DIY

Making Lip Balm! Perfect winter DIY

IMG_0045Yesterday was a lip balm kinda day.  I gathered ingredients as well as a couple of friends and we cranked out a super easy (and huge) batch of lip balms.

Want to try it?

Of course you do! Well, maybe not everybody loves a good DIY but I sure do and I’m sharing for those of you who might enjoy this project.

Materials:

 

  •  you can just be a lazy one like me and use old jelly jars and a pot with water (the recycled jelly jars can be tossed afterward)
  • or you can be all fancy like that and use a double boiler
  • containers for your lip balm – the recipe makes a full cup so stock up!
  • 1/3 measuring cup
  • chopsticks (to stir with)
  • beeswax pellets
  • coconut oil –  make sure it’s the solid one not the liquid
  • another oil of your choice (sweet almond, olive, grapeseed will work)
  • essential oils of your choice – geranium is supposed to be amazing for skin.  I have used lavender, peppermint and orange (not all in the same batch!)
  • stovetop and oven mitts!
  • a freezer
  • not required but super nice additions…she butter and vitamin E oil capsules

To start with understand that the ratio will always be 1 part beeswax to 2 parts other oils.  That being said, one of your oils should always be a solid coconut oil.  The other can be subbed with what you have on hand. ( avoid peanut, sesame or sunflower oils… they can get funny smells in your product)

Ok! Here we go!

Prep your containers by removing lids and placing on a easy to transport tray that will fit in your fridge or freezer. Measure 1/3 cup beeswax and add to your double boiler or glass jar.  put about 1″ inch of water in your pot or double boiler.  Heat until beeswax is liquid using your chopstick to stir out any solid pieces.  You can add a small tsp scoop of shea butter at this time if you have it.  Continue by adding the remaining oils and stirring over a low heat to fully mix, melt and incorporate.  Lastly, add your chosen essential oils and a vitamin E capsule opened up and squirted in if you like.  🙂

Almost there…

CAREFULLY…VERY carefully…pour your melted oils/wax into your readied containers. Use oven mitts with jars!!! Place in fridge or freezer to set.  It will take about 15 min in freezer maybe a bit longer in fridge.  Remove and put lids on.

Label with the ingredient list if you plan to give these as gifts!

Super fun to make and a lovely gift to give – Happy Turkey Day everyone

 

 

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