DIY Chapstick / Lip Balm

Being a huge fan of DIY cosmetics lately, I went ahead and did some chapsticks!  They don’t have any ingredients that really expire, so you can make a bunch and they stay good forever!

The amounts I used here make a bunch of tubes, about 20-25, so you can shrink the recipe down to make just a few.  (I get the empty tubes here)

As usual, I use a pyrex measuring cup in a boiling water bath to melt all the ingredients as follows:

OR if you’re like me and like to play around with your recipes, here’s a general guideline:

Then just melt it all down and pour into your containers!

Have fun, and don’t be afraid to experiment!

 

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be putting on your body.

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Simple Facial Moisturizer

EDIT: This one is my favorite BY FAR! You only need a little at a time, so it lasts a while, it goes in REALLY smooth, and smells great!  Not to mention, super easy to make.  No more store-bought moisturizers for me!

Sometimes, less is more, and this one has the base ingredients for a very smooth application, and it won’t clog your pores!  In addition, the oils in this recipe are all known to help with acne, so it made my PMS much less crappy by clearing my breakout and preventing more! 🙂

Here’s what I used:

Same how-to as always:

  1. Heat all the ingredients except for the glycerin and essential oils in a double-boiler (or as I do, in a Pyrex cup submerged partially in boiling water)
  2. Add the glycerin and essential oils
  3. Mix!!!
  4. Pour into your container
  5. Let cool in fridge
  6. Apply the wonderfulness!  You only need small amounts at a time, so this will last you a while 🙂

 

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be putting on your body.

 

 

DIY Moisturizer with UV Protection

Recently, I’ve turned into a big fan of melting down butters and oils and making my own lotions, moisturizers, etc.  Today I’d like to share a recipe with hand-picked and extensively researched ingredients that are all known to help with acne and have anti-aging properties like reducing and preventing wrinkles, and rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

In addition, I get Prickly Heat (Heat Rash) from living in the desert, and these ingredients really calm it down and make my rash disappear, especially the zinc oxide 🙂

So let’s get to it!  I used a kitchen scale to measure out the larger quantities, and the rest of the oils I measured by drops used.

  • 1.5oz Mango Butter (anti-inflammatory, UV protection, anti-aging, contains antioxidants, etc.)
  • 0.3oz Kokum Butter (healing, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, etc.)
  • 1.0oz Almond Oil (hypoallergenic, anti-aging, rich in antioxidants, especially Vitamin E, rich in Vitamin A – reduces acne, rich in zinc – treats rashes, etc.)
  • 0.5oz Safflower Oil (high in linoleic acid – great for improving the texture and strength of your skin, reduces wrinkles and brightens complexion, combines with the sebum in pores to reduce rashes and acne, etc)
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, healing, etc.)
  • 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil (antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, healing, etc.)
    – Optional, some may not like the scent
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, aids in oil secretions – preventing acne, healing, cooling to the skin, etc.)
  • 10 drops Pomegranate Seed Oil (prevents UV damage & wrinkles, reduces skin inflammation, aids in skin repair, protects from sun damage, etc.)
  • 10 drops Carrot Seed Oil (great for acne, rich in antioxidants, anti-aging, regenerative & reparative on skin, etc.)
  • 10 drops Pumpkin Seed Oil (also great for acne, anti-aging, healing, rich in antioxidants, especially in Vitamin E, rich in zinc, etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Zinc Oxide powder (for UV protection) – Optional

You can exclude some of the oils, I used a lot of different ones, but try to at least include one or two of the Essential Oils and at least one of the last 3 oils listed, they have some really great properties.

I combined the first 3 ingredients and melted them down in a Pyrex measuring cup that was sitting in a saucepan with some water in it.  (Make sure no water gets inside the pyrex cup, or whatever container you choose to use) Then I removed the cup from the saucepan and added all the other oils, and mixed it up very well.  I added the zinc oxide powder last, and again, mixed well.  You can use a whisk for this, and add a little of the powder at a time.  I then poured it all into the final containers (I had enough for two and a half of these) and set them in the fridge for a bit, because I’m impatient 😉

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The final result came out beautifully, and is very soft on the skin.  You only need to use a little bit at a time on the face and neck, and it goes on so smoothly, looks and smells great too!

For another recipe, see my previous DIY moisturizer post.

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be putting on your body.

DIY Facial Moisturizer

This particular mix has essentially eliminated any acne.  Long story short, fill a saucepan halfway with water, and place a container inside, such as a pyrex measuring cup, or other container that is safe for high temperatures.  Let the water boil then bring it to a simmer.img_0935.jpg

Place 2 tablespoons of Ivory Raw Unrefined Shea Butter and 2 tablespoons of Raw Cocoa Butter into the inner container and watch it melt.

Once the butters have melted, add essential oils and mix them in.  For this particular one I went with 10 drops of each:

Organic Pure Safflower Oil

Lemongrass Oil

Natural Tea Tree Oil

Once it has cooled slightly, transfer mixture to the final container , an amber jar is recommended.   Feel free to put it in the fridge at this point to speed up the final cooling process.

Once it’s cooled and solid-ish, you’re good to go!  Apply to face/neck/anywhere.  It smells great too 🙂

Tip: if you want to skip a step and only use one container, I’ve used the pyrex small containers in the water bath and just mixed in the oils there, took them out, tossed the lid on, and done.

 

NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite.  You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be putting on your body.