oils

2. Add the petals to the almond oil

3. Gently warm the oil over low heat for a couple of minutes (it shouldn’t boil)

4. Remove the oil; cover and leave to infuse overnight

5. Put the infusion back on low heat and add the beeswax

6. Stir until everything melts and is well blended

7. Strain out the rose petals

8. Pour the mixture into small tin or glass boxes; let solidify a bit and then use daily

PS: You can enjoy more French beauty recipes in The Paris Bath & Beauty Book, which is a distillation of everything I’ve learned in this glorious country!

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