LIP BALM DIY’S
DIY PUMPKIN PIE LIP BALM: Now that it’s November, Thanksgiving is coming up . . . which means we can still enjoy all things pumpkin! Try out this pumpkin pie lip balm that you can make yourself! It makes approximately 8 tubes of lip balm. What you’ll need: 6 tablespoons coconut oil, 3 tablespoons grated beeswax, 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice, 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract. Place the coconut oil and beeswax into your measuring cup. Put it in a pot of water and bring to a simmer. Then stir it and let the wax and coconut oil melt. After it’s melted, add the pumpkin puree. Mix it in vigorously with a whisk or fork. Next, mix in the vanilla extract and spices. Let it sit for a few minutes before giving a gentle stir. Lastly, grab the measuring cup with a potholder and pour into the tubes. Make sure you don’t overfill them, but do try to fill it to the top. Let it set before moving the tubes. Cap once cooled, and enjoy!
DIY PEPPERMINT COCOA LIP BALM: What you’ll need: coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, and Vitamin E. (You can also add a little bit of peppermint essential oil!) Use a double boiler or small saucepan (place a glass bowl over the saucepan). Fill the saucepan with water. Make sure the steam doesn’t easily escape from under the bowl. On low heat, melt the ingredients starting with beeswax and then the coconut oil. Coco butter will scorch if exposed to too much heat, so melt it last just to be safe. Cut open two capsules of Vitamin E and squeeze into your mixture. Put in approximately 20 or so drops of peppermint essential oil. When everything is melted, turn off the heat and pour beeswax into a container. You can use 1oz glass tubes. Pour the balm mixture into each container and let cool to room temperature. Then you’re done and you’ve made yummy peppermint cocoa lip balm!
DIY CHAI SPICE LIP BLAM: Another great flavor to try with Thanksgiving coming up is chai spice. What you’ll need: 4 tablespoons castor oil, 4 teaspoons beeswax pellets, 1 teaspoon carnauba wax, 8 drops cinnamon essential oil, 8 drops vanilla absolute essential oil, 4 drops clove essential oil, 2 drops ginger essential oil, and ¼ teaspoon cocoa powder (optional). First, melt the oil and waxes in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add the essential oil. The cocoa powder adds a little color to the balm if added with the essential oils. Stir and pour the balm mixture into tubes. The cocoa will settle quickly, so leave untouched and let it set. Now you have your very own chai spice lip balm!