Looking for rainy day projects, particularly garden inspired indoor activities? Our latest endeavor at the Hiland Hall Gardens has been to create the perfect lip balm. However, this process has not been without its failures . . .
We’ve made a crayon-tinted lip balm, but I won’t even bother giving you the recipe, since it came out unpleasantly waxy. We created a lavender lip balm, but the result was a bit too perfumey. Our teenager-approved, absolute best. all natural lip balm recipe is one that actually uses fresh berries to create a slight pink tint, great flavor, plus has wonderful moisturizing properties!
To make this lip balm even more healing (and pretty!), we added dried calendula flower petals, which have been used traditionally to soothe skin irritation, sunburn and inflammation. We also added Flower Carpet rose petals. We dried these flowers from our garden this summer and have had a blast integrating them into multiple creative projects. If have not dried your own petals, be sure to purchase organically grown flower petals. Chemicals used on plants can transfer to the final product and be absorbed by the body. (Flower Carpet roses are great for integrating into beauty products, since they do not require chemicals to keep performing.)
Here’s what you will need for this easy project:
Yield: about 6 lip balm containers
- 8 tablespoons Coconut Oil (available at most grocery stores)
- 4 tablespoons Beeswax (available at craft stores and online sources)
- 2 Vitamin E capsules (this helps to preserve the lip balm and is healing for skin)
- 10 drops of essential oil (I used orange oil and grapefruit oil to make this one pop with a citrus scent.)
- ¼ cup of fresh or frozen organic berries (I used raspberries)
- A handful of dried flower petals (I used calendula and Flower Carpet rose petals)
- Small containers with lids (reuse lip balm containers or purchase small containers with lids)
- Two pots or a pot and smaller bowl to make a “double boiler” .
- One pot for heating berries
- Strainer for berry seeds
- Medicine dropper
Here’s how to make your berry-tinted lip balm in a few easy steps . . .
- Heat the coconut oil in a “double boiler” by adding oil to bowl or smaller pot and placing within a pot of simmering water. (Using the double-boiler method helps to prevent burning the oils). Keep water at a simmer, not a hard boil.
- Add the beeswax, vitamin E (poke a hole into the capsule and drain), and essential oils.
- In another small pot, warm the berries over low heat. Once the berries are warm and have become the consistency of a soup (you can mash them if needed), strain the liquid to separate it from the seeds.
- Add the berry juice to the lip balm mixture in the double boiler. Keep stirring to allow the berry juice to fully integrate into the mixture. Allow the mixture to completely melt and become almost soup-like.
- Use a medicine dropper to transfer into sanitized containers, add petals with a spoon if you wish.
- Let cool for about twenty minutes before using. Enjoy!