Our green columnist KATE ARMSTRONG, of Marsh on the user-friendly lip balms that needn’t cost the earth
WELL looks like winter is finally here - again - and the need for a good lip balm has never been greater.
But whatever you use you will ingest small amounts of the product and while there are lots of good natural lip balms on the market, lots contain stuff that is not so tasty.
In addition to synthetic preservatives and flavours, white petrolatum the basis of many balms, is derived from petrol. Yuk.
Alternatively, making your own lip balm is really easy and can be made from natural ingredients that are actually edible. This recipe is from The Soap Tub, a Huddersfield firm that supply base ingredients for making balms, bath bombs and soaps.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets; 1 tablespoon roughly chopped shea butter; 1 tablespoon grated cocoa butter; 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil; 1 tablespoon castor oil.
Melt the whole lot together in a bowl in a pan of hot water. Mix and pour into little pots to set. The end result is a really nice, very effective lip balm.
Pots and ingredients can be bought from The Soap Tub - visit them on line at www.meltandpoursupplies.com or phone them on 01484-453453
As I work out doors a lot digging mud, applying lip balm from a pot with grimy finger is not ideal.
Instead I use wind-up style (lip stick type), tubes. You can refill old lip balm tubes – you will obviously need to wash them out and rewind them. Sometimes you have to push the base plate down a little before they will wind back. Or you can buy new, empty tubes from www.aromantic.co. Filling the tubes is fiddly and a small funnel helps.
The tubes may seem a bit expensive but you can reuse them. This, of course, eventually saves money. It also cuts consumption of pesky plastic packaging and reduces your waste creation.
An empty bin and soft lips – what more could a green girl ask for?