Lip Balm

Lip balm is probably one of the easiest homemade cosmetics you could try, and it is so worth it to make yourself. It’s way cheaper than store bought, has no weird ingredients you can’t even pronounce, and you can customize pretty much whatever flavour you want.


The basic lip balm recipe is 3 parts of liquid oil to slightly more than 1 part beeswax (more if it’s really hot where you live). You can basically use whatever food oil you want; nutty oils, flowery oils, olive and coconut are awesome choices. You can also add a little shea butter or cocoa butter too if you like, and these can just be added in addition to your 3:1 ratio. Melt all the ingredients, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice, and a couple drops of vitamin e oil and wham bam you have a delicious balm that will turn you against store bought forever! I find that sometimes over time with temperature changes the ones with Shea or cocoa butter can start to kind of separate or get a weird texture, so might need a little extra beeswax, but the coconut plus liquid oil plus beeswax ones have never given me a problem and are so awesome!

So, while I encourage you to explore different recipes, here are two of my favourites, modified from mountain rose herbs (which is also a great place to get ingredients).

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of beeswax
15 drops of peppermint essential oil
A few drops of vitamin e oil

Grapefruit or Orange Coconut Lip Balm
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon beeswax
15 drops grapefruit essential oil
A few drops vitamin e oil

These recipes will fill about 10 regular sized tubes of lip balm, or less if you are doing larger containers of course. I halved it for this since I was doing 2 flavours and wanted to try them out, so I made 5 of each.

How to make it:

Combine all the ingredients except the essential oils and vitamin e in a glass container double boiler and heat until melted. I have used a ball jar for this purpose that I set in a small pot of water on the burner, but you can use any glass jar you desire. One with a spout is way better, like a glass measuring cup. I spilled way less when I started using one with a spout – silly me!


Once all the ingredients are all melted and mixed, remove from heat, quickly add the essential oils and vitamin e oil, stir, and then pour into your containers. I bought these tubes on amazon for like 15-20 cents each, or you can put it in whatever little tin or container you want. Try to move quickly, especially if it’s chilly in your house, or it starts to harden on the side of the jar. Even filling 5 I started to have it harden a little so move as quickly as you can.


And voila – that’s all there is to it! Explore and try new recipes, it’s fun! Not sure where to find these items? I get the coconut oil in the healthy food section at the grocery store, and vitamin e oil and essential oils can usually be found at health food stores. For items I buy online, click on the links embedded in the recipe above which are mostly for amazon, or check out Mountain Rose Herbs. For the cute little labels below I actually used file folder labels.

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Homemade Probiotic Deodorant

With canning season starting to wind down soon I’d like to start adding some other types of posts. So, another awesome use for plants is to make home made cosmetics/personal care products. I shall start with this fantastic recipe for homemade deodorant. I got the recipe here from the super great blog “frugally sustainable.” Thanks Andrea! And I don’t want to just tell you about recipes that are already out there only, so now that I have a stockpile of great natural ingredients I will definitely work to come up with some of my own concoctions to share with you. But let’s begin with this tried and tested one. I have made it for a few people now and it really works, just don’t apply too much, a little is enough!


Ingredients :
1 tbsp cocoa butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp shea butter
1 tbsp beeswax
2.5 tbsp arrowroot powder
1 tbsp baking soda
1/4 tsp vitamin E oil
15 drops of essential oil (I do half tea tree and half rose absolute)
2 capsules probiotics

Here’s how you make it:

Clean out an old deodorant container that you’ll pour it into, or else buy empty ones online.

In a mason jar or other clean glass jar, melt the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil by placing the jar in a small pot of water and heating over medium heat.


Heat until all the ingredients are melted and mix together with a chopstick or other stick like thingie.


Remove from heat, cool slightly and add the vitamin e, baking soda and arrowroot. Cool further until it’s quite thick (like pudding as Andrea described it) and then add in the essential oils and the probiotic capsules.


Mix together well and pour into the container!


Stick into the fridge and wait a couple hours and presto you have an all natural awesome smelling deodorant!


Love this idea but no idea where to get the ingredients? Here is where I get mine. And while there are multiple ingredients to invest in it is totally worth it because there are many other recipes they can be used for!

Beeswax – I really like this one because it is a lighter colour so doesn’t make all your products yellowy, and the pellets rather than bars are just easier to measure out.
Shea butter – So many uses! Definitely invest, I have more great ideas to come.
Cocoa butter – You can go without it and just use shea butter in some of the recipes (here and to come) but it is a little harder than the shea so adds a nice bit of hardness to this recipe especially. And adds a great smell.
Probiotics– This is the one I bought, but since unless you plan to take them also this is a lot of capsules, maybe you can find a smaller quantity or share with friends.

For coconut oil check the healthy section of the grocery store. You can also usually find essential oils and vitamin e oil at co-ops and health food stores or from Mountain Rose Herbs. Arrowroot I found in the bulk section (also at Mountain Rose). Enjoy!

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