Homemade lip balm recipe
I don’t always know what to post, but this time, I have a lovely recipe I modified a bit from something I found on Pinterest.
I’ll post a few different options with time and let you know my results.
From my previous day job, I found many people have allergies to lip balms. I am one of those people too, so I am comfortable to try to find the best solution for me. I always love to wear red lipstick, but I get a scratchy throat nearly every time I try anything new. There is only one type of product that works for me, and that’s Clinique’s long last lipstick. I liked them, but I do lose my lipsticks and at $22 a pop Canadian, it’s not always affordable. Some people can’t have Clinique either so, here’s one alternative.
This lipstick is:
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 Crayola crayon
*1/4 tsp of mint extract (from the bakery aisle)
1. Clean out a lip balm container by placing the empty vessel in boiling water. If possible, take each bit out of the tube to make sure it’s as neat as can be. Take the plastic bits out before the water cools and wash each piece with dish soap, then running hot water until there are no soap traces.
2. Microwave the ingredients above in a heat safe dish for about 30 seconds, stirring the content to ensure it’s all melted.
3. Grab a funnel directly above the lip balm container. Pour the content fairly quickly and keep an eye on the material to ensure it doesn’t go overboard. The recipe above works well for my tubes, but not all cylinders are the same.
4. Let cool. It doesn’t take very long, about 20 seconds. I placed the containers in the fridge for about 10 minutes to ensure it was stable before trying.
Crayola crayons are non-toxic and made for children in case they accidentally eat it.
Unfortunately for me, wax doesn’t seem to be the best for me. I’ve heard shea butter can be a substitute for wax but then how to get colour? I’ll try a few other options in a few weeks.
Feel free to give it a try!
*Some may want to reduce the amount of mint or take it out. That one is an optional ingredient.
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Sylvie is a graphic designer and illustrator in Dieppe, New Brunswick.