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With the holiday season right around the corner, you don’t want to be caught under the mistletoe with anything other than perfectly plump lips. But as the temperatures drops and the wind picks up, our lips can become dry and chapped, which is why you need to stock up on lip balms to keep your lips hydrated at all times! We literally keep them everywhere: in our car, our purse, on our desk – we’re addicted!

So we thought why not save the dollar this season and make our own DIY lip balms, and we’ve got to admit we’re obsessed with the results. They’re super hydrating, and they’re all natural so you don’t have to worry about preservatives or chemicals drying out your lips. We’ve even made dupes of our fave lip balms but for a fraction of the price. You can be as creative as you like and mix in any of your favorite flavors, scents or crèmes and you can find oils to combine easily on Amazon. To give you some inspiration, here are our three favorite recipes:

1. Peppermint lip balm

If there’s one lip balm we’re always lusting after, it it’s the La Mer Lip Balm, $70 – it’s a cult classic for a reason, but we can’t deny it’s pretty damn expensive. So, we decided to make our own using the signature ingredients; peppermint, almond oil, and Aloe Vera. The sweet almond oil is high in vitamin E, which will help protect your lips from UV damage and the aloe vera will hydrate and soothe.

2 tablespoon of petroleum jelly or coconut oil
1 drop of peppermint oil
1 drop of sweet almond oil
½ teaspoon of aloe vera

In a pan on a low heat melt the petroleum jelly (or just use softened coconut oil). When it’s melted, add in the other ingredients and stir well. Leave it on a low heat for 2-3 minutes and then pour it into a small dish (we use our leftover lip balm tins) using a funnel. Leave it in the fridge to set for 6-8 hours.

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2. Coconut lip balm

We’re in love with this DIY coconut lip balm – it leaves your lips feeling super soft and nourished, plus it has a sweet rose tint – your lips will literally be irresistible. All three oils are miracle workers: the coconut oil is a natural emollient, the argan oil is bursting with nourishing antioxidants, and olive oil is high in squalene so it’ll mimic the skin’s natural sebum and leave a protective barrier on your lips.

2 tsp Virgin coconut oil
2 tsp Argan oil
2 tsp Olive oil
Colored berry lipstick

In a pan on a low heat, melt together the coconut oil with the lipstick – it can be any old lipstick you have around the house, just cut off about 1 cm of the lipstick and add it into the pan. Then add in the oils and stir well. Leave it on the heat for 2-3 minutes and then pour it into a small dish (we use our leftover lip balms tins) using a funnel. Leave in the fridge to set for 6-8 hours.

3. Honey lip balm  

The Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm, $4, has been a firm favorite of ours for years as the combination of beeswax and honey will soothe even the driest lips. Honey is a humectant so it’ll draw moisture into the skin. We also added in some lavender, which smells amazing and is an amazing healer as it has antiseptic properties, plus it’s full of antioxidants that’ll help fight against free radicals.

2 tsp of organic beeswax
1 tsp of organic coconut oil
1 tsp of raw liquid honey
2 drops of lavender 

Add the beeswax, oils, and honey into a glass bowl, then place in a pan of very hot water and mix until they melt, then add 2 drops of lavender. Using a funnel, pour it into a small dish (we use our leftover lip balms tins). Leave in the fridge to set for 6-8 hours.

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Rose Lip Scrub

We thought we’d throw in an extra DIY lip scrub for you guys, but you actually have Priyanka Chopra to thank for this delicious exfoliating lip balm. We like to do this a couple of times a week to get rid of any dead skin, which tbh, in the winter is a regular occurrence.

2 drops of glycerin
2 drops of rose water
1 teaspoon of Salt or brown sugar

Mix one teaspoon of salt/sugar with a couple of drops of rose water and some vegetable glycerin. Then, gently massage it onto your lips and wash it off with warm water.

Let us know if you’ve ever tried making your own DIY lip balms, in the comments below.