Teach your kids how to make homemade lip balm with this lip balm for kids that includes a little fairy dust!
How to Make Homemade Lip Balm with Kids
Homemade lip balm was on of my very first homemade beauty products. I started off with a peppermint lip balm years ago. I was hooked on DIY from that point on! Since then I've made homemade lotion bars, homemade soap and even homemade shaving cream. Making your own beauty products is easy, inexpensive, and fun.
I was very excited to be asked to review the book The Beeswax Workshop by Christ Dalziel. Beeswax is a staple in many homemade products and I use it often to make DIY products. I've reviewed a lot of books about making your own DIY products but this is the first one I absolutely love! I can't wait to decide what to make next.
The Beeswax Workshop is full of all-natural recipes for everything from household cleaners to beauty supplies to art supplies. There are recipes for cleaning golf clubs, violin rosin, baseball glove polish and even homemade crayons. The Beeswax Workshop also teaches how to make homemade make up and other beauty products.
Aside from the recipes, the book also includes great information on where to buy the ingredients and how and why to use them. This information is just as useful as the recipes themselves.
The recipe for Fairy Dust Lip Balm caught my eye because it included a “fairy dust” in the form of mica powder. We hadn't used mica powder before this, but with a tween girl in the house, all things that sparkle are loved.
Of course, you'll need beeswax for the lip balm. The book goes over beeswax and the different forms it's available in. I prefer beeswax pastilles for making lip balm because they melt faster.
You will also need lip balm containers. I had plain white ones on hand, but these colorful tubes just screamed fairy dust!
You will also want to scent the lip balm. The recipe in The Beeswax Workshop called for sweet orange essential oil and I used that but any fruity essential oil will work.
To make the lip balms, you basically melt everything down in a double boiler on the stove. Instead of a coffee can, I used a glass liquid measuring cup. It makes a lot easier to pour the liquid in to the tubes. I have a measuring cup set aside that I use only for homemade and DIY projects.
The oil and mica powder are stirred in after the beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter are melted.
The recipe in The Beeswax Workshop calls for titanium dioxide. I accidentally zinc oxide. So I didn't use either one and they seem to be fine. The book says the titanium dioxide helps with the pigment/glitter.
Carefully pour the melted liquid in to the lip balm tubes. Wipe off any of the liquid that gets on the outside of the tubes while you are pouring it in. Set them aside to cool.
I wasn't sure if the glitter part of the lip balm was going to be visible. But the first thing my tween daughter noticed was that the balm sparkled. You can see the sparkle of the lip balm on my finger.
Once the lip balms are cool and solid, add one of our Fairy Dust Lip Balm labels! The labels fit Avery 22816 2 x 2 inch square labels. I love printable labels but they are never, ever consistent. So they labels may print a little askew because not one label is the same as the other. You can also print them on paper and cut them out and tape on.
I had to trim the labels to fit on the colored lip balm tubes, but they fit perfectly on the white tubes I have. It'll just depend on the size you use.
If you love making your own products, or even just want to give it a try, The Beeswax Workshop is a great resource for everyone!
Yields 3-4 tubes of lip balm
- 1 teaspoon beeswax
- 1 teaspoon cocoa butter
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon silver mica
- Pinch titanium dioxide
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
- Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil in a double boiler made with a glass liquid measuring cup and a small pan with about 1 inch of water.
- Bring the water to a gentle boil and stir until the ingredients melt together. The beeswax will take the longest to melt. Just keep stirring!
- Once the mixture is melted, remove from heat.
- Allow the mixture to cool until it's just warm.
- Stir in the mica, titanium dioxide, and essential oil.
- Carefully pour the mixture in to lip balm tubes.
- Allow to cool and harden before using.
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