The flowering desert shrub jojoba, or Simmondsia chinensis, produces a wax that becomes liquid at room temperature. This substance, called jojoba oil, is rich in vitamins E and B complex as well as several minerals. Because it's chemically similar to the skin's natural oil, jojoba oil is ideal for skin care. Blending this oil with other natural ingredients lets you create a variety of lip care products.
Exposure to sun, cold temperatures, wind and dry indoor heat can damage the delicate skin of your lips, leaving them chapped and flaky. Pure jojoba oil provides a simple, natural way restore moisture to your lips so they become smoother and softer, advise beauty experts at the website BecomeGorgeous. To moisturize chapped lips, dip your finger in pure jojoba oil and dab the oil onto your lips.
For a dry lip treatment that's less spill-prone and easier to carry than liquid jojoba oil, try using this oil as a base for a natural lip balm. In a small saucepan on low heat, melt and blend 2 1/4 tsp. jojoba oil and 2 tsp. beeswax, suggest natural health care experts at the website Ayushveda. Add six drops of grapefruit essential oil or another skin-soothing oil like lavender, chamomile or carrot seed. Pour this blend into a container such as a small glass jar and let it cool.
Jojoba oil in lip gloss can help add shine and the appearance of fullness to your lips. To make lip gloss, you can use 2 tsp. beeswax, 7 tsp. jojoba oil, 1 tsp. honey and 1/8 tsp. flavor oil, recommends the soap makers' website Soapnuts. Melt the beeswax and blend in the oil. Remove from heat and stir in the honey. Let the mixture cool somewhat, then add the flavor oils. Flavor oils are weaker than pure essential oils. Look for lip-care approved flavor oils from cosmetics supplies companies. Possible flavor options include black cherry, raspberry and coconut. To color your lip gloss, include a little fresh beetroot juice.
Noticeably dry, flaky lips may benefit from gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and restore the lips' soft texture. To make a lip scrub, pour 1 tsp. jojoba oil into a small dish, add a pinch of brown sugar and blend. Apply the mixture to your lips and let it sink in for a minute. Gently rub the lip scrub over your lips with a wet wash cloth. Rinse your lips and apply a lip balm.