For like five years now, I have been experimenting with creating my own beauty products from all-natural ingredients. I’ve gone through failures and successes, and now I have recipes that are my go-tos: I love them and use them all the time! The best part is feeling really accomplished and wholesome(?) and knowing that I didn’t have to rely on BIG BRANDS to get a glow-y glow. I’ll show you how, too!
Here’s a li’l somethin’ that I like to whip up for the love of my lips. Fun fact: I’M USING IT AS I TYPE THIS RN!
What you’ll need
- One and a half teaspoons of grapeseed oil
- One and a half teaspoons of beeswax
- One and a half teaspoons of avocado butter
- One and a half teaspoons of macadamia butter
- Three-quarters of a teaspoon of honey
- An empty, clean lip-balm tube or another tiny, clean container with a lid
- A pipette or an eye-dropper
- Optional: Essential oils! I used 10 drops of lemon oil and 15 drops of vanilla essential oil for this. Some essential oils can irritate skin, so make sure the oil you pick, if you decide to use one, is safe to put on your bod.
How to do it:
Measure out your grapeseed oil and beeswax into a small, microwave-safe dish. Heat your oil and beeswax mixture for 30 seconds, then check to see how much it has melted. Does it look like the bottom pic? If not, you will need to heat it for 15 to 30 more seconds. YOU ARE GONNA NEED AN OVEN MITT TO TAKE THIS OUT OF THE MICROWAVE ’CAUSE IT’LL BE REAL HOT!
Quickly measure out your avocado butter and macadamia butter, and add them to the hot mixture you just took out of the microwave. Stir the butters in until they melt completely. If the mix begins to thicken, just put it in the microwave for 15 to 30 more seconds until it becomes liquid-y again.
Sit tight for a couple minutes and wait for the mixture to begin to coagulate. You’ll know when that’s happening when the edges of the liquid begin to thicken like so:
Measure out your honey and drop it in the mixture. Stir it in quickly, until it is one with the liquid. This is where you can also add essential oils for a nice scent.
Go time! Once the mix is completely blended, use a clean pipette or eye dropper to fill your lip-balm tube or other container such as an empty, cleaned mint tin, like an Altoids tin. (When filling a container or tin, which tend to have wider mouths than lip-balm tubes, you can usually use a spoon to fill it instead of a pipette or an eyedropper.)
WHOOPEE! You’ve just created your very own glorious lip balm! Do you feel proud? You should!