FYI It’s A DIY

I figured out real quick that any form of video how-to is out of the question at this moment in my life…because children. Got to love them.

I took some pictures to help walk you through the process in place of video. I leave out how much of each essential oils I use, because that’s my secret. A little searching on the internet will lead you to a slough of different oil blends for different things, as well as different recipes. Some oils taste better than others, and some are irritating to sensitive skin, so you need a little know-how before diving in headfirst with other oils. But if you are into making this kind of stuff yourself, you probably already know the joy of research and experimentation. Or maybe that’s just me.

To start, you will need:
—1 1/2 tbsp. Coconut oil
—1 1/4 tsp. Shea Butter
—1/2 tbsp. Beeswax
—5 drops Sweet Almond Oil
—Assorted blend of Essential Oils, about 1/2-1 ml worth, or 10-20 drops, depending on how strong you want it. I am using Peppermint and Rosemary today.
—Pot big enough for your bowl to fit in. I use the bottom of a double boiler.
—Heat resistant glass bowl—I use a Pyrex quart measuring bowl for everything.
—A hot pad will more than likely be needed when removing the bowl from the hot water, and it’s advised to place a hot bowl on something other than your countertop. I happen to make double-layered, 100% cotton hot pads that you can check out here. They are machine washable.
—Rubber spatula—it’s easier to clean than a wooden spoon, and you want to be able to scrape everything out of your bowl.
—This recipe will make a little more than 1 oz, but not quite 2 oz. Jar size is totally up to you. It should make about 4 small lip balm jars.

I use a pot with 3 mason jar rings in the bottom to elevate my bowl while still submersing the bottom of the bowl in water. 1 1/2-2 inches of water should be sufficient. You want the bowl touch the water, but not the bottom of your pot. You can scorch the oils otherwise.
Coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter melting on the stove in my trusty Pyrex quart measuring bowl. Stir occasionally.
Clean and dry jar(s) while waiting for oils to melt. This recipe will make about 4 of these small lip balm jars, but I did a bigger batch.
Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes. Extreme heat can dilute the efficacy of essential oils, but you still want your mix to be pourable, as to get that smooth top finish once in the jar. Add your Sweet Almond Oil, and essential oils. Mix well.
Carefully pour into jar(s).

A good label is always needed, because even if you think you will remember exactly what is in a jar, over time you will forget. I can tell you this from experience. Label everything! I still have not perfected my labels, but I am striving to make them better. I don’t know if any of you guys have ever looked at the price of professionally made labels, but they can get pricey. Plus I prefer to do things myself, so what is a girl to do? Experiment of course!

And there you have it! You can check out my Peppermint Rosemary Lip Balm if you would like to purchase a jar, but of course feel free to experiment for yourself if that is what makes you happy!

I will have a booth at the local Freedom Festival September 26 for my local readers, so I will have a few more how-to’s coming up as I prep for that. You can check the Facebook event page out for more info.

Many blessings!

Emma Lee
Owner of 4theBeautyOfLOVE

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