Soft, smooth, yummy, ALL NATURAL, fun to make, endless creative smelling possibilities – all packaged in an itty bitty, cute container. Did I sell you on making some lip balm or hard lotion? You’ll be glad you said YES.
Jennifer, our resident professional aromatherapist, taught me how to make this fun stuff. She learned from her friend who is graciously sharing her recipe with all of us! (adapted from recipe found here). I wasn’t familiar with hard lotion, but I tried some of Jennifer’s and I can see why people love it! You just rub it in your hands or on rough spots like you would a bar of soap (without water). This makes it easy to target dry spots and the beeswax (included to make it hard) helps lock in the moisture, so I am told.
Because we love pictures around here, this picture tutorial will hopefully speak for itself.
Let’s start with one of the most fun parts – picking your container. The Sage.com has the best prices Jennifer has found and From Nature with Love has the best selection with great prices as well. Look at these colorful lid colors…
Here is a shot of all the containers we used for this project. For the hard lotion, you don’t have to have professional molds – in fact I love what Jennifer uses. See if you can spot the “free” molds.
She used an empty laundry detergent measuring container and an empty cookie tray. So clever!
Jennifer had this tray for molding soap – it worked perfect for Hard Lotion as well.
Here is the next clever thing Jennifer taught me – you can use an old egg carton and turn it into a stand to hold your empty lip balm containers while you fill them so they don’t tip over. Genius. To make it SUPER simple, look on the bottom for the ones that have these circles already indented in them.
Then just grab your vegetable peeler (perfect size) or craft knife and cut around the circle. If you don’t have an egg carton with the circles, just trace the container and then cut on the line.
Hard Lotion Base and Lip Balm Ingredients:
4 oz. Beeswax
6 oz. Coconut Oil (or 2 oz. Aloe Butter & 4 oz. Coconut Oil)
8 oz. Cocoa Butter
Essential Oil if desired – 10-20 drops per 2 oz. of lotion
* You can get all the “butters” here or at thesage.com and the essential oils, here.
This is what the oils look like out of their package.
Place ingredients, except essential oil, in a glass liquid measuring cup. Fill a medium saucepan half-way with water and place the liquid measuring cup in it over medium heat.
We wanted to try out a few different essential oil combinations, so Jennifer cleverly used an electric skillet. This gave room for the juice glasses for the smaller batches.
Melt the waxes and oils. To test for desired consistency remove a small amount and let cool. (Especially important if you use other butters than what is in the recipe). Rub it in your hands or try it on your lips if you’re making lip balms. Add more coconut oil to make it softer and more beeswax to make it harder.
We poured it into something with a spout so it would be easier to pour into the containers.
Then we divided it between some smaller containers so we could make different scents with the same batch. Each container will tell you how much it will hold. A standard lip balm tube holds about .15 oz. and a hard lotion tube holds about .7 oz. To be sure you don’t waste any, weigh the liquid before adding your essential oils. A scale allows for precision in following recipes and no waste – but you could do just as well with a good guess.
*If you are making all the same scent, you can skip this part.
Add essential oils, if desired, just before pouring.
Pour into your chosen containers. You can pour the whole batch into a 9 x 13 baking dish. *A silicone one works best but glass is good too. You just need to set it on a hot wet dish towel to melt the bottom slightly then tap it upside down a few times to get it to drop out. Cut into bars and wrap in wax paper. If you cut it 4 x 4 it produces 16 bars 2.25″ x 3.25″.
*Silicone muffin tins, candy molds, soap molds, old interesting cookie packaging, laundry detergent cups, plastic food containers, etc. all work well as molds. Some people say to put the filled molds in the freezer for 30 minutes to get the lotion bars to pop out easily.
This picture is a lotion bar tube but the lip balm tubes work the same way.
Fill half-way, allow to cool slightly, continue pouring until it is domed on the top. It will shrink as it cools.
Look how fun!
Here are some of the Lotion Bars out of their molds.
All wrapped up and ready for gifting!
You can create labels to go on your lip balms if you want or just leave them looking natural.
Here are some of the essential oil combinations Jennifer has tried:
DigestZen: When my kids get a tummy ache, they ask me to rub this on their tummies. It has helped ease my upset stomache numerous times.
Deep Blue: I love using this on my calf muscles after a long run – it has eliminated the stiffness I used to get for days after.
Peppermint: Great for headaches, fevers and as a mouth rinse. Also great for tummy aches – especially car sickness. This is one of my favorite oils. I didn’t know I liked peppermint until I smelled doTERRA peppermint – it smells SO good.
Lavender: For headaches, calming, more restful sleep and bug bites
Melaleuca: Known as first aid for the skin. Works great on blemishes…not that I would know. Also great for cleaning.
Oregano: This is powerful stuff. Good for GI health, but also for cleaning – it kills ALL the bad stuff.
Frankincense: Good for: cuts, sores, beautiful skin, immune function, stress headaches…when in doubt, use frankincense!
Breathe: Clears stuffy noses and eases respiratory discomfort. I as amazed at how well this works. This stuff has saved my son numerous times. You can read more about that, here.
On Guard: If I had to choose 1 oil to buy – this would be it! For the immune support alone it would be worth it, but it is also great for cleaning and it smells like Christmas – you can’t beat that!
You can purchase this kit HERE. Just hit the shop button at the top right corner, enter your country, then choose product packages – the Family Physician Kit is the 7th package down. Also, don’t forget to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to save 25%.
How to Enter:
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Please contact me at email@example.com (within 72 hours) to claim your oils!
Just two ways to enter. Please leave a separate comment at the bottom of this post for each thing you do.
1. Like Jennifer’s facebook page and leave a comment on her facebook page. (either about an experience you have had with essential oils, OR why you want to try them).
2. Pin this post. Then when you are ready to make your lip balm, you will know right where to come for the tutorial!
Winner will be announced Friday May 25, 2012. Good Luck!
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A mother of 5 who holds a degree in English and run on sentences. She has a passion for photography, especially capturing life's sweet moments. She has a serious addiction to Oreos, coconut oil and sushi...not necessarily all at the same time. She is one of the 3 founders of HowDoesShe.com.
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