Skip to main content

Recession Time Lip Blam

Recession is here.. so is cost-cutting..

But my desire for a nice lip-balm never goes away. I have heard rave reviews for the Cherry Lip Balm by Nivea, but when you take into account my history with skin break-out due to Nivea, I ain't so sure bout the lippie.

So I set out to making my own lip balm. With bees wax. not petroleum wax which i am allergic to.

Which was not easy to lay hands on.

So after a lot of googling and calling, I got some of that yellow wax.

Melted a spoonful in a water bath, added 2 spoons of almond oil, 2 of jojoba oil, 2 of avocado oil, and 1 of Castor oil for glossiness, (I like my lip balms to be glossy, not matte), a few shavings of a red lipstick, stirred it all with a toothpick. (do not allow water to boil, wax will catch fire!)

Then took it off the bath, added 2 drops of lemon essential oil, poured it into a twist container that I got from the same lady who I bought bees wax from. Popped it into the freezer for 20 mins.

Viola, lip balm is ready, glossy and pink to use.

And the entire cost of the lip balm with all raw materials and all does not exceed 30 bucks. Plus it is just how i like it and i know what exactly has gone into it.

I also made some with less oil for my mom, a slightly stiffer version, that is more balmy than glossy.

Next time I plan to incorporate the more exotic shea butter in it too.

Recession does not mean you don't look your best, it just means that you have to think of alternative routes and smarter routes to get there.

Do write in with your recession time tips on looking good.

Till then, Stay Pretty.
Reblog this post [with Zemanta]


  1. Where do you get your skincare supplies from?

  2. @Rads: I get them frm this lady who has a store very close to my place. She actually runs classes on how to make skin care & make up prdts at home. have thght of joining them many times.. Now only if a i got a week off frm work :)

  3. Hi,

    I came to your page while googling "beeswax". I haven't been able to find any in India that an individual can buy and use, most sites only offer bulk orders. Would appreciate it if you can point me in the direction of the person you bought yours from.

    Thanks a bunch!

  4. @Ami: I’ll get back to you on mail with that person’s contact details. She runs a shop at 7 bungalows.

  5. Hi Tanveer,
    No rush, just reminding. :)
    Any luck with that person's contact details?

    I am in New Delhi, btw.


  6. Hey Tanveer.....where did you get beeswax.....would love to know the place.....

  7. Unfortuantely I have lost her contact number & name - but I do know that she runs a small store in the Jewel Shopping Complex at 7 bungalows, andheri west in mumbai.


Post a Comment

Hey! Thank you for taking the time out to add your valuable comment. I will revert as soon as possible.


I delete blatant self-promotion and comments where it is clear the post material was not carefully read. If you are not going to bother to engage with the post, I am not going to bother posting your comment.

I also delete ALL comments with links - even if the link is to your blog.

Don't be mean to other commentators - it serves no purpose other than showcase your own personality in a bad light.

Popular posts from this blog

Reetha, Amla & Shikakai Home Made Shampoo - Weekend Experiment

Good Morning Lovelies, I hope your weekend was fun. Mines was, well, ho-hum, but anyways, we are not talking about that here (let’s save that cribbing for twitter).
I have been suffering from quite a bit of hair fall since some time. I have tried changing products to using intensive conditioning and the works. It stops the hair fall for while, but then it rears its ugly head again.
So on lark, & for lack of better things to do, my best friend & I decided to make some Reetha – Amla – Shikakai shampoo at home. This century old ayurvedic herbal concoction is reputed to not only strengthen hair, but also darken it and stop hair fall.
I got the 3 biggies from a local kirana store. All 3 are priced at 15 Rs for 100gms.

How to: Soak 5 pieces of Shikakai, 4 balls of Reetha  (Soapnut) & handful of Amla (Indian Gooseberry)  in about 500 ml of water overnight. In the morning, heat the mixture on gas till it just starts to boil. Let it cool, when lukewarm mash all the amla, reetha and…

Skin Care Myth: Sunscreen will stop you from Tanning

Image via Wikipedia I know I did a recent article on skin care myths (read it here), but I don't know how I forgot to mention this particular myth. In any case I think this warranted a post on its own.

Myth: If I use a suncreen regularly and religiously, I will not tan. 

Fact: This is a very simplistic statement. But before I bust this myth, kindly bear through a science lecture. This is to bring all readers of all backgrounds on the same knowledge level.

Lets define sunscreen (from Wikipedia):Sunscreen (also commonly known as sunblock or sun cream) is a lotion, spray, gel or other topical product that absorbs or reflects "some" of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight and thus helps protect against sunburn. Sunscreen helps protect only against direct DNA damage as it cannot dissipate UV as harmless heat.

The SPF of a sunscreen is a laboratory measure of the effectiveness of sunscreen — the higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen …

I made "Washed Ghee" at home and it turned out great!

Yesterday I posted about the importance of fat in our diet. While doing research for the same I came across the recipe for "Washed Ghee" or Shata Dhaut Ghrita (100 times washed ghee).

After I read about this miracle at home cream, it was inevitable that I would try to create this cream myself. All I needed apparently was some cow ghee & water.

So I made it last evening. And here is how it went.

For those readers who haven't read the earlier post: Hundred times washed ghee is prepared from organic cow milk ghee by washing it in purified water, repeatedly, 100 times in a copper vessel, using a specific prescribed method while chanting some mantras

This procedure transforms the ghee into a soft, cooling, nourishing, silky unguent that is used as a traditional moisturizer and anti wrinkle skin cream. It produces radiant and glowing skin, especially for people with easily inflamed skin. It can be used as a daily face and body moisturizer or for facial massage. Apply it for…