I’ve got another easy DIY Christmas gift for you today…Lip Balm. This is another gift that is suitable for anyone on your list, even children. All the ingredients are easy to find on Amazon and some can even be picked up at your local grocery store. These lip balms are also much safer to use than store-bought lip balm, since all ingredients are edible. (They won’t taste good, but they aren’t harmful if you do ingest some!) The hardest part of making the lip balm is pouring the mixture into the little tubes!
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To make lip balm you will need:
- coconut oil-I use refined unless I am making coconut lime lip balm
- beeswax pellets
- shea butter or cocoa butter, (I usually use shea butter unless I’m making chocolate peppermint lip balm.)
- grapeseed oil or sunflower oil (These links are just to show examples. You can usually find these oils cheaper at your local store.)
- essential oils, optional
- a saucepan to hold water
- a pyrex measuring cup to melt the oils in
- a spoon to stir
- lip balm tubes, you will need at least 8
HOW TO MAKE LIP BALM
Measure 1 Tablespoon beeswax, 1 Tablespoon shea or cocoa butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil, and 1 1/2 teaspooons grapeseed or sunflower oil into a pyrex measuring cup. Add about 2″ water to a saucepan and place the pyrex container in the saucepan. Be sure that the water will not splash into the pyrex container. Set this make-shift double boiler over medium heat. As the mixture melts, stir occasionally.
While it is melting, check each lip balm tube to be sure the inside mechanism is rolled down as far as possible. You want to be sure to get the maximum amount of liquid in each tube. I also like to rubber band the tubes together. It makes them more stable and easier to pour into. This mixture should fill at least 8 tubes.
When all the ingredients are almost melted, remove from the heat and continue to stir to melt the remaining beeswax pellets. Then add your essential oils and stir one last time. I use about 15 drops of my chosen essential oil. (I do not recommend using lemon or lime or grapefruit essential oils in lip balm unless they are steam-distilled. These 3 essential oils can be phototoxic. For more information on phototoxicity and a list of other essential oils to avoid, check out this article from AromaWeb.)
Pouring the lip balm
Carefully pour the mixture into your tubes. If you spill some down the side (I always do!), let it harden. Once firm, it can easily be scraped off and then wiped clean with a paper towel.
To get beautiful rounded tops on your lip balm, you will need to pour the lip balm in the tubes and allow it to cool a bit. It will shrink some as it cools. (See pictures above.) Then, pour a little more into the tubes. You may need to heat it back up a little first. On the second pour, you should be able to get a little more lip balm in each tube than you think will fit. It will mound up over the rim, but will stay in the tube if you don’t pour too much. This is the trickiest part. If you don’t end up with the rounded tops, don’t worry. A flat top is still perfectly acceptable on a tube of lip balm. Most of the ones you buy in the store are flat.
HOW TO LABEL
To make the labels, I use the Avery software and purchase Avery labels #6570. They don’t go completely around the lip balm tube, but they work well and aren’t ridiculously expensive. I love the Avery software because they have templates for almost all of their labels. The software is totally free to download and use and they have lots of graphics and fonts to choose from.
HOW TO GIFT IT
If you purchased the ingredients to make the lotion bars, you will only need to buy one additional ingredient to make lip balm and it may already be in your pantry! Since you don’t need much of each ingredient to make a lot of lip balms, this is a very frugal gift. The most expensive part will be the tubes. You could mix up several different varieties to give as a set. You can also make the lip balm in the same scent as the the lotion bars, for a coordinating gift.
This lip balm would make a fabulous gift in a basket with a bar of soap and a lotion bar or a candle. This would be the perfect gift for teens, teachers, friends, and even the men on your list. This lip balm uses the same ingredients as the lotion bars with the additional ingredient of a liquid oil (grapeseed or sunflower) so by purchasing the ingredients once, you can make several different gifts. You will also want to keep a few for yourself as well, so be sure to make extras. This recipe is easily doubled or even tripled.
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