10/30/2016

How to Make a Simple DIY Lip Balm with Your Toddler


 
My toddler LOVES lip balms. So, I thought, "Why not make one with her?" I usually make lip and body balms for my family; it saves us money, and we know exactly what we're putting on our body. I just never thought of it as a possible toddler project till now. It is very easy and only requires few steps with adult supervision. I wish I had taken pictures of the whole process of making it, but I only thought of sharing it after the completion. Now, on with the lip balm!
This recipe will get you about 35g of lip balm.

You'll Need:
  • Scale (for measuring)
  • Small Pot/Saucepan (half full with water, or less)
  • Glass Bowl/Cup
  •  Small Lip Balm Containers
  • A Wooden Spoon
  • Timer
  • Stove 
Ingredients:
  • Beeswax 10g
  • Shea Butter 10g
  • Cocoa Butter 5g
  • Coconut Oil 10g 
Direction:
  1. Put the saucepan of water over low heat on the stove. 
  2. Immediately put the shea and cocoa butters in the glass bowl/cup and put the bowl in the saucepan to create a double boiler. 
  3. Let the butters melt and remain on heat for about 15-20 minutes. (The reason why I leave for that long is to avoid crystallization later. From my experience, body butters tend to crystallize after melting and cooling. When I leave it on heat for a longer period before cooling, I noticed that the crystallization doesn't happen).
  4. After 15-20 minutes, turn off the oven and add the beeswax and coconut oil in the bowl. Stir the mixture until completely melted. 
  5. Immediately put your lip balm container/s in the hot water to get them sterilized for about two minutes. 
  6. Finally, transfer the mixture into the lip balm containers. Let it cool for about 20-30 minutes, then put it in a refrigerator to cool down even more (optional).
*Note: Your toddler can participate by helping you measure and put the ingredients in the bowl. He/she can also time the duration of the mixture on heat, and take the harden lip balms out of the refrigerator. 

You are free to customize the lip balm as you desire. If you want it softer, add less beeswax or cocoa butter, or more coconut oil. You can even make it without the cocoa butter. This recipe turned out exactly how I wanted it; not too hard, and not too soft. I usually make it a bit softer, but my toddler finishes it within a day or two because she is obsessed with lip balms. She spreads it not only on her lips, but also on her whole face, hair, arms, and legs sometimes. Having it a bit harder gives it the perfect consistency to last longer with her.

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