I can hardly believe Christmas is just two weekends away! Each year the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas seems to become shorter. Perhaps that’s because I keep adding new homemade gifts to try out. Fortunately this years DIY presents are fairly simple to make, it’s just collecting the materials that took me a little while.
My first Christmas gift project are homemade chap-sticks with essential oils. Just 4 ingredients! I did not realize what a big batch this one little recipe makes (about 12 tubes), so I have a lot of extra on hand. If you want to make more than one scent, cut the mixture in half before adding your oils.
What you will need:
- Coconut oil
- Bees wax (my mother in law gave me bees wax from her own bees in Virginia and I love it!)
- Vitamin E oil (or liquid capsules)
- Essential oil (I made one batch with peppermint and the other with lavender)
- Chap-stick tubes (I got a package of 25 from Amazon for $5.50 with free shipping, that’s 0.22 cents a tube! – Lip Balm Empty Container Tubes, Translucent)
- Add 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of bees wax and 6 drops of vitamin E oil into a glass bowl.
- Melt ingredients over a double boiler (fill a pot with a few inches of water and bring to a boil, place glass bowl over top and make sure there’s at least an inch between the bottom of the bowl and the water).
- Once the contents are entirely melted remove from stove. Add 20 drops of essential oils. This recipe yields 12 lip balm tubes. If you want two separate scents from one batch then divide the melted ingredients in half before adding 10 drops of essential oils to each portion.
- Use a pipette (plastic dropper as shown in the first picture bellow) to fill the chap-stick tubes.
- Fill each tube gradually, in thirds or fourths, letting the liquid set a little in between. I found from the first batch that if you fill the tube right away, when the liquid sets, you are more likely to have cracks on the surface. Letting it set in increments should help avoid this.
- The wax will set fairly quickly so you may need to reheat the mixture over the boiling pot once or twice as you go.
Let the lip balms set and now they are ready for your own cute labels. These make great stocking stuffers!
Stay tuned for more DIY Christmas gifts ideas next week!