I love making homemade gifts and this is one of my favorites. This is an easy homemade lip balm recipe that you can alter for men or women. I purchased small containers from the beading/jewelry section at the craft store. They make perfect containers.
For the men I used the basic recipe:
1 Tbsp Beeswax
1 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (The kind you cook with)
The recipe is equal parts beeswax and coconut oil, so you can adjust according to how much you need to make. I also added a drop of peppermint oil.
On the stove, place a small pot with water and begin to heat. On top of the pot you can place a glass bowl. this creates a double boiler if you don’t have one. Slowly melt the beeswax and coconut oil together. Add a drop or 2 of peppermint oil (optional).
Once you have a liquid, you can use a medicine dropper to move liquid into the containers. It will harden pretty quickly in the containers once it’s away from the heat.
For the women’s lip balm (or girls), I added petroleum jelly and reduced the amount of coconut oil. This was just to help the color mix better and have the feel of more of a gloss, than harder lip balm.
Women’s Lip Balm:
I used the Kool-aid to give it some color, so choose whatever flavor you want and add as much as you want. Start with a few drops, because a little goes a long way. I added the sugar to reduce the tartness of the kool-aid, in case someone tasted it. 🙂
You’ll want to heat up the ingredients slowly, much like you did for the men’s lip balm. The kool-aid doesn’t like to mix well with the other ingredients, so I melted and combined them all, then stuck in the refrigerator to harden just a bit. Then mix together again and the color will blend better. You may have to do this a couple times. You can heat back up and stir a few times if you need to.
I added some pearl dust to give it a nice glimmer. I probably could have added more and I’m not sure you can really tell once it’s applied to the lips. But it was very pretty when all the ingredients were melted together.
Before the mixture hardens again, add to your containers.
I’m a bit weird but I like the top of my lip balms to have a flat surface. If the mixture hardens too quickly you can throw the container in the microwave, (test only a few seconds at a time) until it’s a bit soft again, and then tap the container on the counter to get it to level out. You can see from the photo below, that I had 1 balm that needed this.
Then I printed off cute little tags for each one of them on pretty scrapbook paper. I used a small curricular cut out to do these. Then I used clear labels and cut them slightly larger to adhere the paper to the lids. I LOVE how they turned out and cannot wait to give them to family and friends. My hubby and daughter have already confiscated some!
Disclaimer: I am not an expert. These recipes are derived from my own homemade experiences.