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Natural feijoa lip scrub

Difficulty: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 pots (15 ml each)

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Lip scrubs are totally underrated in the skincare routine. We pamper, cleanse and protect our skin, but our lips often just get a lick of balm and that’s it. Regular exfoliation also benefit our lips, not only making them smooth for lipstick, but by removing dead skin cells, which helps keep lips soft and supple, retaining moisture and preventing cracked lips. Just like our skin needs looking after, so do our lips.

This feijoa lip scrub is made from only natural ingredients, including brown sugar, sweet almond oil, and ground dried feijoa fruit. The benefit of this recipe is it helps exfoliate by gently scrubbing, but the mild acidity (think AHA) from the feijoa also helps loosen the dead skin cells by dissolving the glue-like lipids holding them to the fresh, new skin cells underneath.

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To get the ground dried feijoa (the brown powder in the picture above), you can either use a food dehydrator, if you are lucky enough to have one, otherwise you can use the oven. For this tutorial, you only need one feijoa. Slice the fruit into 3-5 mm slices and place them on a baking tray lined with a sheet of baking paper, or ideally on a wire rack. Heat the oven to the minimum setting it has, usually around 60 degrees Celsius. Turn the slices over a couple of times during the dehydrating process. Depending on your oven, it can take about 4 hours for the fruit to completely dry out. If you don’t want the feijoa to go brown like mine (that’s just natural oxidation), you can dip them in a solution of 1 teaspoon of citric acid to one cup of water before dehydrating. Once dehydrated, grind the slices in a blender.

ONE: Add the dry ingredients, brown sugar and ground feijoa, to a small bowl.

TWO: Next, add the glycerin and sweet almond oil, and give everything a good stir.

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THREE: I’m adding one drop of spearmint essential oil and two drops of lemon essential oil to this scrub for a clean, refreshing fragrance, and because of its cooling, calming and antimicrobial properties, helping to keep your lips healthy.

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FOUR: Lastly, scoop the exfoliating scrub into the pots. Enjoy!

To use this yummy feijoa scrub, apply a generous amount to your lips and gently rub in circular motion without any pressure. Because the scrub also contains moisturising sweet almond oil, leave it on your lips for a minute or so to absorb the oil, and then using a damp cloth, gently wipe off. For the perfect kissable pout, exfoliate your lips once a week!

Natural feijoa lip scrub

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground dried feijoa
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop spearmint essential oil
  • 4 lip balm pots (15 ml)

Directions

  1. Measure out the sugar and ground feijoa into a small bowl.
  2. Add the glycerin and sweet almond oil and stir until everything has been mixed thoroughly.
  3. Add the essential oils and give it another good stir.
  4. Scoop the exfoliating scrub into the pots. Enjoy!

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Bronze lip shimmer (vegan)

Difficulty: beginner
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 10 lip balm tubes (5 g each)

I wanted to create a lip balm that gives your lips a touch of bronze shimmer, but without it being too obvious. The bronze is a perfect match to sun-kissed skin. The lip balm will not tint your lips, just add a light bronze shimmery shine to your lips and at the same time nourish and protect your lips.

You will need sweet almond oil, castor oil, mango butter, candelilla wax, a lip-safe fruity flavour oil, and a lip-safe copper mica.

ONE: Before you start, prepare your lip balm tubes by holding them together with an elastic band, like in the photograph above. This will help with the pouring.

TWO: Next, combine the oils, butter and wax in a small pot and place on the stove until all the oils, butter and wax have completely melted.

Take the pot off the stove.

THREE: Add the mica to the now melted oil/butter/wax mixture and stir well to blend the colour evenly throughout the mixture. Sometimes mica likes to form clumps at the surface. Just give it a spritz of isopropyl alcohol, which will break them up and disperse more easily into the oil.

FOUR: Add your flavour oil and if you choose to, a few drops of stevia. Make sure your stevia is oil-based and not water based, otherwise it won’t mix with the oil. Once again, give everything a good stir.

FIVE: Carefully pour the liquid balm into the tubes and leave them to harden for a few hours. Make sure the lip balm has completely cooled down before putting the lids on to prevent condensation forming on the inside of the lids.

The colour of the balm appears strongly tinted but after testing, it really does only leave a hint of shimmer. Enjoy!


Bronze lip shimmer (vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 20 ml sweet almond oil
  • 5 ml castor oil
  • 15 g mango butter
  • 15 g candelilla wax
  • 10 drops lip-safe fruity flavour oil
  • a couple of drops of stevia to sweeten (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lip-safe copper mica
  • heat-proof glass jug (i.e. Pyrex jug)
  • 10 lip balm tubes (5 ml)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the lipstick tubes, by holding them together with an elastic band for easy pouring.
  2. Combine the oils, butter and wax in a small pot and place it on the stove on medium setting until all the oils, butter and wax have melted.
  3. Take the pot off the stove and mix in the mica until the colour has completely dispersed throughout the oil.
  4. Add the flavour oil and give it another good stir.
  5. Carefully pour the oil into the tubes and leave them to harden and cool completely before putting the lids on.
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DIY Lipstick

Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 10 lipsticks

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Making your own lipstick can seem daunting at first, but once you’ve made your first lipstick, you’ll want to keep making more! Not only can you make sure you only use natural ingredients, you also get to do the fun part of playing with colours. For extra fun, why not make it a girls night in and turn it into a crafty lipstick party?

PS For a lipstick party, just make double or triple the amount of lipstick base, separate into different containers, and each person gets to colour one of the containers. Fill the tubes and share the colours!

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ONE: Measure out all the oils and waxes into a small pot. I’m using a blend of white beeswax and candelilla wax that will give you a solid, yet still spreadable and smooth texture. Both candelilla wax and the castor oil will bring gloss and shine to the lipstick. As will the jojoba oil with the extra benefit that it will condition and soften your lips. Shea butter will also add moisture and protect your lips.

For a vegan option, replace the white beeswax with half the amount of carnauba wax.

TWO: Place the pot on the stove and on a low-medium setting, warm the ingredients until they are completely melted. Don’t walk away, because it will only take a few minutes at the most. You do not want to bring the ingredients to boil!

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Take the pot off the stove and set it aside. Don’t worry, it will stay liquid, while you mix the colour.

THREE: In a small bowl combine 1-3 tablespoons of lip-safe mica and 1-2 teaspoons of jojoba oil, and stir to a smooth paste. If you want a sheer colour, like I did, use only 1 tablespoon of mica in 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil. For a more richer colour add 2  tablespoons of mica to 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil.

For a more opaque colour, add 1/4 teaspoon of micronised titanium dioxide to the paste. The titanium dioxide will add opacity to your lipstick (make it less sheer and more like a colour), with the added bonus of providing natural UVA and UVB protection.

FOUR: Add the mica paste to the liquid oils in the pot and stir briskly until all the colour is evenly dispersed throughout.

FIVE: Carefully pour the mixture in the lipstick tubes. Unless you have one of those handy lip balm pouring trays (and I don’t) or a very steady hand (and I don’t have that either), this will be a very messy part. The best way is to tie a rubber band around all the lipstick tubes to hold them together. If you can’t find a rubber band, you can place the tubes into a little cup to keep them from falling over. Either way, it will become a bit messy!

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Leave the lipstick to harden and cool down completely before putting the lids on.

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DIY Lipstick

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon white beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons candelilla wax
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons castor oil
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons lip-safe mica
  • 1/4 teaspoon micronised titanium dioxide (optional)
  • 10 lipstick tubes

Directions

  1. Measure out all the oils and waxes in a small pot.
  2. Place the pot on the stove and on a low-medium setting, warm the ingredients until they are completely melted, BUT DO NOT BRING TO BOIL! Note: this will only take a few minutes at the most!
  3. Take the pot off the stove. In a small bowl combine 1-2 tablespoons of lip-safe mica and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil, and stir to a smooth paste.
  4. Add the mica paste to the liquid oils in the pot and stir briskly until all the colour is evenly dispersed throughout.
  5. Carefully pour the mixture in the lipstick tubes and leave to harden and cool down completely before putting the lids on.

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Coconut and feijoa lip balm

Difficulty: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 5 pots (15 ml each)

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Watch out, this coconut and feijoa flavoured lip balm is so yummy that you’ll want to eat it!

ONE: Measure out the coconut oil and beeswax in a small pot. If you want a vegan option, you can use candelilla wax instead. Heat on the stove on medium until the wax has fully melted and it is fully liquid.

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TWO: Take the pot of the stove and add the feijoa flavour oil. Make sure that the flavour oil you are using is lip-safe! Not all fragrances are approved for use on lips, even if they are safe for cosmetics! Check with the supplier if you are not sure.

If you like, you can also add a few drops of an oil-based sweetener. The lip balm will not taste like anything without sweetener, however, you are less likely to lick it off your lips if you leave it unsweetened!

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THREE: Pour the mixture carefully into your lip balm pots and leave them to cool down and harden completely before putting the lids on. If you put on the lids while balms are still warm, you risk getting condensation on the inside of the lids.

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Coconut and Feijoa Lip Balm

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Ingredients

  • 50 g coconut oil
  • 10 g beeswax
  • 2 ml lip-safe feijoa flavour oil
  • oil-based sweetener (optional)
  • 5 lip balm pots (15 ml)

Directions

  1. Measure out the coconut oil and beeswax in a small pot and heat on the stove on medium until fully liquid.
  2. Take the pot of the stove and add the flavour oil. If you wish, you can add a few drops of sweetener.
  3. Carefully pour the mixture in container and leave to harden and cool down completely before putting the lids on.

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Basic 1,2,3 lip balm tutorial

Difficulty: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 6 pots (15 ml each)

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Beach lip balm

Lip balms are fun and easy to make. You only need a few ingredients: a liquid vegetable oil, such as sunflower oil or sweet almond oil; a vegetable butter, like shea butter or cocoa butter; and a wax, which is usually beeswax or candelilla wax for a vegan option. Those are the key ingredients to make a soothing, conditioning balm for your lips. You can leave it unflavoured, or you can add flavour using lip-safe flavour oils or essential oils. If you wish, you can even sweeten your balm with a few drops of stevia. And if you want to add a bit of colour to your lips, you can use lip-safe micas or colourants. Don’t use food colouring!

Here is a quick and easy recipe that I that I often use as my base. It uses 1 part beeswax, 2 parts butter and 3 parts oil. It’s an easy formula to remember: 1, 2, 3!

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ONE: Add the oil and beeswax into a heat proof glass jug, such as Pyrex (available at your supermarket, Briscoes or the Warehouse), and melt it on high in the microwave for 2 minutes. Depending on the microwave, you might have to leave it in for longer or shorter to melt the beeswax. You can substitute the beeswax for candelilla wax if you want a vegan option, just remember to only use half the amount of candelilla wax. For this recipe, this would be 1/2 tablespoon candelilla wax.

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TWO: Add the butter that you are using, I’m using cocoa butter here. If the butter isn’t melting completely, or if you notice the mixture starting to cool down and solidify, just pop it back into the microwave again for another 20 seconds.

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THREE: Next stir in your flavour oil or essential oil of your choice. Make sure these oils are lip-safe! Not all fragrances are approved for use on lips! Check with the supplier if you are not sure. The most common essential oils that are safe for lips are: peppermint, spearmint, anise, sweet orange, rose, lavender, vanilla absolute, rosemary and tea tree.

Most citrus oils are considered photosensitising and should not be used in lip balms, especially here in New Zealand where the sun’s rays are stronger than in the Northern Hemisphere. There are exceptions, however, grapefruit and lemon essential oils can be used in very low doses (max 6 drops in one tablespoon of oil), and sweet orange essential oil is considered a safe oil and can be used in lip balm.

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FOUR: Pour the mixture carefully into your lip balm pots and leave them to cool down and harden completely before putting the lids on. If you put on the lids while balms are still warm, you risk getting condensation on the inside of the lids.

Basic Lip Balm

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (i.e. olive oil, sunflower oil)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable butter (i.e. shea butter, cocoa butter)
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax (or use 1/2 tablespoon candelilla wax for a vegan option)
  • 2 ml lip-safe flavour oil or essential oil
  • optional: 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of lip-safe mica or colourant
  • 6 lip balm pots (15 ml)

Directions

  1. Add the oil and beeswax in a heat proof glass jug (i.e. Pyrex) and microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Once the beeswax has melted, stir in the shea butter. If the mixture starts to solidify, pop it back into the microwave for another 20 seconds.
  3. Stir in your choice of flavour oil or essential oil. If you are planning on adding colour to your lip balm, add this as well and give it a good stir. Make sure your mixture is completely liquid before you pour it.
  4. Carefully pour the mixture in container and leave to harden and cool down completely before putting the lids on.

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