Homemade Lip Balm

Lip Balm
This recipe makes 8 oz. of lip balm.

The specialty ingredients listed below are available from Lorann Oils.  
  • Beeswax beads, 2 Tbsp.
  • Shea butter, 21/2 Tbsp.
  • Cocoa butter, 11/2 Tbsp.
  • Olive oil, 4 Tbsp.
  • Lipstick as colorant, thin slice (optional)
  • Vitamin E, 2 drops
  • Liquipar Optima Antimicrobial, 2 drops (optional)
  • LorAnn flavoring oil of choice, 1 Tsp. or 1/4 oz.
  • Lip balm tubes or shallow containers
Combine the first five ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.  Heat at 30 second intervals (stirring between) just until the solids melt. Stir in the remaining ingredients and pour into the containers.  The lip balm will become firm at room temperature.

Now make it artful...

To decorate the containers use RB Double-stick craft tape to adhere micro beads or glitter and gilded stripes.  RB Double-stick craft tape is available in three sizes!

  1. To create the candy-cane effect shown, first wrap the entire tube with a continuous strip of 1/4" wide tape.  Do not leave any spaces between the wraps.  Remove the red liner.  
  2. Next  spiral a widely spaced layer of 1/16" craft tape over the existing tape.  Do not remove the liner for this layer.  
  3. Apply RB Aluminum leafing to the exposed tape making sure it covers right up to the spiraled layer of 1/16" tape.  Buff the leafing with a dry swiffer dusting cloth to remove excess flakes.  
  4. Remove the red liner from the 1/16" tape.  Press red or green microbeads or glitter onto the exposed tape.  
Quick, easy, fun and, best of all, artfully homemade!  You can get more creative with various tape sizes and fancy glitter or beads, etc.  I intentionally kept the illustrations very basic so that the ease and simplicity of the concept would be clear.  

Here are some fun, creative possibilities.  Of course some aren't pocket or purse-friendly but would make darling gift accents or stocking stuffers.

--Make the tube look like a snowman!
Cover the tube with white glitter and the cap with black.  Cut a disc to fit over the cap and create a brim so that the lid looks like a stovepipe hat.  Use a toothpick to dot eyes and a mouth with black paint and apply an orange carrot nose!

--How about an angel?
The cap is the head and the tube, the dress. Cut out gold wings and attach.
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