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With the nicer weather just around the corner, who doesn’t want to have their sun-kissed lips shine? Today I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for making your own lip balm. A lot of the recipes out there use beeswax, but this one uses soy. Years ago I used to make a lot of soy candles. Then, I had children and the candle-making stopped, however, I had a huge bag of soy pastilles left to use! This soy lip balm is wonderful for gift giving and great for those bits of favorite lipstick you may have left over in the tube!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp Shea butter
- 1 Tbsp Soy wax pastilles
- 1/2 Tsp Vitamin E oil (I got mine from Walmart in the vitamin section)
- Chunk of your favorite lipstick
- 8 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used peppermint)
- Medicine dropper
- Containers to put the lip balm in – Mine were 5 gram containers and I filled close to 20 with the recipe
Put your wax, shea butter, and coconut oil into a microwaveable safe bowl (I used something disposable) and heat for 1 minute or until the soy wax is almost completely melted. Pull the container out of the microwave, add your vitamin E oil and lipstick and heat for another 20-30 seconds or until the lipstick chunk is melted.
Why use Vitamin E? Supposedly it helps the lip balm last longer.
Just so you get an idea of what I call a “chunk” of lipstick I’ve included the photo below. This Mary Kay lipstick was always a favorite. Lately, I wear more lip gloss and balm than lipstick, so it just made sense to turn my favorite lipstick into lip balm.
If you’ve ever wondered whether or not the Kool-Aid tinted lip balm you see all over Pinterest really works, the jury is still out. I’ve tried it and it’s always turned out gritty even after I stirred and stirred. Think you can get around it by using the liquid concentrate Kool-Aid? NOPE. The Kool-Aid never completely dissolves either and floats to the top of the lip balm.
When everything is dissolved, mix in your essential oil, get out your medicine dropper and start filling the containers.
Let the lip balm cool and harden. Now remember, because you’re using coconut oil and soy this lip balm is subjective to melting if conditions get too warm. I wouldn’t suggest putting this lip balm in your purse on a trip to Disney World in the middle of July. Just keep that in mind.
When the lip balm has cooled for about an hour, dig right in and try it out. I did. I couldn’t wait. You can even see my fingerprints in the balm in the picture! Enjoy and share the love! How much fun would it be to give these cute little containers to your besties? They’ll love you for it!