Green beauty: How to make your own three-ingredient natural lip balm

I found this recipe for all-natural lip balm on one of my favorite green blogs, Re-Nest. It gives easy instructions on how to make a simple, three ingredient balm. You can opt to buy empty tubes or tins to pour the mixture into (which is what I'd advise if you plan on giving it to others) or you can go the green route and reuse old tubes or jars.

If you're still looking to buy ready made lip balm, I recommend Alba, Burt's Bees and Jason's Natural Cosmetics. Be sure to look up safe brands on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetic safety database.

Also read:

-Toxic beauty: The dangerous truth about the cosmetics industry

-The Story of Cosmetics: What’s really in our personal care products (video)

Information via Re-Nest; photo via Readers Digest.

Lip balm is an item many of us use every day. But did you know that the ingredients in many different brands of lip balm can actually dry out your lips? These ingredients, which include aluminum salts, preservatives, artificial flavors and petroleum-based products, can also be toxic and experts advise that they shouldn't be used anywhere near the mucus membranes.

So what's a safe alternative? Natural lip balms made with pure, non-toxic ingredients are much better for your skin. To be sure your balm is made with quality components, why not make your own?

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