An Easy 5-Minute DIY “Chapstick” You’ll Love When Dryness Strikes
I don’t know if you’ve read lip balm labels recently, but when my husband was trying to find one, he could only find ones with obscenely long words that included numbers and several syllables.
Even the brand “Chapstick” has 16 ingredients in their cherry flavor stick, including “fragrance”. (If you haven’t heard about the dangers of fragrance, check this out.) I don’t know about you, but 16 ingredients for the purpose of moisturizing my lips is about 10 too many for me.
FUN FACT: Chapstick is actually a brand of lip balm, but we use the term “chapstick” for any lip balm. Other brands we do this with are “Jacuzzi” to describe hot tubs and “Kleenex” for the general term tissue.
The wonderful news is that you can make your own kind of organic DIY Chapstick in less than five minutes and for pennies, compared to upwards of $4 for one tube!
Makes 12 lip balm tubes
- 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
- 2 tbsp organic shea butter or organic cocoa butter
- 2 tbsp beeswax
- 3-5 drops essential oil(s) of your choice (possible choices are peppermint, vanilla, orange, tea tree, lavender)
- Lip balm tubes
- Melt the coconut oil, shea or cocoa butter, and beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Once completely melted, add the essential oil and stir to combine.
- Pour into lip balm containers. (I used an eye dropper and have had the most difficult time cleaning it out; I may just throw it away to be honest. I would suggest a small funnel that can be cleaned with a small bottle brush.)
- Leave the containers to harden, and you can use it immediately.
REASONS FOR THE INGREDIENTS
- Coconut Oil: is a natural moisturizer and is edible
- Shea Butter: is a natural moisturizer and anti-inflammatory
- Cocoa Butter: is full of antioxidants, soothes skin, and heals chapped lips
- Beeswax: is a moisturizer and natural protectant
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