In return for coming her friends got a squinkee (my daughter's obsessed with these things), a $2 gift certificate to Baskin Robbins, a small container of bubble soap, a purple foil chocolate heart (it was a Justin Bieber party so everything has to be purple), and some homemade lip balm.
Over the holidays (at MasterMind Toys) I came across a company called Kiss Naturals (http://www.kissnaturals.com/). They have homemade DIY perfume kits, soap kits, bath fizz kits, and various lip balm/lip gloss kits too. I thought it would be something fun to do with my daughter and a great thing to give out to her friends. What really got my attention though was that everything was completely natural (and that it's a Canadian company).
The box contained a bottle of safflower oil, yellow beeswax beads, a container of shea butter and some essential oils.
It was super easy (and fun) to make. We simply mixed together the shea butter, oil, and beeswax into a glass measuring cup, popped it into the microwave for a minute and then stirred until the beeswax was melted.
Afterwards we added the essential oil (we had grapefruit) and tried to add food coloring to it. We were disappointed that the food coloring didn't work, but I guess I should have known better since it's an oil product. Oops! See those red dots at the bottom of the containers in the picture below? Yeah..that's the food coloring. Apparently science isn't my strong point.
About half an hour later we had lip balm.
Looks like lip balm is pretty easy to make at home. Going forward, I think I'm just going to make my own (big surprise, eh?). Like everything else the ingredient list is just so much shorter when it's homemade (and cheaper!). I found quite a few lip balm recipes online and they're all different. I'll have to try a couple and report back with what worked and what didn't. Until then, we're going to enjoy our nicely moisturized lips!
Tomorrow the plan is to head out to the mall. The kid has wanted to get her ears pierced for a long time now so I thought it would be a great birthday gift for her. Let's hope there aren't too many tears!