I promise I’m not turning this into a DIY blog, but I just discovered how easy and awesome it is to make my own skincare products and I’m dying to share. I will keep the mason jar shots to a minimum.
A few weeks ago, I was looking at some really prettily-packaged organic, all-natural, $18 lip balm, and it occurred to me that I just can’t justify paying $18 for a small container of beeswax, shea butter, vitamin e, and essential oil. At first I was thinking, they must do something really special to the ingredients, right? Like, there must be some kind of process they put this stuff through to make it usable. But then, isn’t the whole point of the organic/all-natural product movement to use ingredients that are as unadulterated as possible?
Well, I googled it a little and discovered that there doesn’t have to be any complex alchemy involved in making moisturizers. You literally just have to heat up a few things, stir in some other things, and possibly use a mixer for a few minutes.
Also, it’s incredibly inexpensive. I made 12 jars of body butter and 20 tins of lip balm for about $35 total. If I ever run out (I used a bunch of them as holiday gifts, but I still have a truckload), I’ll re-use the jars and tins, so it’ll be even cheaper.
The best part? You don’t have to follow a recipe perfectly, there’s plenty of room for interpretation. Basically, I read a ton of recipes, then bought the ingredients I liked most and just kind of put in whatever amounts of each sounded good to me.
DIY Lip Balm
For the lip balm, I tried three batches, and this was my favorite version:
- 1 oz of beeswax
- 1 oz of shea butter
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 7 or 8 capsules of vitamin e (break them open and squeeze out oil, don’t just drop in the capsules)
- A couple spoonfuls of sweet almond oil
- A few drops of lavender essential oil
- Optional – some lipstick shavings for color (I actually preferred without)
Step 1: Melt the beeswax and shea together until they’re completely liquified.
Step 2: Remove from heat and add the coconut, almond, and vitamin e, stir until they’re all melted together. This is also when you can add the lipstick shavings if you want.
Step 3: Add the essential oil (or skip this, up to you).
Step 4: Pour it into the tins, and let it sit until it hardens (takes less than 30 min, less than 5 if you put them in the fridge).
See? Stupid easy.
Lavender-Coconut Body Butter
I made two versions of the body butter, here’s the one I liked best:
- 1 cup of shea butter
- 3/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
- 10-15 vitamin e capsules (again, break them open)
- Lavender essential oil- however much you like. I probably used about 1/2 tablespoon
Step 1: Heat up the shea and coconut until they’ve liquified
Step 2: Let it cool for about 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir them up.
Step 3: Put it in the fridge to cool for about 45 minutes, until it’s no longer clear and it’s starting to feel solid.
Step 4: Use a mixer and beat for 2-3 minutes, then put it into jars!
Et voila, you have a body butter that smells amazing and feels super luxurious. You can even pretend you paid $50 for it.