Homesteading Win: DIY Lip Balm
When Sean started using the adjective “homesteader” to describe what we want to be someday, it made me feel nervous. Who are we to call ourselves homesteaders compared to people who have bees and chickens and trap their own meat and maintain entire farms supporting their family with veggies and all of life’s growable things? We’re just a pair of fresh, materialistic converts living in a used yurt and driving vegetable oil powered cars and — yeah. Ok. Nevermind.
But seriously, homesteading in the traditional, full-blown sense seems far away—so, I’m taking baby steps. My herb garden (with three herbs in it!) has taken a beating with all the recent frosts we’ve had, so in lieu of tending to that, I decided to tackle one of my HUNDREDS of Pinterest crafts. Seriously — how many times do we pin something and caption it, “Great idea. Why didn’t I think of that?” and then never actually make it? In my case, hundreds. So last week, I attempted to make the one, small thing that I use a ton of, and can never seem to have enough of.
DIY Lip balm.
And can I just tell you? I had a homesteading win — so much so, I’d like to share the DIY Lip Balm recipe I used here. Before you know it, we will be trapping our own meat for dinner and tending to the chickens daily.
- 1 ounce beeswax (around 3 tablespoons)
- 1 ounce coconut oil (around 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 ounce Shea butter (around 1 tablespoon)
- 1/2 ounce cocoa butter (around 1 tablespoon)
- 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- Large skillet/saucepan with water
- Glass jar
- Lip balm containers
- Set out your containers so they're ready when you need them.
- Heat the skillet of water.
- While it's heating, add all ingredients except the essential oils and the makeup.
- Once everything is totally melted, remove from heat and let sit for 3 minutes.
- Add Essential Oils and stir. (Suggested combo shown above... feel free to mix and match your own!)
- Pour into containers.
- Let harden (this part happens really fast!) and voila!
- I suggest cleaning out current lip balm containers in your house and using those. They're super easy to clean and fill! Also, containers like old hotel shampoo jars, cleaned out food jars, and small canning jars do the trick, too. The dōTERRA Blog suggests using a popsicle stick to stir for easy clean-up, and if you want tinted balm, reserve some of the melted mixture and add a pinch of colored mineral makeup till you have the desired color. Actual color of the hardened balm will be slightly lighter than the liquid version.