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DIY Thursday: lavender & honey lip balm

If your pout gets a bit parched over winter, why not give it a bit of TLC with this luxurious lip balm?
Made from natural ingredients like coconut oil, raw honey and lavender oil, once you get the hang of it, it’s easy, inexpensive and a real treat for dry lips – plus if you make a few extra, they’re a great gift idea too.
Lavender & Honey Lip Balm
Note: you can buy most of these ingredients online or in health food shops.
You’ll need:
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp shea butter
½ tsp raw or Manuka honey
1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
2 Tbsp beeswax
12 small pots or lip balm tubes
A large rubber band
Gently melt the coconut oil, shea butter, honey and beeswax in a double boiler (or a glass bowl set on top of a sauce pot of simmering water).  Remove from heat and then stir in the sweet almond oil and lavender essential oil.  Quickly pour the melted oil into upright tubes or pots (if you use tubes, use the large rubber band to tie them together so they stand upright). You have to move very quickly before the oils start to set.  Let it set at room temperature, cap, label and enjoy!
7 tips for super-soft lips
1. Make this simple lip scrub: use a pinch of sugar mixed with a bit of olive oil and gently scrub over lips twice a week – it will remove all dry flakes leaving them baby-soft.
2. Be careful what you put on your face – it’s also going on your lips.  If you use a face wash with fruit acids or salicylic acid, apply our lip balm (above) first to protect lips before using.
3. Now you’ve made a bunch of it, keep one of our lip balms in every place you go – your office desk drawer, beside your bed, in your car, gym bag, in a few rooms of the house and in your favourite handbags and jacket pockets.  You’ll never be searching for lip balm again.
4. Anything spicy or salty can dry out lips, so balm up before you head out for Mexican!
5. If you’re going to be out in the cold or wind, use a scarf to cover the lower part of your face, including your lips.
6. Switch matte lipsticks for creamy ones – this is also a good idea as you get older, as matte lipstick can accentuate fine lines around the mouth.  
7.  Don’t forget your lips when applying your face sunscreen!  Burnt lips = sore, unattractive and dry.