For Christmas 2013, in an attempt to be thrifty I decided to craft many of my Christmas gifts to share some of my favorite things.   I began with a mason jar, decorating it with raffia and burlap ribbon (huge time commitment for a perfectionist like me!), added mala beads for meditation, then made my own soaps, each with therapeutic benefits for the person with hand-picked essential oils going into them, a brown sugar scrub or shaving soap, and lip balm.     These gifts were a hit, but boy did I get in over my head!   I made almost 30 of these gift jars, all with high-quality, home-made products inside.   I really did put a lot of love into them.


lip1I am a lip balm snob and a lip-balm junkie!   There are very few things in life that I actually need  to be okay, and lip balm is one.   There is nothing worse to me than having lips that are so dry that they feel like they will crack and bleed if I so much as speak.   I was a little nervous making the lip balm since it is something I had never done before and usually if I don’t know for certain what I am doing. I am apprehensive by nature, but it turned out awesome!   So awesome that people still offer to buy it from me.   One friend went on and on about how well it helped to promote healthy skin around her lips.

Here is how you can make your own super fabulous natural lip balm:

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 4 Tbsp Beeswax (make sure to use the pellets, the blocks are a BIG hassel!)
  • 1/2 Tsp Peppermint Essential Oils
  • 24-30 Empty Tubes or Mini-canisters (got the tubes online and the canisters from the beading department of a craft store)

Directions:

  • Melt the Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, and Beeswax in a double boiler (or if you are thrifty like me, a pot full of water with a glass bowl containing the mixture partially submerged in it)
  • Once the mixture is completely melted, gently stir in the Peppermint Essential Oil
  • CAREFULLY drizzle the mixture into the tubes or canisters using a small measuring cup or beaker.   If you try to pour it from the glass bowl it will solidify and make a mess.
  • Let sit until full cooled
  • Enjoy

 

How do you feel about your lip balm? Are you a snob like me or completely indifferent?

P.S. If you try this recipe, please share your experience 🙂

 

2 Comments

  1. Shirley

    Where do you get cocoa butter and beeswax?

  2. naturallyashlie

    The link where it says “beeswax” will take you to one that I use (and you can also get cocoa butter there too). Otherwise some Whole Foods and health food stores carry beeswax in the bulk section… just don’t get the brick, that takes forever to melt! If you get cocoa butter from a health food store, make sure it is plain cocoa butter and not a body butter type. It should be solid.

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