How to make your own chapstickOffbeat

Throw away all your cosmetics and make your own products! Last night I made my own body butter and chapstick with my younger sister and her friend. In our excitement and attempt not to have the oils solidify, we didn’t take many photos. Next time when I make ointment and macerated oil, I will do my best to take more photos.
Cocoa Butter Lip Balm Sticks
 
Base instructions were obtained from A Green Guide to Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert . We made variations based on the flavors we wanted.

 

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

 Ingredients
15g beeswax
10g cocoa butter
5 teaspoons jojoba oil
(optional 10 drops spearmint essential oil or flavoring of choice
We made three different types: one with 5 drops lemon and 5 drops lime, one with 10 drops spearmint, and another with 10 drops vanilla.
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Equipment
Double boiler (or make your own with two pots)
Metal spoon
Measuring spoons
Digital Scale
Shallow dish with ice cold water
Twist up lip balm tubes
Small glass jug
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Step 1:
Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter in the double boiler.
Step 2:
Add jojoba oil and stir until everything is liquid.
Step 3:
Stand the empty lip balm tubes in the ice cold water (this part was tricky and by the end we skipped it because the tubes kept falling  in the water and water is not favorable for this type of product)
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Step 4:
Pour the mixture into a glass jug and stir in the essential oil (make sure to do this quickly because it will start solidifying. We ended up pouring the oil into the jug, then putting the jug on the double boiler to keep it warm)
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Step 5:
Pour the mixture into the tubes and let sit in the ice cold water.
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Step 6:
Leave to set for about 10 minutes, then place lids on and put in the refrigerator to harden completely.
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Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

Step 7:
Use on your lips and enjoy the moisture from an all natural product.
I got my equipment and ingredients from various places:
Mountain Rose Herbs
Harlem Fragrance Store
Container and Packaging
Walmart
Later on this week, I will share the process for the mango body butter!
Do you make your own cosmetics?

 

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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