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Make your own lip balm with three ingredients

Welcome Autumn! 

We are officially into Pumpkin Season, and get to enjoy all the delicious snacks and beverages that come with it (PSL, anyone?). Now we get to enjoy long, flowing scarves, bulky sweaters, cute hats, and crochet! Pumpkin Patch pictures are a always a great idea, as the natural landscape makes a fantastic background for family photos. 

As the warm days turn cold, our skin will be thirsty for a little extra care. With most of us struggling to find the most natural, chemical-free products for our skin, I went looking for the simplest recipe with the lowest amount of ingredients to make a balm for my lips. I loved it so much, I use it as a lotion for extra-dry skin all year 'round. 

You can buy my lip balm in one of four tasty flavors here, or if you are a DIYer, I welcome you to try my recipe:

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All-Natural, Vegetarian-Blend Lip Balm 
*Yields at least 10, 10mL lip balms

Required Ingredients: 
1.5 tbsp Coconut Oil 
1.5 tbsp Beeswax
2 tbsp Olive Oil

Tools you may need:
- Measuring spoons and a leveling tool (I used a butter knife)
- A glass measuring cup or cup that can withstand high heat 
- A pot half-full of boiling water (this will help create a double-boiler)
- A spatula 
- A cloth or silicone mat 
- Lip Balm Containers (these are my favorite!) and cute labels*
- Food-safe sanitizing solution/ PPE (Mask, Gloves) 

Instructions: 
1. Prepare your work area: Use a clean cloth and food-safe sanitizing solution to wipe down your work space. Rinse your tools and lay them on the silicone mat/towel. Sanitize your hands and put on a mask and gloves. Clean your lip balm containers in warm, soapy water and air-dry ( you may wish to do this the night before, to give the containers time to completely dry ).
2. Set up your double-burner: Turn on your favored burner (mine is bottom-left) and place a pot half-full of water on top. Place a clean and dry mug or glass measuring cup inside the pot of water. Do not let water inside the glass. When the water starts to steam, you are ready. You can turn the temperature down (but not off) at this point as your ingredients will melt quickly. 
3. Measure and pour your ingredients: Starting with Beeswax, measure your ingredients directly into the pot. When the beeswax is about half-melted, add the coconut oil. When the coconut oil is melted, turn off the heat and add the olive oil. Continue stirring with a spatula until all ingredients are mixed and melted. 
4. (optional) Add flavor and/or color: Using food-safe flavorings (I like these). Start with 3-4 drops and use disposable tooth picks to test the strength until you find the flavor you like.
5. Cool down: Continue stirring until the mixture cools down enough to stick to the walls of the glass. At this consistency, your mixture is ready to pour.
6. Pour: Gently pour your mixture into containers and stand them in a safe area to solidify. This process can take a few hours, you can use this time to get your labels ready and/or clean your workspace. When your balm is solid, you can place the cap on them. 
7. Label Your Lip Balm: *If you are making these for sale in Canada, your lip balm falls under the Cosmetics Labeling requirements found on canada.ca.  Please head over there to make sure your labeling contains all the necessary information.* Otherwise, a cute label will make these great gift-items for friends and family. You can use websites such as canva.ca to make and print cute labels -- print these on sticker paper and wrap it around the container and they are ready to give!  

FAQ
1. Why are you melting the ingredients in a specific order? 
a) I personally chose to melt them in this order because of the melting points. These exact ingredients produce the best flavor and aroma when gently melted. Beeswax, having the highest melting point, needs more time to heat and melt than coconut oil or olive oil. Coconut oil, being solid at room temperature, needs very little heat to melt but still needs more heat than olive oil, which is liquid at room temperature. 
2. Why not just microwave your ingredients? 
a) You can certainly do that, but I feel more comfortable gently melting the ingredients and continuously stirring them. I cannot stir them while the microwave is on, and there seems to be  a higher risk of burns associated with melting oils in a microwave. 
3. Can I substitute ingredients? 
a) Yes, for the most part, you can use any hard oils (shea butter, for example) that are food-grade, as well as any other liquid oils (vegetable oil, canola oil, etc) but these are my preferred ingredients after extensive research into what each oil does for your skin. You WILL have a different experience, and produce a different product when using different ingredients and different amounts. Always be wary of this when you are using recipes to make things.