We’re back again with another DIY blog post for your holiday season! If you didn’t get a chance to read our last post, we’re trying out a new, experimental format, which is more like a conversation than a typical article. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Laurelin: Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about sustainable New Year’s resolutions because I think New Year’s is a great time to start making life changes – even if sometimes they don’t always work out. But this year, I’m determined to make my resolutions stick, and I’m going to go more waste free.
Madi: Which is why we’re going to show you how to make lip balm at home today. If you’re trying to go waste-free, it’s really important to start making some of your everyday products at home. And they actually seem to be really easy and fun to do!
Laurelin: Not only is it a great way to craft, but by buying things in bulk and making a lot of your products at once, you can save a lot of money, too. And so we thought chapstick would be a perfect first product to try this out on because it’s getting colder and lips are getting significantly drier. And, of course, for New Year’s there’s something special that happens at midnight that you might need chapstick for.
Madi: Right. And you can also use this DIY to refill your EOS eggs!
Laurelin: Yeah, I have a bunch of those just laying around in my bathroom drawers because I don’t want to throw them away, but I also don’t know what to do with them.
Madi: Yeah, me too. It was actually a bit of a hunt trying to find some of the ingredients we needed to make the chapstick! The thing we had the most trouble finding was beeswax. We went to one store first, and we had people running around all over for us
Laurelin: And they only had Burt’s Bees!
Madi: Which isn’t beeswax. Then we went to a different store, and they also didn’t have beeswax. And finally we decided to call a hobby store, and it turns out that they had beeswax.
Laurelin: So pro-tip for the future: If there’s an ingredient that you think might be hard to find in a general store, then call. Call ahead of time, and that will save you money and also reduce your carbon footprint of driving around all over the place trying to find these things.
Madi: But once we had all the ingredients, this lip balm was so easy to make – and fun to do!
Laurelin: I mean, if you can cook even a little bit, you can make these. It’s basically just measuring. It took all of fifteen minutes to make one batch. We made two batches – it took us, like, half an hour.
Madi: We hope you guys like these easy-to-do steps and that you try it out and let us know!
- Coconut Oil ($7.49)
- Beeswax (about $7)
- Peppermint Oil ($1.67)
- Container (about $1 for two containers – or reuse your old lip balm container for free)
- Stickers (optional) ($2)
- Lipstick (optional) (reuse your old lipstick for free)
The total cost of our project was about $26, and with our ingredients we could easily have made at least 32 containers of lip balm! That’s a grand total of about $1.12 per container! Regular lip balms can cost up to $3 per container for a cost savings of almost $2.
Step 1: Put the stickers onto the containers
Step 2: Put 4 tablespoons of beeswax into a bowl, then put 4 tablespoons of coconut oil into the same bowl.
You can choose to use smaller or larger proportions, just make sure you use a 1-1 ratio!
Step 3: Heat the beeswax and coconut oil for 1 minute in the microwave. Stir. Then heat the mixture for another minute, or until everything is melted! Once everything is melted, add a cap full of peppermint.
- Don’t be afraid to put too much peppermint in!
After you put the peppermint in, heat the mixture for an additional 10 seconds.
Madi’s Tip: Whatever you end up heating the ingredients in, make sure that that has a spout, that way when you pour it into the little chapstick containers, you can pour it right in. Our bowl did not have a spout – whoops – so we just used a spoon to ladle it into the chapstick, but with that we found that it would already start hardening before we got all the mixture in, so definitely make sure you have something with a spout.
Step 4: Pour the liquid mix into little containers, or ladle with a spoon.
Laurelin’s Tip: When you are packaging your lip balm, make sure that it’s fully hardened before you put the lid on, otherwise the lip balm mixture will get into the lid, and then you’ll have lip balm on the lid, and that’s not really what you want.
Step 5: Complete!
Authors: Laurelin Haas and Madi VanGundy, Live Green! Campus and Community Engagement Interns
Photos: Laurelin Haas