Today I have a DIY that everyone should make because I know you’ll use it all fall, winter, spring and probably summer too! It also makes a great neighbor, teacher, friend or hostess gift — something we’ll be needing lots of this time of year. The very simple ingredients (you only need 3), instructions (only takes 10 minutes) and details for the body and lip balm are below. I’m also including a printable of cute labels so keep scrolling friends!!!!
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (the kind you cook with!)
- 1 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup beeswax pellets (want to try this brand/kind next!)
- optional: essential oils (see below for suggestions), glass jars or small tins
- also optional: click to download the labels — i printed on these sticker sheets so the labels look better longer (and will be using them for a wine and beer label freebie later this month!), or you can use whatever you have on hand.
- Measure ingredients and scoop together into a large measuring cup (so it’s easy to pour) that can go in the microwave (no need to stir).
- Microwave for 30 second increments until melted, stirring when needed. After a couple minutes, if there are some remaining beeswax pellets, stir carefully until dissolved.
- Stir in essential oils if using.
- Poor into jars or tins and let sit until the balm solidifies. You can place them in the fridge to speed up this process.
- Add labels if desired. Use on lips, hands or other dry skin.
*MAKES ABOUT 5 GLASS JARS, but there’s lots of leftover ingredients to make more.
*Anytime you’re using a new ingredient on your skin, test a small spot to make sure you don’t have a reaction/allergy.
My little stash of oils on the right… you can do a lot with a little!
A little heads up RE: the ingredients — the shea butter has a cocoa smell to it that isn’t bad but also isn’t good, and luckily is fairly mild. The beeswax is a little stronger smelling and honestly isn’t my favorite by itself, BUT you don’t use much of it so it’s not overpowering.
Picking essential oils — my first batch I used citrus oils and while I still use the finished product (again, the scent overall is mild) it wasn’t my favorite. My second batch I used lavender and a little peppermint (careful if using on kids with sensitive skin) and think it worked better with the shea butter and beeswax. My suggestion would be to stick to florals and woodsy smells if you’re not sure. Or have the kids pick their favorites and just go with it! Just be sure to avoid “hot” or as my kids call them “spicy” oils like cinnamon or theives. You can always test on your skin first if you’re not sure.
I didn’t call this the balm dot com for nothing. It feels so good to put on!
Don’t forget to rub it onto your lips too… then pucker up for a kiss!
If you’ve been around here for awhile then you know I’ve been a believer in essential oils since it cured an awful skin condition my kids had several years ago. Aside from the topical benefits, there are a few other things that I love about using them, but at the top of the list is all of the DIY’s and homemade sprays I get to make and use everyday and then store in pretty bottles. Saves me a lot of time and money!
If you have any questions for me regarding oils, leave a comment below! For those that haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, I know it can feel a little gimmicky and almost cliquish. I’d love to give you my take on it!