I don’t know about where you are, but here in Maryland, winter has just decided to show up, and with it dry air which means dry, chapped lips.  I live on lip balm in the winter months and always have one tucked away anywhere I spend more than 10 minutes of my day. I really like a few brands, but it can get expensive and some have all kinds of chemicals in them.  I decided I needed to find an alternative so, I did some research and came up with a few recipes that I kinda merged together to make my own DIY lip balm.

I will say, the upfront cost is more than buying a tube of lip balm at your local store, but this recipe filled 7 of my little tins (10 ml) and then I have a ton of left over supplies to try out new scents and such! You can try this with any oil you love, but I am in love with this lavender and peppermint combo that my favorite yoga teacher turned me onto. This stuff is great and really moisturizes my lips, it’s smooth and smells like heaven!

What You Need:

2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles

2 tablespoons of raw Shea butter

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 small or medium Mason Jar

Small sauce pan

About 20 drops, or less of your favorite oil, I used about half lavender and half peppermint

Lip balm containers, I used small tins so I did not have to buy a filling tray

 

The How:

  1. Put an inch or two of water into a small sauce pan and begin to heat it using low heat.  (You can use a doube boiler, but I used a Mason jar and just set it in the warm water.)
  2. Combine everything except the oil into your dry, clean Mason Jar
  3. Place the jar into the pot and allow the ingredients to melt, stirring occasionally. This took about 15 minutes for me, and I kept freaking out that it was a fail, but it wasn’t so stick it out! I promise it’s worth it!
  4. Once everything is melted, mix it until it is combined and add in your oils.
  5. Work quickly to carefully pour your mixture into your containers.  Since I used little tins, I poured my mix into a measuring cup then into the tins.  It will harden quickly, so work fast.  If it hardens up too fast, you can simply remelt it, but I mean who really wants to do that?
  6. Let it harden then lather it on and bask in it’s awesomeness while you pat yourself on the back because you just made DIY lip balm #DIYdiva!

Like I said, it made 7 of my little tins, so you will have plenty.  I have placed mine in all my needed spots and then shared a few with friends. This makes a thoughtful and cost effective gift!

As with all DIY projects, you live and you learn and then you share with others so they can have a better experience.  First, I love that the tins are easy to fill, but I don’t like using them unless I have just washed my hands so tubes may be better for me.  Also, I love it, but I wish it was just a little softer in the actual container.  I THINK more coconut oil will help this.  Finally, I think I like my scent with more lavender but this is just a personal thing!

 

So, there you have it, DIY lip balm!  What flavor are you making yours?

 

Peace and Love,

 

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