DIY Chapstick / Lip Balm

DIY Chapstick / Lip Balm

Raise your hand if you LOVE your chapstick?

Guilty.

I’ve been using commercial chapstick for over 20 years and do you have any idea what’s in that stuff? I didn’t pay attention for a long time, and I’m sorry that I didn’t.

I like Chapstick Classic Original, which contains the following active ingredients:

Padimate O 1.5% (Sunscreens)
White petrolatum 44% (Skin protectant)

And the following inactive ingredients:

arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, white wax

No. Thank. You.

It’s so easy to make your own.

First I picked up these empty lip balm containers, but you can use old empty ones if you have them.

This is what you’ll need:

Notes:

To fill 12 tubes, I used 1/2 tablespoon beeswax, 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon shea butter.

organic-diy-chapstick

Directions:

  • Fill a small pot with water – about 1/4 of the way
  • Place a small jar or other heat-safe container inside of the pot of water. You need it to be tall enough to stand above the water in the pot, because if any water gets into the ingredients, the chapstick will not set properly.
  • Put all ingredients, except for the essential oils in the glass jar and melt.
  • After the ingredients melt, turn off the heat and leave the jar in the pot so it stays warm and liquefied.
  • Add in the essential oils. I think less is more.
  • Using a dropper, or small oral syringe, add the mixture to your tubes.
  • Let the tubes sit for several hours before using.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year.
DIY Organic Moisturizer

DIY Organic Moisturizer

There was a time when I would just grab anything off the shelf and use it. That time is gone.

Now it’s all about reading labels and buying organic, when possible And if I can’t find something with 5 ingredients or less, I try to make my own.

And that’s how this started.

diy-organic-moisturizer-with-coconut-oil

It’s super easy and you will be asking yourself why you didn’t do it sooner.

Ingredients

Direction

  • Add ingredients to saucepan and turn heat on medium
  • Melt ingredients together and mix using a whisk
  • Pour melted mixture into desired molds
  • Let sit until firm (about 2 hours)
  • Remove from molds and use right away (store remaining in air-tight container)

easy-at-home-moisturizer

How easy is that?

I didn’t want to buy tin molds, so I used a cupcake pan with liners (though the liners get soaked through, but the crinkles will stay).

I use this on my hands, face and elbows. It’s so smooth and soaks in nicely.

My main tip is to keep it away from your dogs. Because they will LOVE to eat it and while it’s perfectly fine for them, it’s less moisturizer for you!