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DIY lip balm gifts and the mighty power of homemade

{the lip balm recipe and video tutorial are at the end}

Today, so much of what we do and achieve is online and kind of disappears. I know it’s there in the ether forever, but I’m not sure our humble brain really engages with that process in the same way. We can’t touch, smell, taste or feel it. So many of the things our brains are good at processing are not involved with online creation.

Not only that, we’re often told that we can’t do this and that or someone else can do it much better than us so why bother, but I think we’re missing out when we don’t make at least one thing with our own bare hands, be it a cake, garden, art work, etc.

I’m slowly getting better at the gardening, but I’ve been baking bread for a couple of years now (this is the recipe) and it’s been really heartening to discover I can do it and each week I get a bit better at it.

Nope, I’m not a baker supplying five star restaurants with my bread, but I do get a swell of satisfaction when I pull a loaf out of the oven and it looks edible, smells delicious, feels crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle and tastes pretty good. For that moment, I’m completely there with my humble loaf.

Lots of different parts of our brain engage in the process of making something tangible and this is why the simple art of making something can have such a profound impact on us.

I get an even bigger hit of satisfaction when I make a lip balm, yet it’s a lot, lot easier than baking bread. I think it’s because the beauty industry marketing is shrouded in mystery and we’re told the simple art of looking after the biggest organ in our body, as we have done for eons, is beyond our abilities.

Either way, it gives me a big kick and I may or may not be known to do a little fist pump, as I continue on my beauty independence adventure.

#beautyindependenceHow to make lip balm | Blah Blah Magazine

How to make lip balm for gifts

This is a great gift you can make in bulk and I love I’m giving my friends a chance to cut back on the 7 kilos of lipstick we are believed to eat over a lifetime, it’s affordable for me, everyone I know uses lip balm at some stage and it’s not loaded with sugar.

It means buying beeswax and shea butter, but these ingredients open you up into the wonderful world of making body butters, eye creams and hand creams, because they’re all made pretty much the same way. The wax and butters are available at a lot of online aromatherapy, soap and cosmetic supplies places and you can often pick up some idle-biddle jars or tubes at the same time. Otherwise, you can upcycle the little 30 ml jam jars, lockets, mint tins and other things in this beetroot lip balm post, by sterilizing them.

The choc-mint lip balm is made with half teaspoon of regular old cocoa found at the supermarket and the shimmer pink lip balm is made with half teaspoon red mica, available at aromatherapy, soap and cosmetic suppliers.

Note: Ideally, use a digital scale to measure the ingredients, however I have listed the (Australian & UK) tablespoon sizes if you don’t have one.

Peppermint Lip Balm
A nourishing lip balm with a bit of gloss and colour. A wonderful gift for friends and loved ones.
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Cook Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
  1. 16 g/ 0.6 oz (or 2 tbl finely grated and compacted) beeswax
  2. 2 g/0.1 oz (or 1 level tsp) shea butter
  3. 73 ml/2.5 fl oz sunflower oil
  4. 5 ml/ 0.17 fl oz (1 tsp) macadamia oil
  5. 1 ml/ 0.03 fl oz (1 capsule) vitamin E oil
  6. 20 drops peppermint oil
  7. 1/2 tsp cocoa or red mica (optional colour)
  1. Using double-boiler or saucepan with heat proof bowl on top, bring water in base pan to boil.
  2. In top pot, melt beeswax and shea butter and whisk in sunflower oil and macadamia oil. Take off the heat when.
  3. Whisk in vitamin E oil and peppermint oil.
  4. Pour in containers and cool with lid off.
  5. Label with date and ingredients.
  6. Test on discrete spot before using.
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  1. I think we’re all so “busy” that we put making things from scratch straight into the too hard basket, when they’re really not very hard at all. I think you’re right, there’s something really satisfying about making things from scratch whether it be growing veggies, baking some bread or making your own beauty product. This lip balm looks lush. Perfect for Christmas and just for some good old fashioned loving on my own lips! x

  2. These look fantastic Bele! I love receiving homemade gifts and really appreciate the time and effort someone has put in to making it for me. There’s nothing more personal than that! Reminds me that I need to start planning my preserve cook-a-thon in the lead up to Christmas! xx

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