Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lip Balm -DIY

OK....pucker up those lips! Time to make EASY lip balms for smooth luscious lips!
I can't believe how easy these are and don't know why it's taken me this long to discover it! But here it is! Basically there are 3 main ingredients, then you add your essential oils for flavor and all natural benefits! 


1 part beeswax pellets
2 parts shea butter
2 parts coconut oil
20 drops essential oil of choice
containers to put it in...small tin type or tubes (I found mine on Amazon)

DIY Lip Balm Instructions
  1. Put about an inch of water in the bottom of a small pan and turn on medium heat.
  2. Place a small (pint size or smaller) jar in the water, being careful not to get in water inside the jar.
  3. Place all ingredients except the essential oils inside the glass jar and slowly melt, making sure not to get any water in jar. I use 2 tablespoons each of the butter(s) and coconut oil and 1 tablespoons of beeswax. This fills about 18 tubes.
  4. When all ingredients are melted, stir well and turn off heat, but leave jar in the water to keep warm.
  5. Stir in the essential oils.
  6. Use a glass dropper to quickly fill the containers. I leave the jar in the water but turn off the heat to keep the ingredients liquid while I do this.
  7. The mixture will settle slightly as it cools, so I also re-top the containers after about 2 minutes as they start to harden.
  8. Let sit without touching for several hours or until completely hardened.
  9. Store in a cool dry place (they will last for at least a year if stored correctly).
  10. Enjoy!
Note: This will make a medium firm lip balm. If you prefer a firmer and longer lasting lip balm, you can add more beeswax, up to double the recommended amount. If you prefer a smoother and more oily lip balm, you can reduce the amount of beeswax. ENJOY!!!

Here's the final product!
I made this one as a "Creamsicle" using a touch of Vanilla Oleoresin and Orange essential oil. I've seen on different websites that you shouldn't use any water based stuff because it will separate. I used this vanilla paste because there isn't much water content.(You should NOT use vanilla extract for this reason). The paste can be expensive, but I already had it on hand from a previous project....and it lasts a long time!

YUMMY! My first lip balm was a huge success!

Bug repellent spray-all natural!

                        Making an all natural bug repellent is SOOO easy and actually smalls pretty good! I really don't like the chemicals used in the over the counter sprays. I found this awesome recipe and tweaked it a bit. Spray it on generously for best results!


  • Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled or boiled Water
  • Vegetable glycerin (optional) 
  • 8 oz Spray bottle (or larger)

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray
  1. Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
  2. Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
  3. Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using
  4. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Lemongrass, Lavender, Cedar and Eucalyptus… it works great and smells good too!