I am in the middle of a little project I call "conscious, mindful living" I will write about soon. Amongst other things, my project involves plastic free living, or plastic free to the extent of my abilities. This means that, if I have a choice, I will choose not to buy anything packaged in plastic no matter how 'inconvenient' that may be for me at that particular moment. So, when I was shopping for a lip balm and a new deodorant I realised both had plastic packaging and decided to look for the alternative.
Thanks to google, alternative for both was found in the matter of moments, so instead of coming home with a deodorant and lip balm, I came home with the ingredients to make them. I was shocked how easy and fun it was to make both and was so happy with the results I made a bunch and gave away as Xmas presents.
The best thing about this lip balm is the fact that it doesn't contain any chemicals, actually, it doesn't contain anything you can't eat. Which is the rule I try to live by; if you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin.
I made enough for ten small glass containers, you can use less if you're only making it for yourself.
What you'll need:
50g yellow beeswax
30g cocoa butter
30g coconut oil
30g shea butter
essential oil (I used orange)
Mica powder for color (optional)
Melt Cocoa butter, Shea butter and coconut oil in a glass bowl over boiling water. Melting beeswax over steam in a double container was slow and messy so I melted it in a pot on super small flame and it worked fine. I added the oil mixture into melted beeswax and added 10 drops of orange essential oil. Transfer into glass containers (or whatever you'll be using) while hot. And that's it!
If you'd like to add some color and you can find mica powder (a natural, mineral color), add at the end. I only found light pink mica and used it for half of the balms.
Deodorant also works great, will post it soon;).