May Classes: Lip Goodies

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Homemade lip products?! Oh my, yes!

Lip balms, lipstick, and lip glosses! This class taught them all, using good for you ingredients.

A few weeks ago, I took a class on natural remedies for mental and emotional health. It really stirred a fire in me and got me thinking and moving. And what’s a hermity, homebody lady to do when the urge to better herself hits? Why suck up that urge to stay in and start going to more classes of course!

Are you addicted to chapstick? Desperately need to feel it’s hydrating smoothness glide across your parched mouth? Hear it’s siren call every time your traitor tongue slips across the desert that is your lips?

Well lovelies, if you’re anything like me, those ol’ kissers have been hopelessly addicted, probably for years. In fact, I have 13 chapsticks of varying brands on my end table as I’m writing this. Burt’s Bees is a personal favorite.

Normally, those chapsticks would be gone in a blink of an eye, but they’ve lasted so long because I switched to something different the last few months. I’ve been using Vaseline and I dug it for a while but I’ve been wanting to make a switch. In light of wanting to better myself and my body, I’ve been avoiding using it so much and looking for alternatives I can feel better about.

I browse facebook’s local app for things to do, nifty classes, fun concerts, all that jazz. On one of those browses what pops up but a Homemade Lip Recipes class. Well isn’t that just what the universe ordered? So of course I jumped at the chance to participate in this class! The first part of the class, we simply went over different oils, butters, waxes, essential oils, base ingredients, coloring agents, and tips and tricks. Amber, the lovely lady leading the class, also provided 2 pages worth of recipes and variations. Then we hopped right into recipe making.

We made 3 recipes: a peppermint patty lip balm, a basic lipstick, and a basic lip gloss. We took home 5 products (2 lip balms, 2 lip glosses, and 1 lipstick).

What is more go-to in lip balms than peppermint? Not much, that’s for sure. Maybe cherry? This lovely balm has the perfect amount of peppermint (and a bit of vanilla!). If you’re like me you’ve tried the original Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm. And if you’re also like me, you hated it. It’s so damned strong! That tingly lip feeling I am just not a fan of. With this recipe, you’re only putting in a drop or two of the essential oil so it doesn’t overwhelm and irritate. Perfection!! The recipe is simple: Avocado or almond oil (we used avocado), peppermint infused olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, and peppermint/vanilla essential oil. Basically you melt everything except the essential oil (which you add directly to the empty tube) and then pour it right into your waiting tube. Allow it to cool before putting the cap on and voila! Lip balm in no time at all!
When it comes to makeup, I could care less frankly. I wear it once in a blue moon and I generally only wear eye make-up. Lipstick I almost NEVER wear. Maaaaaybe once or twice a year. So when I heard we were making a lipstick, I was like “Ok, cool, whatever. Not my jam, but let’s see whatcha got.” This recipe is a little more involved than the balm recipe, with a few extra steps and more mixing, but is still simple. The ingredients are just castor oil, lanolin, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, jojoba oil, maroon iron oxide (We chose the color as a group. The other option was red), and a pinch of mica. You can choose to add one or two drops of e.o.’s to your tube (I chose palmarose and tangerine), but be careful not to add too much or you may irritate your lips. The color is simple and not overly in-your-face. I dig it but I still won’t be wearing it on the regular. This one takes a little while to fully set, around 4 days. You can use it before, but the color and quality won’t be what it should be until it’s completely set.
The last thing we made were lip glosses. These. Are. FUN!! This is a fairly simple recipe: choose a color/scent and add to your container, then get to melting castor oil, jojoba oil, almond, avocado, or olive oil (we used almond), beeswax, and glycerin. Lastly melt in shea butter, stir and pour. We used mica to color the glosses, with several options to choose from: light pink, dark pink, red, and white. My first gloss I mixed the light pink with a tiny bit of red and added a few drops of sweet orange and tangerine e.o. The second gloss I added grapefruit and lime e.o.’s and only used the white. It doesn’t turn my lips white, it just gives me sparkly lips. And I motherfucking LOVE sparkly things. Looking at both of them, I see that they needed to be mixed up more, so the last bits will be SUPER sparkly lol but I’m extra super down with that. It wasn’t the easiest to mix them up, but I’ll try harder next time.The problem with regular glosses is that they’re so damned sticky and gross. Your hair gets in it, it smears across your face, it stays on your skin. It’s ridiculous. I gave up. This doesn’t do that. The gloss goes on glossy and smooth. I flipping LOVE it!! Woop woop for this lip gloss guys. I can’t wait to make more!!

And that was the class! It was a blast, I learned A LOT, and I am beyond excited to start making my own things. I will need to go out and buy supplies and things, so I won’t be making anything anytime quite soon, but I am still soooo hyped for what’s to come!

The class was held on the workshop side of a local apothecary, and at the end of class we were given the option of exploring the shop. If we bought anything, we received an additional 10% discount. I picked up a big tea and a few tea samples. I also purchased a sage bundle and two sticks of palo santo. Holy wow, babes. Somebody get me some motherfucking toast…. cuz that is my JAM!! It’s a campfire anywhere you want. It’s perfection. I can’t get enough. Those two sticks will not last long hehe.

Pop your heads back in to see what other classes I’m trying my hand at!

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