After searching FAR AND WIDE for an awesome Christmas gift for my girlfriends this year... I finally landed on the best gift project I'm made thus far.
I mean, this is way better than painted frames, decorated mugs and puff painted totes. Introducing the gift that's inexpensive, fun to make, and is actually useful in real life! WOAH! What a concept, right?
Homemade Natural Chapstick
(because who needs another crocheted tissue box cover?)
1.5 oz beeswax (1 and a half tablets)
6 vitamin E capsules
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (2=more rigid, 3=softer)
2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil
2-3 teaspoons of cocoa butter
25-30 empty chap stick tubes OR 15 lip balm containers
1. Boil water a few inches deep in a pot
2. Combine ingredients in a measuring cup. If your vitamin E is in pill form, create a small hole and squeeze gel out of capsules.
3. Place measuring cup in few inches of mildly boiling water (creating a double boiler effect to avoid burning and encourage even melting). Please handle with caution as hot oil and water mixing can be very dangerous.
4. Stir while ingredients melt together into a combined liquid
5. Once liquid is melted, poor into a spoon and let harden about 1 minute
6. Test the consistency of your mixture. Add more solids or liquids as needed. (example: more beeswax firms it up, and olive oil will make it less firm)
7. Place spoon back in melted mixture to remove test.
8. Once happy with consistency, carefully pour into tubes or containers. Measuring cup handle may be hot. I have heard that plastic droppers work well, but we had no problem carefully pouring it right out of the measuring cup.
Where I found my ingredients:
Organic olive oil (local health food store)
Organic coconut oil (local health food store)
Vitamin E tablets (local health food store)
Raw cocoa butter (ebay)
Empty chap stick tubes (ebay and a few pill boxes)
Raw beeswax (ebay)
clear printer labels (walmart)
Aren't they adorable?
Okay, so obviously this isn't a perfect science! What is nice, is you are able to test out your melted ingredient mix VERY easily along the way. I really enjoyed being able to adjust it until I was happy with it. The amount of ingedients may vary on your preference, but also the quality and density of your products. Use this recipe as a base, but don't be afraid to be creative.
Be Kind to your Recipients
Be sure to buy product that are basically edible, or food-grade quality since people will be putting this on their lips :) You can add flavors, colors and all sorts of exciting things... but beware that it may change how long your chap stick may last.
The Natural Smell
My end product had a nice and very light honey/coconut smell to it, and I REALLY like the texture. I was impressed with the product more than I thought I would. The vitamin E really helps to smooth everything out, so don't skip!
Dress 'em Up!
I think it is SO worth it to spend a little more to add the finishing touch of personalized labels. I purchased the tiny clear avery printer labels and listed the ingredients so those with allergies could be aware :)
Cost per Tube
The total cost I think was around $1 per tube, but I have seriously 75 percent of all my ingredients left! Most things come in 10-16 ounces worth, so go half-sies with a friend. If I used up all my products, I think it would be around .25 a tube!
I would LOVE to hear how your chapstick-making adventures go or if you make any awesome new recipes or discoveries, so keep me in the loop!
I have to show off my chap-stick helper who snuck into a photo :)
(don't mind my messy closet in the background) My family was visiting this week, and of course my dad jumped right in on my newest project and did all the pouring! He has always been so supportive of my little hobbies through the years. I love you dad!