I'm not sure about the rest of the world, but I start my day off with a steaming cup of coffee. Every morning, without fail, you can find me enjoying the morning sun with my cup of coffee and not wanting to 'adult' until after 1 cup is completely finished. One morning, as I'm gazing into my cup of awesome, I wondered what I could do with coffee aside from just drinking it; after all there are a bunch of wonderful benefits for skin inside this miracle drink. Not long after, the coffee coconut lip balm was born in my kitchen and it's been pretty rad. For those of you not familiar with the greatness that is the coffee bean, let me list some of the skin benefits for you:
Crazy rich source of antioxidants that fight against free radicals that are very damaging to skin. The antioxidants in coffee help boost the bodies natural defenses & preserve skin cell energy. It protects against UV rays, inhibits DNA damage response, makes skin smooth and bright because of an ability to repair tissue, regulate cell re-growth and leads to retained hydration that can increase skin elasticity. Last, but not least, it enhances blood circulation while effectively reducing swelling.
Now, in order to get the coffee into the lip balm, I infused it with coconut oil prior to adding the coconut oil to the recipe. You can learn more about infusing oils by reading more here. The long and short of it, is put coffee in a tea bag and place it inside the coconut oil in a double boiler. Let seep for 3-4 hours on low heat. Strain and taa-daa! Coffee infused coconut oil! Easy and well worth the effort for all the added benefits of coffee on the skin, as you've just read above. Combine coffee and coconut oil and you've got one heck of a combination. Remember that coconut oil is antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial AND protects against UV rays. Seems like the sky is the limit with this combo. Adding in some shea butter only helps this right along bolstering the anti-inflammatory properties with an added ability to help heal cuts and abrasions; makes it seem like a good fit for those prone to cold sores or dry, cracked lips.
Coffee infused coconut oil
Vitamin E Oil
I've heard some critiques about soy wax and estrogen levels, but using a little on your lips isn't throwing your body chemistry off at all. The amount you would have to take in has to be so much more. SO worry not, this vegan alternative to beeswax is very safe and healthy for skin.
This is the recipe for a 100% organic lip balm made from soy wax (vegan alternative to beeswax), mango butter, sweet almond & coconut oils, tinted with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics 100% vegan lip tars. The mango butter has vitamins A, C & E which help protect skin from sunburn, sooth sunburned skin & fight free radicals. Sweet almond oil acts as a skin friendly carrier for the essential oils added, but also contains vitamins A, E & D. It continues to be great for skin because it is also rich in oleic & linoleic acids.
Benefits of Almond Oil for Skin
Coconut oil has too many benefits ♡ read here for more but in a nutshell it's anti-viral, antimicrobial, antibacterial and protects against about 20% of UV rays. If you can incorporate coconut oil into a recipe for hair, skin or nails; I highly suggest that you do. I also added essential oils to give some added benefits to each lip balm. Read here for an extended explanation of essential oils used in these lip balms and their benefits.
Essential Oil (optional)
Bella Eiko is a single mother of a 5 year old boy, freelance journalist, foodie and Civil Rights activist that is dedicated to building a better world by increasing communication & applying positive changes to her everyday life. This endeavor includes educating both herself as well as her son about sustainable living and healthy alternatives to everyday products using practical application.