Today I thought I'd show you how to make one of my most favourite things in the world... yep, that's right, lip balm! Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm a bit of a lip balm addict. I always have one to hand either in my bag or stuffed in my pocket. You can never have too many, am I right?
I've been thinking about making my own for a while now but have been busy putting it off. Having never made anything like this before I was convinced it must be harder than it looks. After doing a little research it turns out it couldn't be easier. All you need are a few natural ingredients (no nasty chemicals here) and you'll have a stack of homemade lip balms in no time. To make it even easier I've made a free 'pucker up' printable for you to download so you can decorate your tins with a cute little label and gift them to family and friends.
WILL MAKE ENOUGH TO FILL 4 10ml LIP BALM TINS.
1. Fill a saucepan with water and place over a medium heat. One boiling reduce the heat and allow to simmer.
2. Put 2 tbsp of sweet almond oil and 1 tbsp of beeswax in the heat resistant bowl. Add 1 tbsp of shea butter or 1 tbsp of cocoa butter to the bowl (I like to add a mix of both so I added 1/2 tbsp of shea butter and 1/2 tbsp of cocoa butter).
3. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan and stir gently until all the ingredients are completely melted. Wearing an oven glove carefully remove from the heat.
4. Pull out your spoon and leave a little mixture on it to harden. Test with your finger. If you'd like it to be a little softer add more almond oil or more beeswax if you'd like it to be firmer.
5. Carefully spoon the mixture into the tins and allow to harden and cool.
6. Print out your labels onto thin card or paper and stick to the lid of each tin.
The almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter have lovely sweet natural scent but if you'd like something a bit more fragrant you could try experimenting with different essential oils. Lemon for a fresh, fruity scent or lavender for a more relaxing finish.