M.A.K.E. - Upcycle Lip Balm

I don't know how many times that I've smashed my lipstick into the lid of the container that it's in. I also don't wear it too often. I'm really not sure why, but I just prefer a gloss or just plain ole Chapstick. Also, I constantly struggle with chapped lips so I'm always looking for something new to try. After a lot of embarrassing times of pulling out a travel container of vaseline because it seems to be the only thing that works, I decided to change it up!

 

Step One:

  • First thing first, if you're using a mint container, make sure you empty the mints out. Duh! Then, put them to the side & scoop a "hunk" of vaseline into the microwave safe container. Then, take a smaller "hunk" of lipstick (of your choice) into the same container. 

I got my mint container at Family Mart, a Japanese convenience store. It's the perfect size to carry in my purse and seals nicely. The medal ones would work great, just make sure that it's small enough. The amount of vaseline depends on the size of your container and the amount of lipstick amount depends on how much color you want to come from it. I'm a "basically not there" type of girl so I only put a centimeter or two in the mix.

Step Two:

 

  • Melt the mixture completely, making sure there are no lumps of anything. 

I used a toaster oven. Mostly because we don't have a microwave, but I also think that it helped it blend a little easier. I will go on record and say that I have no idea if that's true or not. Maybe it's my justification of it taking twice the time to melt.

Step Three:

 

  • Stir contents completely and pour! 

If you're like me, you'll buy an extra mint container so that when you don't mix enough the first time and make a mess you can just start over! Seriously, though, check out that awesome pour action! My method is definitely trial and error, but there aren't a lot of steps so it was easy to start over.  It solidifies pretty quickly so be sure to get it in the container and not too much on the outside edges.

Step 4:

  • Once your lip balm is solid, it's time to make it pretty! With washi tape of your choice, decorate your containers. You can spice it up with paints or markers, but the washi tape won't wash off or fade. Enjoy!!!

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