Yesterday, I got tired of having alligator skin. For those of you not up in the North, this is what happens when you deal with sub-zero temperatures for weeks at a time. It literally sucks the
life moisture out of you. I haven’t been a huge fan of store-bought beauty products for some time. Yes, There are things that I use (hmmmm…that sounds like a good blog post, come to think of it!), but the list is short, and mostly involves makeup that I refuse to give up. So sue me.
Smalls has been begging me for his own “lip stick” for months now. Did you hear that, y’all? MONTHS. I finally got everything together to make some, and it turned out great! We put it all together, and applied all day yesterday and last night.
Then this morning, this happened:
Smalls (peering over the bed and waiting for me to open my eyes): “Good morning mommy. Did you sleep well?”
B: “Good morning, sweetie. Yes, I did! Did you?”
Smalls: “I got new lips! Seeeeeeeeeee (pushing lips out as far from face as humanly possible)??” (we put some homemade lip balm with EOs on last night because his little lips have been so chapped from the cold. To say he was beyond excited for his own “lip stick” is a HUGE understatement!)
B: “Awesome! Can I have a kiss from your new lips?”
Smalls: “NO! If you touch them, they’ll fall off! DO NOT KISS MY NEW LIPS! THEY ARE JUST FOR LOOKING, MOOOOM!”
Lavender Lip Balm
Lip balm tubes, pots, or small altoid tins (I happened to have quite a few of these on hand because it helps with my morning sickness)… be sure to wash and dry them THOROUGHLY before you start.
In a double boiler, melt your beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil, stirring slowly (I made a very small amount because I wanted to be sure that this WORKED, first. You could easily double, triple, or quadruple the amounts). Once everything is well combined, remove from the head and drop in your essential oils, stirring to combine (remember, I use Young Living essential oils, and cannot guarantee that you’ll have the same amazing results with anything else). When you’re measuring drops, hold the bottle on its side and let the oils drip slowly. Don’t shake the bottle, tempting as it may be. Essential oils are very potent, and you don’t want to over-pour.
Using a funnel, fill your chosen containers (I filled about 3 tins), and close the lid. Allow your new lip balm to harden, either on the counter for a few hours, or in the fridge for about 45 minutes (Smalls has the patience of a small child, so you can guess which method we used!). Apply liberally to lips!
*Someone asked me why I used lavender, as it’s not yummy like peppermint (I beg to differ, as you OBVIOUSLY have not tried lavender lemonade!). Lavender is very healing, and knowing that we were dealing with dry, cracked skin (yes, it was BAD!), it seemed like a much better idea than peppermint or lemon. You can use whatever “flavor” of essential oils floats your boat, though.