Today on the blog we have a little how-to action, something I rarely discuss because I am more of a “I will buy it from you if you make it, but I don’t want to actually make it” person. The difference is Becca makes it all so accessible! And I’ve heard whispers …. that Becca MAY be opening an Etsy store sometime soon. And if that happens you know her goodies are going to make their way on this blog again because they are too awesome and too holistic not to. Thank you for taking the time to post here Becca!
Hi Guys! I’m super honored to be here with you today so Lauren can enjoy her maternity leave. I have a blog called The Dabblist, where I am embracing the fact that I am a multi-passionate creature and that ain’t a bad thing. I am reclaiming the meaning of the word “dabbler” by publicly declaring my pride for being curious about a lot of different things. Ultimately, I want to take part in creating a happier, healthier world. And that means getting my hands a little dirty.
So, here’s a scenario. You decide to go on Pinterest one day. You see a really cool DIY craft project. You think, “hmm, maybe I can do that.” You go as far as repining it into your new DIY board. What happens next? You probably pin 10 more decorating ideas for your future Dream Home and call it a day. That project looked complicated and time consuming. And you probably don’t’ have the right supplies anyways.
I’m right there with you, sister. The world of Pinterest and Martha Stewart magazine and fancy DIY blogs overwhelms me at the thought of picking up a hot glue gun. So I’ve been taking things one project at a time – focusing on slowly building my DIY skills and empowering myself to create a happier and healthier environment in my home. I’ve also started giving homemade gifts to friends, often without any particular reason other than I want to do it. The act of creating and then giving is so rewarding. I highly recommend it.
So today, I bring you a way to make your own peppermint lip balm. It takes just 4 ingredients (none of which are hard to pronounce or contain byproducts from the oil refining process, ick) and will only take 1 hour of your time at the very most.
- 1 tsp shea butter
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp beeswax pastilles
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 wooden chopstick, for stirring
- Container(s) for lip balm (I like to re-purpose mini candle tins or hollow out old lip balm containers that are near the end of their life)
Place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan of boiling water (like you would for melting chocolate) and combine the shea butter, olive oil, and beeswax pastilles. Stir frequently using a wooden chopstick until completely melted. Remove the glass bowl from the hot water, and add in your peppermint essential oil. Mix again, breaking up any parts that may have hardened on the side, and pour into your container(s) to solidify. It will take about 20-30 mins for the mixture to solidify.
Now, because I know the average grocery store does not sell ingredients like beeswax pastilles, I am anticipating you asking me where I got them along with the shea butter and essential oil. You can go to any natural foods store, but I’m a big fan of using the internet.
I purchased all these ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs – an organic supplier out of Eugene, Oregon run by really wonderful, caring people. Amazon.com is also an excellent resource for essential oils and other homeopathic, plant-based ingredients.
I hope you’ve realized by now that the ingredient in the essential oil makes the flavor of the lip balm. So get creative. I’ve made a lavender rose lip balm, and am planning on making a fresh scented lemon sage batch in the coming weeks!