Here at The College Juice, we were really in the mood for a good DIY project. We wanted something super simple, but also something worthwhile. After some brainstorming, we came up with – you guessed it – DIY lip balm!
What’s great about making a DIY lip balm as opposed to buying it in stores is that you get only the best ingredients. Many store-bought lip balms contain ingredients like alcohol, which can actually cause dryness. Isn’t that the opposite of what a lip balm is supposed to do?
We also love this DIY because you can make it right in your dorm! While many DIY lip balm recipes call for a stove and a double boiler, this one requires only a microwave and a measuring cup.
- Beeswax (available at most craft stores in the candle aisle)
- Coconut Oil
- Shea Butter
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Small containers to fill with the lip balm or an empty chap stick container
- Start out with the beeswax. The amount will depend on how much you want to make. We used 4 tablespoons and were able to fill 8 small tins.
- For measuring purposes, we shredded the beeswax with a grater.
- Next up is the coconut oil, which can be found at most health food or vitamin stores. The amount should be equal to the amount of beeswax – so, we used 4 tablespoons.
- Shea butter is optional, but we used it because it’s great at moisturizing. This can be found in the same stores you would find the coconut oil. You’ll want to use the same amount as the coconut oil and beeswax. (once again, 4 tablespoons)
- Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. We used a measuring cup, since the spout makes it easy to pour.
- Microwave for about a minute, or until all the ingredients become liquid.
- Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. We found ours at a local craft store in the candle section. Make sure you stir it in, or microwave the mixture for an additional 10 seconds to diffuse the scent.
- Pour into your container(s).
- Allow to cool in the refrigerator until the liquid solidifies.
When you’re done, your lip balm should look something like this!
How’s that for a simple DIY? These are great to give out as gifts, or just to enjoy for yourself! Do you plan on trying this? We want to know – shoot us a tweet or comment below.