These pretty little tins of homemade lip balm are all-natural, custom-scented and -colored, and easy to produce. To dress up plain metal pots or slide tins, just stick on some colorful adhesive dots in a variety of sizes and colors.
Tip: Chances are, you already have one or more carrier oils -- so called because they help distribute the essential oil and create a smooth texture -- in your kitchen: grapeseed oil (virtually odorless), sunflower oil, olive oil (choose the lightest grades so the scent won’t mask that of the essential oil), and vitamin E oil (which can be expensive, so use in small quantities in combination with another carrier oil).
Tips: This makes enough to fill two .15-ounce tubes and two .5-ounce tins or pots. To make more than one kind of lip balm at a time, or to make patterns as shown opposite, divide the recipe in half and scent and color the batches separately. For lip balms, use essential oils that have an “edible” scent, such as citrus.
- 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets (available at crafts stores)
- 2 tablespoons carrier oil (see tip, opposite)
- Heatproof glass jar
- Metal spoon
- Plastic pipettes
- Essential oil(s)
- Store-bought lipstick and eyeliner (for color)
- Craft stick (for shaving lipstick)
- Cosmetic-style slide tins or metal pots (available from online packaging suppliers)
Put 1 tablespoon beeswax and 2 tablespoons carrier oil in jar, and close lid. An adult should heat the jar in a pot of water over medium-low until wax has melted. Remove jar from pot carefully.
Stir mixture with a metal spoon. Using a pipette, add essential oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. shave off small amounts of lipstick and liner with a craft stick, then stir in shavings, one at a time, until desired shade is achieved.
Using another pipette, transfer lip balm to cosmetic containers. Let set for 1 hour.
Once balm in container has set, you can make patterns with melted balm in another color: For dots, use a straw to poke holes in balm; remove excess wax from tin with a toothpick, then use a pipette to fill hole with melted balm; let set. For stripes, cut away balm with a knife and pipe in a different color.