If you haven't read my lotion bar recipe you're missing out! :)
One evening while I was sitting in my writing chair, I needed some lip balm. A day on the boat in the hot, blistering sun will dry anyone out like a prune. But I digress. Knowing what was in the lotion bar that was sitting on my nice little table right…next…to…me, I swiped some across my prunish lips.
And they smiled. And pronounced to my children that this was the best lip balm in the entire world. (Yes. My lips did this of their own accord. I didn't force them to say it.)
Another great idea was born.
That night, I waited until everyone in our household was asleep and I snitched every half empty container of lip balm that no one wanted to use anymore for some reason or other. Some were said to be slimy. Some were accused of being chalky or gritty. (Ick. I know.) There were at least two that had melted almost entirely out of their tubes. Poor things. (No. You may not ask why these weren't just thrown away. See previous post regarding not wasting.) So I gave them a new lease on life. With my own homemade, non-greasy, gritty, slimy, or additive infested lip balm that my lips had already fallen in love with. Yep, I did. I made another batch of those little lotion bars, but instead of putting them all into the silicone molds, I squirted that warm balm into those now cleaned and rejuvenated cases. And let them cool down.
Apparently I need to make more. Because I can't find those tubes anywhere. I suspect my daughter, son, and husband have stolen them. Shameless hooligans.
Amanda's Upcycled Lip Balm
2 oz beeswax
2 oz coconut oil
1 Tbsp Olive oil
Essential oil of your choice ~ Eucalyptus, peppermint, vanilla, lemon
Recycled lip balm tubes ~ cleaned and dried
1 turkey/chicken marinade injector ~ cleaned or unused
- Combine the beeswax and coconut oil in a microwave safe container.
- Microwave on high, stirring at 45 second intervals.
- While waiting for the mixture to completely melt, combine olive oil and several drops of essential oil. Cinnamon leaf or Vanilla are great ones to try. WAIT! We could try them together...ARGH! I have no beeswax left! If you try this, let me know how it turns out, please?
- Stir until blended together.
- Once beeswax and coconut oil are completely melted, stir in olive oil mixture until well mixed.
- Using the new, unused Turkey marinade injector (the funny part? Hubby doesn't have a clue where all his injectors go) suck up some warm liquid. Make sure it's quite warm, or it'll be difficult to suction up.
- Insert injector into cleaned and supported lip balm tubes. Inject liquid until it reaches the very top.
- Set on countertop until completely cooled.
- Once completely cooled and firm, twist bottom up until lip balm is slightly above the rim of the tube. Trim off uneven top and save the cut off part for another use!
- Hide several in secret places from your husband and children or you won't have any... ;)
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