DIY Nourishing Winter Lip Balm

Not that long ago I posted a tutorial on making a chocolate lip balm, whilst this was indeed a tasty treat for your lips, it didn’t feel very nourishing or last very long (this could be as a result of constantly licking ones lips constantly because it was so sweet). I decided to take inspiration from Reform Stead and make something a bit more hearty for the winter. 20171115_135912

I also realised that its possible to melt down lip balm that didnt work, with my chocolate lip balm, the top layer went funny as it was basically honey and cocoa only, making it gooey and not in a good way. I decided to melt it down, clean out the tubes and make something else. I put it in a double boiler, water outside and inside the pyrex dish, it took about 20 minutes to melt but totally worked without affecting the tubes at all.

This lip balm is firm and when you put it on, it feels waxy but in a good way, you can tell its providing a protective shield.

DIY Nourishing Winter Lip Balm

Makes: 11 lip balms Making time: 1 hour  Dry time: 24 hours minimum Overall time: 25 hours

  • 2 tablespoons grated beeswax or beeswax pellets
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 teaspoons castor oil
  • 10g Mango butter (I used a small piece from the pot)
  • 20 drops cherry essential oil

Now to make these nourishing balms

1.  Over  a ban marie or double boiler (or cheat like I do and use a Pyrex jug in a pan with water) add the beeswax, shea butter, almond oil, castor oil and mango butter in a small heat proof bowl. Bring the water to the boil and then allow to simmer, until the mixture is just melted. You can stir the mixture but you dont need to stir it constantly.20171115_204505

2. Whilst your oils and butter are melting together, get your lip balm containers ready. I find it easy to put five (5) together and wrap a rubber band (loom bands work perfectly) around them, this stops them falling over when filling them. I also like to put them in a small plastic container, so that if there is any spillage, its contained. I find it easier to use my Pyrex jug making lip balm, as the spout on the jug allows for easy pouring.

3.  Once fully melted, turn off heat and take container out of the pan. Allow your oils and butters to cool.  If you add in the essential oil now, it can damage it. You dont want it to solidify but just to be cooler. Once it has cooled down, add in your essential oil and stir well. You may decide to add more or less the recommended amount, thats ok. Once you get a scent you are happy with, call it done. 20171115_205531

4. Pour the mixture into the lip balm tubes and allow to cool completely. Do NOT pour all of the mixture into the tubes (leave 1-2 teaspoons spare). As your mixture cools, A (small) depression will form in the center, use the spare balm that you didn’t use to fill this in, leaving a even finish. Simply reheat the leftover balm and add it to the tubes. Allow your lip balms to set over night.

Technically now you are done with your lip balm, HORRAY.  Like last time, I decided to take it a step further and created the labels for the tubes. I had a few glossy adhesive sheets, which were perfect for this! Be sure to clean the outside of your tubes before applying the labels! You will have drips and this will affect the adhesion!


So here are a few resources that I found and were SUPER helpful (ish). Whilst I dont sell my products I still want to present them in a professional way. Labeling Your Products : Lip Balm gives great advice on how to create labels that meet a USA legal standard, even offering a free downloadable template. I wasn’t sure how to even create a template, as I wanted mine to be unique and this free template was the right size for small lip balm tubes. I tried using it but Word and I started getting into a fight and my images were shifting and yeah… In the end I measured my tubes, length and width (kind of guessed here) and then went into word, made four columns, sized them accurately for the tube and went from there. Oh and if you didnt know, you can get all kinds of great royalty free photos at Pixabay, a great selection you can use across all your crafts!

Notes: You can change the scent by using a different essential oil, I would actually suggest sweet orange oil but I think cherry works well for winter or any season.

I bought my lip balm tubes on Ebay but they can be found a variety of different stores.

Remember to share with friends! 🙂

DIY winter skin potion

As winter approaches you notice that you skin starts to feel less plump and healthy and  more dry and cracked. Sadly my skin has been breaking recently when I knock against something. Frustratingly, no matter how much store bought lotion I seem to apply, it doesn’t make a real difference. I figured if I can make soap and lip balms, why not have a go at making something stronger than lotions I already buy. Thats exactly what Ive done and have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

Based on the ingredients, I think this is more of a butter than a lotion, so Im just going to call it a potion. I have hyper sensitive skin and need to be careful as to what I use. For me, this is a winner. Naturally this wont stop me from making and trying out other lotion potiony recipes! 🙂

I thought I have this clever thing called Google, it can answer my many questions (sometimes I ask why more than a three year old) and typed in What is the difference between lotion and body butter, apparently this is a common question.  The answers varied but in short here is a summary: 

Body Oils soften and nourish the skin, as they resemble the natural oils in our skin they are easily absorbed. However, as oils are not water-based they may be more likely to cause breakouts, so its best to avoid acne prone areas such as back, face, and chest. Oils are ideally applied to warm, damp skin, like after a shower or bath.

Body lotions are lighter than body butter and oils, as they contain more water than oils and butters and absorb quickly as a result. It doesn’t moisturise as much or last/stay on as long as a butter or oil do. Lotions are better for skin that isn’t as dry or for people who tend to have oilier skin.

Body butter is the thickest of the three potions and they provide the strongest possible protective barrier to seal and lock in moisture. Body butter products are typically manufactured using a combination of carrier oils and essential butters. Body butters are applied to retain moisture, nourish the skin and lubricate.

Why this potion is good for you:

Shea butter is an excellent moisturiser for the face and the body. It locks in the moisture in the skin and keeps it hydrated for long, without clogging the pores, and is effective for dry skin.

Vitamin E oil is a nutrient to the skin whilst preventing and repairing radical damage.

Frankincense essential oil  can treat dry skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, scars, and stretch marks.

Peppermint essential oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles.

Eucalyptus oil has a cooling and refreshing effect whilst having vast remedial and healing properties.

A few things you need to know about this homemade potion, it is sightly greasy to begin with but it absorbs well. Its quite hard to begin with but softens/melts quickly with the heat of your fingers. You dont need a lot, in-fact use less than the size of a single pea to start out with, if you need more, get a little bit more but dont go crazy with it to begin with. Im using it currently as a everything lotion, Ive used it on my hands, feet (dry heels) and face (at night). Ive found that this works great on super dry skin overnight.


DIY winter Skin Potion

Makes: Just over a cups worth Prep time: 10 mins  Making time: 2.5 hours  Total time: 2 hours 40 mins minimum

  • 100g shea butter 
  • 20g mango butter
  • 5g  avocado oil
  • 15g apricot kernel oil (or you can remove Avocado and this oil and use coconut oil instead)
  • 25g beeswax
  • 2g of vitamin e oil
  • 3g frankincense essential oil
  • 2g peppermint essential oil
  • 2g eucalyptus essential oil

Unfortunately for the amounts Im using it became a big awkward trying to measure this with cups, so I gave it and pulled out my metric scales and it made life much easier! 

Now how to make this winter hydrating DIY potion:

If your beeswax is not already in pellet/small bead form, go ahead and grate it down. I use a cheap grater that I keep in my soaping box. This helps immensely when it all melts down, as the smaller pieces of wax melt more quickly (lesson learnt from previous potions).


1. In a bowl or milk jug, combine the shea butter mango butter and beeswax. You can use a traditional double boiler (bain marie) with a glass bowl or go with my route, I use a milk jug (which I use specifically for my crafting/making ONLY) in a pan with water.


2. Melt the ingredients over a low/medium heat in the double boiler. Do not rush this process, as you want the beeswax and butters to completely melt, which will solidify the potion making it creamy and rich. This should take between 10-15 mins. 


3. Take your liquid potion mixture off the heat and allow to cool down slightly. Maybe 5-10 minutes, feel the pan/bowl, if its too hot to touch, its too warm to add in the oils.  


4. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and add in the oils. You add them in after the oil is off the heat and cooled slightly, adding them before the mixture cools down will break down some of the therapeutic benefits of an essential oils (I forgot to shove the apricot kernel and avocado oil in the picture but I most certainly added it in).


5. After mixing in your oils and giving it a good stir, go ahead and pour it into pots/containers. As I used rather small pots(13-30g), the solidified within from 5-20 minutes, as you can see the first pot was solidifying by the time I poured the last pot. 


This is no whip recipe, so once its become a solid, you’re done! As this mixture has beeswax, you really cannot whip it (believe me, Ive tried), it makes no difference. Once set, it is a hard potion that will soften with the heat of your fingers and skin when being applied.


To use: Start with a pea sized amount and you’ll probably be surprised how moisturising it is and how just a little goes a long way.

Fancy some night time moisturising? Apply this potion liberally, massage and rub it in to your hands and feed for a few minutes and then put on a pair of cotton socks (or cotton gloves) after you apply the lotion. Leave overnight and your feet (or hands) will be moisturised and soft in the morning!

*Notes: When making body butters, potions, lotions, soaps or any body product, always make sure that the equipment, spoons, bowls etc you use will NEVER be used for edible purposes again and are only used to make body products with.

*When using any essential oils directly or indirectly on skin, ensure that you stay out of sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application. This might sound quirky but as per this article, the combination of sun and essential oils can cause the skin to severely burn and blister.

This works as great for your own dry skin and even better as a gift for friends and family, remember to share with friends and enjoy silky skin! 🙂