On the same night I made my yummy fruity strawberry lip balm, I also decided to make another sweet lip treat. I think one of my life mottos should be ‘life is better with cinnamon!’. So this is a cinnamon lip balm which works as a natural lip plumper, you will feel it gently tingling away on your lips.
Lip plumpers work by irritating your lips, your lips reaction to the irritation is to swell up and just like MAGIC you have fuller more plump lips. What you really want is a small to mild reaction, you dont want anything to feel as though it is ‘on fire’ or ‘inflamed’. Inflaming your skins is generally not something we seek to do but as you are applying a soothing lip balm, it acts to also moisturise your lips at the same time. Please also refer to my WARNING and CAUTION at the bottom of this post.
You can use white beeswax for a more white filling and you can even add in literally just a dash (no more) of ground cinnamon if you fancy spots throughout your lip balm.
DIY natural lip plumping cinnamon lip balm
Makes: 7 lip balms Making time: 30 mins Dry time: 24 hours minimum Overall time: 25 hours
- 1 tablespoon (14g) grated beeswax or beeswax pellets – I used yellow beeswax because its what I had
- 1 tablespoon (14g) shea butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet almond oil
- 1/2 teaspoon castor oil
- 5g Mango butter (I used a small piece from the pot)
- 5 drops Cinnamon essential oil
Now to make these nourishing balms
1. Over a ban marie or double boiler (or cheat like I do and use a milk jug in a pan with water) add the beeswax, shea butter, almond oil, castor oil and mango butter in a small heat proof bowl. Bring the water to the boil and then allow to simmer, until the mixture is just melted. You can stir the mixture but you dont need to stir it constantly.
2. Whilst your oils and butter are melting together, get your lip balm containers ready. I find it easy to put five (5) together and wrap a rubber band (loom bands work perfectly) around them, this stops them falling over when filling them. I also like to put them in a small plastic container, so that if there is any spillage, its contained. I find it easier to use my Pyrex jug making lip balm, as the spout on the jug allows for easy pouring.
3. Once fully melted, turn off heat and take container out of the pan. Allow your lip balm mixture to cool. If you add in the essential oil now, it can damage it. You dont want it to solidify but just to be cooler. Once it has cooled down, add in your cinnamon essential oil and stir well.
4. Pour the mixture into the lip balm tubes and allow to cool completely. Between Do NOT pour all of the mixture into the tubes (leave 1-2 teaspoons spare). As your mixture cools, A (small) depression will form in the center, use the spare balm that you didn’t use to fill this in, leaving a even finish. Simply reheat the leftover balm and top up the tubes. Allow your lip balms to set over night.
I always keep 1 of each batch for myself (I highlight the edges so that its always clear which one is mine), then I have first hand experience of it the balms are too soft, too hard, overly/underly flavoured. There is always one in each run that is never quite perfect, so I call it mine.
CAUTION and WARNING using Cinnamon Essential Oil: Cinnamon essential oil must be use with caution and not with a heavy hand. Do not increase the number of drops in your lip balm, as it can irritate your lips. Cinnamon essential oil is a known irritant and strong skin sensitizer. Do not substitute or use the bark essential oil, it is really NOT skin friendly. Also should you ever have a cinnamon soap (which I love), NEVER wash your genitals or sensitive areas with it.
This is just a word of caution (and to avoid people going crazy), I never had any problems with this lip balm but know that every person reacts differently to different products, even all natural ones.
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