During winter our lips become quite dry due to the cold, windy weather. We have gone through a lot of lip balm over the months, so I thought it would be good to try and make our own. This way, we know exactly what is going into them and the boys can learn something new at the same time.
The lip balm recipe I used was very simple to make, allowing the boys to complete most of it on their own.
What you need:
* cosmetic grade beeswax
* Vitamin E oil or capsules
* Plastic Lip Balm Containers
* Optional – flavours
* Optional – colours or you can shave a small amount off your favourite lipstick
*Microwaveable container or double boiler
* spoons for mixing and measuring
* eyedropper or pipette to pour the lip balm into the containers
Note: I purchased most of the supplies from Aussie Soap Supplies. They also have recipes on their site as well. I purchased the plastic lip balm containers from ebay. The vitamin E oil, I purchased from Chemist Warehouse.
The boys chose Blueberry, Watermelon and Vanilla for there flavours. I purchased the blueberry and watermelon colours and didn’t add any colour to the vanilla ones. They turned out white as we used white beeswax.
To Make the Lip Balm:
* Set up your lip balm containers. As we used the tubes, I pushed holes into the bottom of an egg carton and slid the empty containers into these holes to hold them in place. I placed a cloth underneath in case the boys spilled the mixture while they were filling up the containers. If you are using the round containers, you can just sit them on a cloth.
* Place 2 TBPS beeswax, 4 TBSP coconut oil and a few drops of vitamin E oil into your container.
* Melt the oils in the double boiler or in the microwave. With the microwave, we set the time for about 20-30 secs and then stirred the mixture and then continued doing this until all the oils were melted together. The beeswax will take the longest.
* This next bit needs to happen quickly before the mixture starts to set. Add a couple of drops of fragrance and a small amount of colouring until you get your desired smell and look. Remember: Some oils are stronger than others, so only add a small amount at a time. The flavours will get a bit stronger when they have set.
* Pour into your containers and allow to set. We left ours overnight to make sure they were fully solidified.
We tried using a pipette to transfer the mixture into the tubes, but it was taking too long, so we decided to just pour the mixture into the containers. The boys did spill a little at the start, but once they go used to it, they were fine.
The vitamin E can be left out, but as it acts as a preservative as well as a moisturiser, I added it in. The coconut oil also helps with moisturising, while the beeswax keeps everything together.
We then made our own labels for our lip balm and glued them on. You can download your free copy here: Lip Gloss Labels. These labels come in many colours, ready for you to write your own flavour on.
The boys had a great time helping and love the lip balm! We won’t need to buy or make any for a while now!
Have you tried making lip balm?
What flavoured lip balm is your favourite?
I love the vanilla the best, though the blueberry is rather nice too.