Lip Balm?--more like HIP BALM!

Look good, feel good, be good!

Lip Balm is a staple in our house.  Making your own allows you to control the ingredients—and is also super fun to make.   This recipe uses no petroleum based products or chemical additives—and allows you to customize how glossy the balm is (by adding an extra teaspoon of almond oil). The girls had a blast—and they did a really nice job of perfecting the recipe—which called for precise measurements, creativity and patience!  

We’d love to see your finished products—here’s what we used to make ours:

Things you’ll need:

  • Beeswax beads
  • 4 oz. shea butter
  • 4 oz. of sweet almond oil
  • .125 fl oz. of gourmet flavor—we used peppermint from LorAnn oils.
  • 12 clear pots with caps or plastic tubes with caps—with labels
  • sharpies—for decorating those labels!
  • paper towels
  • wooden coffee stir stick
  • small saucepan, measuring spoons
  • small mason jar—to melt the ingredients

We started this activity by talking about how we would decorate the stickers on our lip balm containers.  It was great to see them express themselves!

 

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Boil 1 cup of water into a saucepan (pan sizes differ, it should look 2 inches deep) and then lower to medium heat.  Combine 3 teaspoons of beeswax, 2 teaspoons of shea butter and 3 teaspoons of almond oil into your mason jar.  Stir until with wooden coffee stick until everything has melted. Remove the jar from the water—and while the jar starts to cool (make sure you have it on a safe surface), slowly stir in the flavoring.  While the lip balm is hot, ask an adult to carefully pour the melted mixture into the pots or tubes—make sure you fill them up to the rim. 

Be patient—this is the toughest part!--you need to let the lip balm cure for 30 minutes.

Be Patient, Be Creative, Be Bully!

 

Kim Towers