DIY All-Natural Lip Balm

December 5, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hello hello! It’s DIY time again! :)

Did you like last week’s All-Natural Aftershave DIY? This week Militza from Little Green Dot and I have teamed up again to bring you a scrummy Myrrh & Palmarosa Lip Balm. It turns out lip balm is actually pretty easy to make! And this stuff is all-natural, with no icky ingredients – yay! And like the Aftershave, we’ve used some beautiful essential oils to make it smell heavenly.

I can imagine making these for little girls and grown up girls alike, I mean… who doesn’t love pretty-smelling cosmetics? :)

DIY Lip Balm

To get the most out of these lovely lip balms, we asked herbalist Alina, from Abundant Earth, to tell us which essential oils would be the most beneficial for our lips. She recommended that we use Myrrh and Palmarosa Essential oils, which will give a very soft rose scent. YUM! And as an added extra, both these oils have health benefits! Myrrh, treasured for it’s spiritual significance, heals dried, cracked lips, and makes them super soft. Palmarosa moisturises the lips, and gives a soft, rose-like aroma. Cool huh!

So let’s get started shall we?

DIY Lip Balm

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 2 Tbs Shea Butter
– 2 Tbs Almond or Coconut Oil
– 1 Tbs Beeswax (the natural-coloured beeswax is fine too)
– 2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
– 3 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
– Small bowl & burner (we used a small ceramic bowl and candle, a small saucepan on the stove would also work)
– Small jug
– Small empty lip balm pots (or repurpose little jars)

Step 1.
Put the Shea Butter, Beeswax, Almond/Coconut Oil, and Essential Oils into the bowl above your lit burner. If you’re using the stove, make sure it’s on very low, and always keep an eye on it.

DIY Lip BalmStep 2.
Keep an eye on the mixture and gently stir every now and then until everything is melted and it becomes clear. It should never boil, just gently melt. Be very careful when handling the pot/saucepan as it will be hot.

DIY Lip Balm

Step 3.
Using a dry cloth to hold the bowl if it’s hot, transfer the melted mixture into a small jug. Then use the small jug to fill the lip balm pots. This amount of mixture was enough to fill 2 small pots.

DIY Lip BalmStep 4.
Leave the lip balm to set. Once it’s opaque and solid, you’re good to go! Seal it up and get to thinking about how you’re going to decorate the jar…

I’ve created some lovely black and white labels for you to download and use to decorate your lip balms. Once you’ve downloaded the file you need (A4 or LETTER) you’ll noticed that there are two pages – one with the labels the right way around, the other with the labels in reverse.

Lip Balm LabelsA4 or LETTER

Page one: Labels the right way around – Print on sticker paper.
Page two: Labels in reverse – Below you’ll see some cute little gift bags we created to package the Lip Balms in, and for this you’ll need Iron-On transfer paper, and the reversed labels.

Here’s how we decorated our two pots of Lip Balm – feel free to get creative though, we’ve included lots of different labels so you can have fun with it!

DIY Lip Balm

You’ll need:
– Finished and cooled Lip Balms, sealed
– Plain Muslin Bag
– Ribbon
– Tape
– A printed sheet of labels (the right way around) on sticker paper. Cut out the ones you want.
– A printed sheet of the reversed labels on Iron-on Transfer paper. Cut out ones you want to use according to packet instructions.

JAR 1:
We decided to use one of the full-jar stickers, so start by peeling off the backing, then position the circle part over the jar lid and stick down. The wrap the two arms around the jar and secure on the bottom.

DIY Lip BalmJAR 2:
For jar 2 we wanted to use some ribbon. Start by measuring out and cutting some ribbon, wrap it around the jar and secure the ends on the bottom of the jar with tape. Cut out one of the round stickers and peel off the backing. Stick it on top of the lid, over the ribbon.

DIY Lip BalmThat’s it!

DIY Lip Balm

To make a gift bag to package your new lip balms in, cut out the labels you want from the ones you printed on the Iron-On Transfer Paper. Iron them onto the muslin bag according to the packet instructions.

DIY Lip Balm DIY Lip Balm

Doesn’t it look great?! I’m sure it’d be well-received if you were to make these for someone special :)

Thank you again to Militza for teaming up with me on these lovely DIYs! Be sure you check out her blog for loads more all-natural and eco-friendly tips, workshops, and tutorials :)

Loving… Seventh Tree Soaps

April 30, 2013 | Loving...

You know how we were talking about natural beauty products a couple of weeks ago? Well, I’ve found some more for you! And this time, the packaging and presentation have me as smitten as the products themselves!

These gorgeous soaps, lip balms and serums are all from Seventh Tree Soaps, aren’t they lovely? And they’d be perfect for Mother’s Day! In fact, they’ve even put together the two packs below specifically for that purpose. You can customise them for your Mum by choosing which flavour of soap and lip balm you’d like. Perfect!

I just love stumbling across shops like this, with not only beautiful products, but with an eye for quirky packaging and effective styling. Bravo!

If you’d like to get your hands on some for yourself (or for your Mum) Seventh Tree Soaps have an Etsy shop here.. so be sure to drop by and see all the other goodies they make! And to all our Aussie readers out there – you’re in luck! They’re based in Sydney :)

Inspired by natural beauty products

April 18, 2013 | Inspired by...

Ah, beauty products. Do you have any favourites?

I’ve found that as I’ve grown older, I’ve become more attracted to the natural and organic beauty products, especially when it comes to basic skin care. I think I’d like to branch out and try more natural products for my shower routine too, which leads me to my amazing finds below!

It all came about when I was scouting around Etsy today for something totally unrelated, and I came across this delicious sounding bath soak from Herbivore Botanicals, which then sent me on an hours-long adventure into the world of natural beauty products on Etsy. There are loads of great options, and these are just a few of the ones that stood out to me. Aren’t they just lovely?

Any take your fancy too? :)

1. Coconut Milk Oatmeal Bath Soak from Herbivore Botanicals
2. Vegan Soap Set from Right Soap
3. Gentle Day Moisturizer from Conscious Skincare
4. Balancing Face Oil from Kadria Skincare
5. Lip Balms from Herbivore Botanicals
6. Grapefruit Musk Bath & Body Oil from LucaBello Skincare
7. Flower Power Bath Salts from Spa Goddess
8. Body and Hand Sugar Scrub from Lady Gatsby