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It’s about this time of year that I start gathering my ideas for homemade gifts to give during the holiday season.  With both kids in school this year, we have more than a few teachers and parents on our homemade gift list.

Are you thinking…WHAT? THE HOLIDAY SEASON???  It’s only October!

I know, I know—but before we know it Halloween will be over, the kids will be coming down from their sugar high and the holiday season will have already arrived!  TA DAH!

So let’s get started thinking about some thoughtful, easy, and affordable gifts you might give to your favorite teachers and neighbors this year.  My kids have really been into making homemade personal care products the last few months.  Last summer we made our favorite homemade lip gloss and it’s still my favorite thing to throw in my purse when I’m out and about.  However, gloss can get a little messy for my kids so we decided to make them each a tinted lip balm last week instead.  We added some peppermint essential oil for a holiday and minty twist.  This recipe takes about 15 minutes to make and it yields 10 small tubes of lip balm, a perfect gift for classroom friends or as part of a thank you gift for your child’s teacher.


PS: For another great homemade tinted lip balm recipe go here!


Tinted Peppermint Lip Balm
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This makes about 10 small tubes of lip balm, or one 2oz glass jar.
Recipe type: DIY Beauty
Serves: 10 small tubes
  • 3 tablespoon beeswax, grated
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon of non-toxic eye shadow (we use Jane Iredale) or beet powder
  1. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil over low heat to combine. This can take 10-15 minutes. Add color (eye shadow or beet powder) and stir to combine. Remove from heat, let the mixture cool slightly and then add essential oil. Pour into lip balm tubes and let them set in freezer for 10 minutes until solid. Remove and keep at room temperature. Shelf life 6 months.

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