DIY Shea Butter + Almond Oil Lip Balm
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¼ cup oil (like sweet almond or coconut)
¼ cup butter (like Shea or Cocoa)
Enough wax to make ¾ cup total (like beeswax or soy wax)
A few drops essential oil, for flavor and smell
Step 1: Measure your oil and butter into a heatproof glass measuring cup. Microwave a minute or two until melted. (You can also melt the mixture by setting the glass measuring cup in a pan of gently boiling water – like a makeshift double boiler.)
Step 2: Add enough wax to make a total of ¾ cup. Melt this in the microwave or the makeshift double boiler. The glass measuring cup will get very hot, so be extra careful when handing.
Step 3: Take a stainless steel spoon and mix everything together. Pull the spoon out and wait a few minutes until what’s left on the spoon hardens. Test this to see if it’s hard or soft enough for your liking. Make your adjustments now (adding more oil if you want it softer, or more wax if you like it harder).
Optional Step: When the consistency is where you want it, add a few drops of an essential oil like peppermint or grapefruit. (One year for Christmas, I made lip balms in chocolate and orange. I melted some dark chocolate into it and added some orange essential oil.)
You can color your lip balm by adding a small amount of powdered herbs such as beet root powder. Stir it in well so that there are no lumps.
Step 4: Carefully pour into clean lip balm tubes or tins. You can clean and reuse old ones or buy new ones. You can purchase lip balm tubes here or small tins here.
Other Variations: You can use different oils for their individual qualities. Many have antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are good for your skin. You can do infused oil with herbs such as calendula and use that for your base oil. You can add essential oils like tea tree or lavender to make a healing ointment that’s very portable – great for use on scrapes and bug bites. You can add a few drops of cinnamon or ginger essential oils.