I have been on a DIY kick lately– especially when it comes to making my own salves, lotions, insect repellent bars and lip balms. Once you have your beauty DIY pantry stocked, it is amazing how many things you can make– and that are not laden with chemicals. This weekend I made lip balm. With a family of 9, we can go through lip balm. Considering my favorite store-bought lip balm is around $3.00— well, I needed a good alternative.
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Essential oils – some choices are Peppermint, Lavender, Frankincense and Grapefruit to name a few. I can’t wait to experiment with more of my Young Living Essential Oils! (If you need a place to get your essential oils, feel free to contact me.)
For the lip balm I used:
3/4 oz. of beeswax pellets (I put in about a half of ounce more just to make sure the lip balm would be firm. If you like a very firm lip balm, try adding a little more)
3/4 oz. of coconut oil
3/4 oz. of shea butter
Place all of those ingredients in to a double-boiler. Or if you don’t have one, rig up a Pyrex glass measuring cup and a pot filled with water. Be sure to not get water into the mixture. Stir with a wooden skewer or craft stick. Once everything is melted, remove the melted mixture from the stove.
Add essential oils of your choice. Since I used Young Living Essential oils, I used about 8-10 drops (we used peppermint for our first batch and lavender for our second.) Therapeutic-Grade essential oils are different than fragrant oils. When we use our lip balm the oil does far more than just make the balm smell good, it is also good for us! Love that.
Line up your empty lip balm containers (about 15). Carefully pour in the mixture. You can also use a medicine dropper if you have one on hand. Seriously that is it! It was so easy!
I pulled out my fancy (not) Avery labels, slapped it on a container and gave each of my kids their own lip balms. They were thrilled. Ok, maybe not all of them but my 6yr. old sure was! 🙂 We can’t wait to experiment with other essential oils.
If you keep your DIY pantry stocked with beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and essential oils you can make so many homemade ointments, lotions, heel lotions and bug off bars! I love having these homemade options!
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