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!
- 3 tablespoon beeswax grated
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1/8 teaspoon non-toxic eye shadow (we use Jane Iredale or beet powder)
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.
The eye shadow / beet color is for the tint right?
Hi! This may sound dumb, but this was my 1st ever DIY project of beauty-related products–it worked! I made it non-tinted and it’s great! I’m very proud of myself, but have to ask–how did you get it into the lip balm tubes. My mixture gelled pretty quickly even in this blistering Brisbane heat, so I put it back over low heat, but still had to get pretty creative to coax it all the way down into the tubes. Like I said, it worked eventually, but took me a lot longer than 5 minutes. 😉 Thank you!
Awesome so glad it worked! I keep the oil pretty hot before I transfer and wear oven gloves, it pours in quickly and I keep putting the jar back on the double boiler if I need to keep it liquid between pours!
Hello there!!!Do yoy think that is possible to ”change” shea butter with olive oil?
or it will be to soft?
I don’t know for sure, it might be too soft. Shea is solid at room temperature and olive oil is not so my guess is it won’t work!!!