Make Your Own Lip Balm

Making lip balm has been on our to do list for a while now. Last month I finally ordered some little pots, and today the kids decided it was time. We pulled out the box of essential oils, our various oils and butters, and got to work. We experimented a bit and came up with a lovely moisturizing lip balm that is easy for anyone to make.

Some tips we learned:

  • We mixed each individual lip balm in silicone muffin liners. This allowed the kids to make different flavors and allowed me to easily pour the lip balm into the little pots.
  • Disposable straws make great stir sticks for these.
  • Having your main oils pre-melted in small bowls with measuring spoons helps kids to easily measure out the ingredients on their own.
  • Use a disposable straw as a dropper in a pinch. This worked particularly well for our Vitamin E oil which does not have its own dropper.
The very versatile recipe…
Lip Balm – makes a single .25 ounce lip balm
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil
  • 3-4 small pinches of beeswax beads (substitute a couple of chocolate chips for a pinch or two of beeswax beads if you are making chocolate)
  • 3-4 drops pure Vitamin E Oil (don’t skip out on this. Not only is it good for your skin, it acts as a preservative)
  • 1-2 drops of essential oil

Melt your coconut oil and cocoa butter and place in muffin liner. Add the almond oil and beeswax beads (you may need to melt these a bit longer in the microwave). Next add the Vitamin E oil and your essential oil of choice. Mix well and carefully pour into a .25 lip balm pot. Let cool. Sticking these in the refrigerator speeds up the process.

*If you plan to make a chocolate version (might I suggest chocolate mint or chocolate orange?), substitute the beeswax beads with chocolate chips.

bath bombs…

It had been a while since I made bath bombs. I was sending some in the mail for a trade on Mothering, and thought I would play with the recipe some. Supposedly, this recipe mimics LUSH’s bath bombs. I’ve never tried LUSH’s products, but they get rave reviews. I will say our skin feel fabulous after using these in the bath, and it’s definitely much less expensive.

Bath bomb recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • scent of choice
  • food coloring
  • enough water or witch hazel to wet it as you work with it

We have an ornament mold that we use. Unlike commercial bath bombs, we only make them in half spheres. In my experience, half size is more than sufficient for a nice bath. Lightly grease the mold, firmly pack it, and gentle slide it out. Let it dry and harden for a while on a plate. Then wrap them up.

We made some of our normal bath bomb scents with essential oils, such as orange and eucalyptus/peppermint for when people are sick. Then we branched out and tried out some new fun things. Root beer, vanilla, and banana flavorings made great scents. We even tried some kool-aid, which worked for coloring and scenting the bath bombs. If you use water, they are completely edible (not that they would taste very good).

These make great stocking stuffers, gift toppers, or make several for an inexpensive gift.