Homemade Gift: Lip Balms and Lip Gloss

rachel iphone 203We like to make homemade gifts; especially things that can be made (at least in part) by the kids for the people in their lives.  This year for teacher gifts, grandparents, and their closest friends we made homemade lip balms and lip glosses.  In total I think we made about 28 of these little gifts!

It turns out that it is unbelievably easy to make homemade organic lip balms and glosses exactly to fit your preferences.  We will never again need to buy any again… in fact we don’t really need to make any more either since we basically have little pots of the stuff all over the house now!

Basic ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Coconut oil
  • Vitamin E, sweet almond or jojoba oil
  • Essential oils
  • Pink mica

We were able to get all of our basic ingredients from our local coop.  We ordered the pink mica online.  The basic tools were things we had in the house.

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Tools:

  • Grater or rasp
  • Measuring spoons
  • Microwavable dish (we used our measuring cup)
  • Stirrer (we used a chopstick)
  • Containers for the lip balm (they should hold about .25-.33 oz; we bought ours online)

For our first batch we used a general recipe that was something of a summary from a handful of other recipes.  It was pretty much ½ coconut oil, ½ beeswax.  We found that to make a very glossy lip gloss but to be far to gooey for our preferences.

After several rounds of experimentation, here’s what we’ve come up with for our perfect lip balm and gloss.  There’s much more experimenting to do though.  Any suggestions?

Winter Orange Lip Balm

  • Add several drops of sweet almond oil to the measuring cup.
  • Add 4 teaspoons shredded beeswax, firmly packed into the spoon.
  • Add 3 teaspoons coconut oil.

Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stir thoroughly until melted.  In our microwave this took about 2 minutes.

Once the base is fully melted add the essential oils:

  • 20 drops mandarin orange oil
  • 5 drops clove bud oil
  • 5 drops rosemary oil
  • 5 drop bergamot oil

Carefully pour the liquid into the containers.  Allow to air dry for a moment and then gently secure the lids.  Makes 3 full pots of lip balm (using .25-.33 size containers).

(Note: 1 teaspoon equals .17 fluid oz.  So for one lip balm in a .25 oz container you want about 2 teaspoons of lip balm.   This recipe is for 3 lip balms but you can reduce or increase accordingly.)

Shimmer Rose Lip Gloss – this recipe uses more oil and less beeswax to make gloss instead of balm.

  • Add several drops of sweet almond oil to the measuring cup.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon shredded beeswax, firmly packed into the spoon.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon coconut oil.

Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stir thoroughly until melted.  In our microwave this took about 2 minutes.

Once the base is fully melted add the essential oils:

  • 20 drops rose oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drop bergamot oil

Stir in pink rose mica to create a pink shimmery color.  ½  teaspoon will create a subtle color on the lips.

Carefully pour the liquid into the containers.  Allow to air dry for a moment and then gently secure the lids.  Makes 3 full pots of lip balm (using .25-.33 size containers).

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