(EDIT: Sorry to say, I have since tried this recipe again and can no longer recommend it. I’m not sure what went wrong, but this is one of my early tutorial attempts and should have been tested multiple times before posting.)
If you were to ask me, “What’s one item you always carry with you?” I’d say lip balm. You see, I can’t stand for my lips to be dry. Not even the least bit. I’m always reaching in my pocket for my little tube of moisture, but some days it comes up missing.
The problem is, the stuff I like to use costs about $3. I know that’s not a lot, but I go through it pretty quickly and occasionally I will lose an entire tube of it – usually right after I bought it, too. And who likes to lose $3? Not me!
I just knew there had to be a cheap, simple way to make my own with ingredients I already had. So today, I decided to make my own lip balm for the very first time. And guess what? I was right – this stuff costs pennies and it works great! Let me show you how.
First, you’ll want to gather the following items:
Next, you’ll want to melt the beeswax and coconut oil. I put them in a small glass measuring cup which I set inside a pan of water on the stove. Once the mixture is completely melted, remove it from the heat and add your vitamin E oil and a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil. Stir together and immediately pour into your container or empty lip balm tubes.
And that’s really all there is to it. It only takes a few minutes for your lip balm to cool and solidify. I do have a few tips for you, though. If you don’t want to buy empty lip balm tubes, you can use your old ones. That’s what I did. I just emptied them out the best I could and then boiled them for a couple of minutes in hot water and wiped them clean. If you want more in depth instructions, Crunchy Betty has a great article on how to do this.
Also, please don’t be like me and buy a huge chunk of beeswax from Hobby Lobby. It’s more trouble than it’s worth – trust me on this. After I finish using mine (however long that takes!), I plan to buy some beeswax pellets from Amazon.
One last thing: While this recipe is pretty simple and easy, you would save more time by making a larger batch – say double or triple the recipe – so you only have to make it every few months. This also cuts down on cleaning up time afterwards. By the way, beeswax and oil can be a little bit of a pain to remove, but it’s much easier if you clean them the same way you would the old lip balm tubes.
Okay, that’s it. Go forth and be moisturized with your thrifty lip balm!
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