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It’s no secret that I loathe winter.
I truly hate everything about it. The extreme cold, lack of sunlight, and the way the snow turns into brown slush the minute it stops falling from the sky.
Aside from the enchanting first snowfall of the year – I am 100% certain that I could live happily if I never had to scrape ice off my windshield again. (If only I could be so lucky..)
Even more irritating than winter weather is how dry everything gets.
After more than a month of dry eyes and scratchy throats – we finally invested in a humidifier. (I actually had to get up and refill said humidifier for the third time in the last 24 hours, while writing this. Not impressed.)
While this machine is restoring some of the moisture that our forced air heating system takes away, I’ve only noticed a marginal difference in my discomfort.
The most common, and unwavering symptom of winter for me, is chapped lips.
From November until whenever the spring season finally manifests itself (in CT, this usually happens around June)… I constantly carry at least 2 different containers of lip balm on my person at all times.
Because, what could be worse than searing pain coming from your lips, with no way to stop it?
In times of extreme dryness, my favorite fix is to not only cover my lips, but at least 1/2 inch of skin around my lips (and sometimes all the way up to my nose!) with chapstick.
I know. I know, this looks absolutely ridiculous, but in my mind – this seems perfectly logical and feels great.
Lucky for me, I have no shits left to give about what I look like, as long as I feel good.
I’ll Cut to the Chase..
I, like many basic bitches before me, LOVE Burt’s Bees. However, since I’m a chronic mis-placer of all things important – I just can’t keep track of those tiny tubes for more than a couple days at a time.
Frequent investments in more chapstick to fuel my addiction, paired with a “can do” attitude sparked an idea. I should start making my own DIY lip balm!
So I did!
And since the contiguous United States is pretty much a frozen tundra right now, and millions of people are plagued by chapped lips – I’m going to share with you how I did it. Then you, too, can enjoy a small victory during this long, cold winter.
Here’s What You’ll Need for DIY Lip Balm
This DIY lip balm recipe is super easy and will make 4 – 1 Oz/30 ML containers. It can easily be adjusted for smaller or larger batches, or for different containers.
Best of all, these ingredients can be purchased on Amazon, so you don’t even need to brave the elements to get this DIY project started before the end of the week!
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2 Tablespoons of Pure Shea Butter
4 Tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil
2 Tablespoons of Beeswax Pellets
Lip Balm Containers (I chose the 1 Oz/30 ML, round containers because they seemed easy to keep track of, and would make good Christmas gifts for my friends and family. However, Amazon caries a wide variety of lip balm containers if you prefer something else. Other great options are tubes, slide top containers and plastic screw top containers.)
DIY Lip Balm Instructions
After you’re done stalking the mail man for your package, the most laborious part of this process is over.
Follow the next instructions, and you will be the proud owner of 4 moisturizing containers of DIY lip balm!
1. Fill a small pot with water (about half way – or as much as needed for the double boiler to sit in the water without overflowing it). Bring the water to a boil.
2. Add 2 tablespoons each of Shea butter and beeswax pellets, and 4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil to the double boiler.
3. Place double boiler over the simmering pot, and allow Shea butter, beeswax and almond oil to fully melt together. Stir occasionally if needed to get a smooth liquid consistency.
4. Once the ingredients are liquified, remove the double boiler from the pot, and add essential oils. I use about 40-50 drops of peppermint essential oil, and 15-20 drops of tea tree oil for mine, but you may add as much, or as little as you want!
I prefer my scent on the strong side, but quickly lose interest in counting out the drops of oil – so I now gauge the scent with my nose instead of the dropper.
5. Once you are satisfied with the scent, it’s time to fill the containers. (The mix will start to solidify relatively fast, so this step should be done as quickly as possible.)
If your double boiler has a pouring spout like mine, carefully pour the mix into the 4 containers as evenly as possible.
If your double boiler doesn’t have a spout, it may be easier to pour the mix into a container with a spout, such as a measuring cup, before pouring into the containers. (Learn from my mistake, and pick up a new measuring cup at the dollar store for this part – unless you want everything you measure after that to taste like peppermint. Whoops!)
6. After the containers filled, wait a few hours until they completely solidify – then treat your lips to a much needed oasis in this cold dry winter!
I hope you enjoyed this little DIY project as much as I did! If you decide to try this, let me know how your product turned out in the comments!
Stay warm my friends!