Until I learned to make them, I was a little shy of lip balms. I had read that they had ingredients in them that made you “addicted” to them so once you started using them, your lips would feel soft and moisturized for awhile but that ingredients in them would lead to drying of the lips and the desire to use more lip balm. Can’t say what that would be but most of the ingredients listed for my previously favorite lip balm are difficult to pronounce. The ones I make have beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil and/or cocoa butter and a fragrance or essential oil, maybe a lip-safe mica or other colorant. And you can pronounce all of them! The ingredients also make them great as a cuticle treatment or even as a hand balm. They are glossy and soft. Rub the back of your hand across your lips if you don’t want the gloss and massage the lovely oils into your skin!
Salt and sugar scrubs are easy to make from a kit, as is the one shown on the right. Some people complain that the salt scrubs are too granular and harsh. It is supposed to exfoliate but it should feel good to use. My preference is for sugar scrubs because they tend to have finer grains. Since a number of people have requested salt scrubs, I’ll be working on formulas to address those concerns, as well as on some lotions without preservatives. Coffee scrubs are definitely on the horizon, too, and will pair well in a gift basket with my Coffee Scrub Soap!