Ever have that one person on your list you can’t think of a homemade gift for? I confess, I tend to have more trouble thinking up good gifts for the man in my life.
Well, today we have the perfect option for you. Renee (very talented lady) is sharing how to make your own homemade 3 ingredient lip balm, along with a free gift option for you! Scroll down to find it.
My friends, I present to you the one handcrafted gift you can make for everyone on your list, within two hours, at a price that’s less than a dollar a gift, and can please everyone from your 93 year old grandma to your 4 year old daughter:
Just 3 ingredients. That solves the problem of excess ingredients stored in your cupboard.
Grab an apron, print the recipe and I’ll walk you through this.
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2.25 oz coconut oil (leave off the extra .25 oz if you’re making this in very warm weather)
2 oz shea butter
2 oz beeswax
Optional: fragrance or essential oil
Makes approximately 40 regular lip balm tubes
Small crock pot or double boiler system (glass Pyrex measuring container and a pot of water)
Stir stick (I recommend a wooden skewer but a regular spoon or other utensil is fine)
Kitchen weighing scale
Medicine dropper (more than one if you plan to use more than one scent)
Tip: decide how many lip balms can be made with the amount of ounces of lip balm mixture you have. Standard lip balm tubes are .15 oz, so the above recipe makes approximately 40 standard lip balms. If you are making a variety of scented lip balm tubes, make one batch of each at a time.
Weigh your three ingredients and place all three in the Pyrex measuring container. Put the Pyrex in a pot of water and allow the water to come to boil on the stove. Make sure that no water can splash into the lip balm mixture.
While your lip balm mixture is melting, set up your work space with lip balm tubes. It’s critical that this is a clean area.
Line up your lip balm containers without allowing them to touch each other.
Stir your melted lip balm mixture with a wooden skewer for at least 60 seconds.
Turn the heat to low.
At this point, if you are adding a scent to your mix, you can drop a few drops (depending on potency of oil) into the lip balm mixture and mix well on low heat. Test your lip balm by dropping a few drops onto a piece of parchment paper or foil. Once hardened, apply to your lips to get a feel for your scent preference.
Using your medicine dropper, gently fill each lip balm container to the rim. Continue until you have filled each lip balm, reserving some mix to “top off” the tubes.
As the lip balms begin to harden, you may have a tiny hole develop in the middle of the lip balm as the mixture solidifies. Simply top off the lip balm with a drop or two more of the lip balm mixture before the lip balm completely hardens. Don’t wait too long before doing this – adding lip balm mixture to an already hardened lip balm will cause it to “break off” later.
While everything is still hot, it’s time to clean up. It’s very important that you wipe out your Pyrex of all lip balm residue before washing in the sink. If necessary, re-heat the water pot to get any residue in the Pyrex back to the melted state and then completely wipe clean with a paper towel. Now you can safely wash your Pyrex in hot, soapy water to scrub any residue to make your utensils cook-worthy again.
Give the lip balms approximately one hour to completely solidify before wiping and capping.
That. is. it.
• Don’t buy from Amazon. (Unless you know and trust the supplier, or can understand the difference between the various ingredient types, I wouldn’t try to save a dime by buying here.)
• Mountain Rose Herbs (This is where I personally purchase my ingredients if I don’t get it from Renee ~Melissa)
• MadeOn (yes, I sell the same ingredients I use… in fact, I even have it all in a DIY kit if you want to make 4 lip balms and several lotion bars)
Get a FREE Peppermint Lip Balm from Renee if you order supplies from her: Add a peppermint lip balm and then apply code MN2015 – the lip balm is then free.
• Don’t find them on Ebay (too risky)
• Lip Balm container sources Mountain Rose Herbs or other soap supplier store. Rule of thumb is that in order to sometimes save some dollars in shipping, find a supplier within your time zone. It’s usually a bit cheaper and you’ll often receive your shipment faster.
• After you’ve made your batch, fill one tube and wait an hour before testing. Do you like the feel on your lips? If so, you’re good to go. If it’s too hard, slightly increase the coconut oil. If it’s too soft, add a tad more beeswax.
• If something interrupts you mid-project, you can turn off the stove and come back to your project later by simply re-heating and melting again. Just cover and keep your work space clean and clear of debris.
• It takes some skill with filling those tubes the first time around. Don’t worry about some lip balm mixture spilling down the side of the tube. You can later go back and wipe well with a paper towel.
• Adding essential oil or fragrance oil. Here’s a post I wrote on the difference between fragrance oil and essential oil.
• You can find lip balm labels at www.onlinelabels.com
• Lip balms don’t have to come in a tube. You can use tins or small plastic containers.
• A lip balm can be a part of a larger gift basket. If you have a “spa theme”, maybe you’ll include scented candles and homemade sugar scrubs, along with a loofah and homemade massage oil.
Once you get started, the possibilities are endless. Throw a spa party. Make personalized lip balms for a local homeless shelter. Provide handcrafted skin care gift packs for a friend’s bridal shower. Sell your wares at the holiday craft bazaar.
P.S. Want a FREE gift for more homemade goodies? (yes, the answer is yes) Get a free copy of my e-book, Pioneering Today-A Homemade Christmas
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.