I'm not sure about you, but if you're anything like me, you are always trying to remember where you put your lip balm. Whether it's Chapstick, Blistex, or Labello - your lip balm seems to always be missing. And on top of that, lip balm isn't exactly inexpensive - so every time you have to replace your previously lost tube, you're shelling out money for another one. So, what if, instead of buying lip balm after lip balm, you just made your own? I took some "pinspiration" from here and here, and created my own lip balm. For less than $10, I made 7 containers of lip balm that I can carry with me everywhere.
In order to make these, I needed shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. I already had both the shea butter (Whole Foods) and coconut oil (Trader Joe's), but both can be easily ordered online at Amazon for about $5 each. I also purchased the beeswax from Amazon and for $2.49, I got 5 1-oz. bars. That's enough to make this lip balm 4 MORE TIMES. I couldn't believe how inexpensive it was!
Then, I created a pseudo double boiler in order to melt my ingredients together.
After allowing the water to come to a boil, then reducing it to a simmer, I added 1 oz. beeswax ...
... then 3 tbsp. shea butter ... (Note: This stuff is messy. Have extra soap ready for clean up.)
... and finally, I added 2 tbsp. coconut oil and let them all melt together.
While I let the ingredients melt, I prepared the containers I purchased on Amazon for only $4.06.
I quickly realized that my beeswax was taking a little while to melt and I removed the bar and chopped it into smaller pieces and then placed it back into my double boiler to continue to melt. You'll notice that everything else melted rather quickly.
Finally, to add just a hint of color to my lip balm, I grabbed an old lipstick, cut it in half, and tossed it into the melting mix. I was afraid to go darker than this color, but the color really doesn't make a huge difference and next time, I think I'll go darker.
Once everything was melted, I turned off my makeshift double boiler and slowly poured the lip balm into each of the seven containers I set out on my counter. I used a spouted measuring cup and was pouring into a widemouth container - but if you have a smaller container or are using something without a spout, you could easily use an eye dropper to get the balm into your containers.
I let this sit for about 30 minutes, before placing the containers into the fridge overnight.
I now have these little containers everywhere I need them - my desk at work, my purse, sitting on my nightstand, stashed in the tray on our coffee table - and since this made 7 containers full, I have a few left for when I start to run out. Which probably won't be for a long, long time. If you'd prefer something that has a scent to it, you can definitely add an essential oil - like peppermint - into the mix. These are great to make for yourself and would also work well as gifts! You could easily add labels to the tops (or bottoms) of each container too!
I absolutely love this lip balm - it's organic, feels smooth and, best of all, keeps my lips from being chapped. I hope that you all have a beautiful Tuesday and that you're enjoying your week! Here's to healthy lips!
PS. I'm linking up to link parties at House of Grace, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Homework, Sugar Bee Crafts and Project Queen!
And, PPS. I'm also linking up to parties at DIY by Design, Creations by Kara, Clean and Scentsible, Handy Man Crafty Woman, Seven Thirty Three, and The Thrifty Home!