Soft, smooth, yummy, ALL NATURAL, fun to make, endless creative smelling possibilities – all packaged in an itty bitty, cute container. Did I sell you on making some all natural lip balm or hard lotion? You’ll be glad you said YES. 😉
Jennifer, my professional aromatherapist friend, taught me how to make this fun stuff. She learned from her friend who is graciously sharing her recipe with all of us! (adapted from recipe found here). I wasn’t familiar with hard lotion, but I tried some of Jennifer’s and I can see why people love it! You just rub it in your hands or on rough spots like you would a bar of soap (without water). This makes it easy to target dry spots and the beeswax (included to make it hard) helps lock in the moisture, so I am told.
Because we love pictures around here, this picture tutorial will hopefully speak for itself.
Let’s start with one of the most fun parts – picking your container. The Sage.com has the best prices Jennifer has found and From Nature with Love has the best selection with great prices as well. Look at these colorful lid colors…
Here is a shot of all the containers we used for this project. For the hard lotion, you don’t have to have professional molds – in fact I love what Jennifer uses. See if you can spot the “free” molds.
She used an empty laundry detergent measuring container and an empty cookie tray. So clever!
Jennifer had this tray for molding soap – it worked perfect for Hard Lotion as well.
Here is the next clever thing Jennifer taught me – you can use an old egg carton and turn it into a stand to hold your empty lip balm containers while you fill them so they don’t tip over. Genius. To make it SUPER simple, look on the bottom for the ones that have these circles already indented in them.
Then just grab your vegetable peeler (perfect size) or craft knife and cut around the circle. If you don’t have an egg carton with the circles, just trace the container and then cut on the line.
Hard Lotion Base and Lip Balm Ingredients:
1 oz. hard lotion base
1.7 ml Natural Vanilla Oil (the sage.com)
4 drops peppermint essential oil
Hard Lotion Tubes
- 10 drops Essential Oil blend
- 14 drops Wild Orange & 4 drops Ylang Ylang (a fruity floral combination that smells a bit exotic)
- 7 drops Frankincense & 7 drops Peppermint (warm, bright & sweet all at the same time and it could ease a headache too!). I love this combination!