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Homemade Lip Balm {Guest Post}

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I am absolutely obsessed with Burt’s Bees because I heard it was all natural.  Then I tried to read the ingredients on the back of the tube.  Maybe a little less “all natural” than I thought.  Sorry earth.  So I asked my friend Nicole from Little Blog on the Homestead if she would drop by and share with you her super simple {and for real all natural} recipe for homemade lip balm!  I’m so excited to have her here today!

This homemade lip balm makes for a great gift or just an all natural replacement for your store bought balm with tons of ingredients you can't pronounce!

Hi, Cook. Craft. Love. readers!  My favorite presents are the ones that are homemade, add in a present that makes me feel spoiled and I am in heaven. Last year I went all out making homemade spa presents for the ladies in my family and this lip balm recipe was one of my favorites! It’s got a short list of ingredients that are all chemical free and they feel super luscious. You can customize it to whatever scent you prefer, for Christmas I usually do peppermint (cause nothing else smells quite like Christmas as peppermint). But right now I am in love with the invigorating blend and decided it was the perfect scent for this year. It’s quite uplifting and  I love a little pick me up, but you can use whatever scent you like.

To make this recipe you’ll need beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and the essential oil of your choice! You will also need a double boiler (I just use a glass bowl and a saucepan of water) and something to put the lip balm in. I like to use these wedding favor tins, but you can also buy empty chapstick tubes online. The best part of this recipe is how easy it is to make!

This homemade lip balm makes for a great gift or just an all natural replacement for your store bought balm with tons of ingredients you can't pronounce!

Once you’ve gathered your supplies put them all in your double boiler and let them melt.  The beeswax will melt faster if you chop it up. This recipe can be as big or as small as you wish, just keep the ratios the same: each ingredient in equal amounts. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try and get it as close as possible. Higher ratios of beeswax will make the lip balm harder. 

Once everything is fully melted take it off the heat, let the melted mixture cool slightly, and then add your essential oils. I used an invigorating blend for this recipe but you can use anything you like, peppermint, orange or even lavender. Letting the mixture cool slightly keeps the essential oils more potent.  Next step is to put the whole mixture into the tins or chapstick tubes. I used the tins because I happened to have a bunch of them on hand. Use whichever you prefer.

This homemade lip balm makes for a great gift or just an all natural replacement for your store bought balm with tons of ingredients you can't pronounce!

 This present is great for your friends and neighbors, a perfect stocking stuffer, and great for sharing with your co-workers. Whoever gets it will be super impressed and have no idea how easy this homemade lip balm recipe is to make 😉 enjoy! 

Nicole blogs over at Little Blog on the Homestead, sharing with readers her attempts to create a more self-sufficient and sustainable lifestyle. When she isn’t writing about homesteading, you’ll find posts on the zombie apocalypse (more commonly known as emergency preparedness), her homestead wedding, real food recipes, and every day life living on a suburban homestead. Follow along for yourself at www.littleblogonthehomestead.com.

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