Tuesday, November 15, 2011

make your own chapstick. make yourself richer.

ok so a little biz-nass before we move on to glorious chapstick,
i believe i've been nominated for the blog guidebook's top blogs...

do i know what this means? not really. i don't even know if it's important. the competitive side in me wants to win. and if i do win, i promise to put dr. pepper in all the school's water fountains!
so if you want, please vote for me here. i think the poll closes in two days. so do this now.

moving on!

i had an excruciatingly gratifying experience the other day when i made my own chapstick. not the making the chapstick part per se. but the part where i went around and found every tube of half used chapstick and filled it up with my science experiment. i could hear dollar bills in the background. i don't know what dollar bills sound like, but i think i was trying to say that could hear the cash register sound. that is neither here nor there. let's talk about how to make this.

i found this recipe and instructions at passionate homemaking.

it takes 3 simple ingredients. or in-gree-dee-enths.
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2 TBSP pure beeswax
2 TBSP pure coconut oil(not from the cooking isle, but from the skin care isle)
2 TBSP pure shea butter
(really your measurements don't have to be exact)

you will find these things online or at your local whole foods/hippie establishment. ask the weird lady that works in the skincare/medicine isle and she'll help you. (they always are so strange in that section...are they not?)
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i bought the huge block of beeswax, because it was so pretty. my husband is cringing as he reads that...he's all like, quit going over budget at whole foods. that's like saying jami, quit growing a mustache. it's impossible.

but the point of all that is, you can just buy the sticks of beeswax for cheaper.

instructions:
in a double boiler, melt all this shiz together.

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(yes, my tea pot and stove is nasty. and yes, those are double choco chip cookies in the background. are you jeal? this is a real kitchen people. i cook here and i make messes.)

wow. that was incredible. because that's all you do. melt it and stir it with a metal spoon(it will stick pretty fiercely to wooden spoons).

if you're like, what's a double boiler...it's just so you don't burn your ingredients. put a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water. don't fill the water in the pot all the way, you don't really want it touching your glass bowl. but i mean, if it does, you'll still be ok.

ok now, once it's melted, still keep it on the pot. your chapstick will set very fast if you take it off the heat while filling.

then steal one of your kids medicine droppers(it will get ruined, so keep that in mind). and fill each container with the beeswax stuff. i actually used a different one than shown. the one with the rubber top that you smooth and when you let it go, it sucks stuff up. what do you call those?
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and drop it in your containers. i bought these online(from a place called widgets. they are aluminum bead containers). they are teensy. and apparently for storing beads, but they work great and are cheaper than chapstick tubes.
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when the chapstic dries, it will shrink and make a divit on the top, so once it's dry, fill it back up with more.

and ta-da! look, you're awesome. you made chapstick.
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i gave these as party favors at the bee shower.and everyone gave me hell about it because they thought that maybe it took me forever? no, it didn't.
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the only problem is, i have a ton of beeswax left. what to do, what to do. looks like i'll a)make more chapstick or b)put it on the bottom of my surfboard to make me go faster(i just love surfing in kansas!) or c) put it in my chocolate candy this year instead of paraffin. which is disgusting i know, but it makes the chocolate so crunchy. and also probably clogs arteries... wait, what? whatever.
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i think these would be great little gifts to your friends over the holidays though. cheap and simple and something everyone needs. plus, you're giving them the gift of chemical free lips. and i think we can all agree that that's pretty much everyone's goal in life. am i right or am i right?

and FYI, this chapstick is magical. i love it. it's the perfect texture... been using it all week and have no complaints.

37 comments:

  1. You've won my heart, forever.
    Buying burts beeswax at $40 a pop (give or take. I never exaggerate...) gets old real fast. But this is fan. tas. tic. Trying this asap!


    p.s. the "word verification" to be able to leave this comment was "mulit"

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  2. You are the queen of awesome! I am so going to do this!

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  3. I voted! and I LOVE the chap stick, you are too cool!!

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  4. Easy, brilliant, and I need some RIGHT NOW! Ugh, dry lips so suck. bi

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  5. I just about sh*t my pants and had a heart attack because I had my volume turned all the way up (no idea why) and when your blog opened it started blasting music! Seriously. Scared the crap out of me :). And then I about peed my pants laughing through this post.

    After all that I still voted for your blog. Hope you win! :)

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  6. Love the chapstick idea...I'm a sucker for branding and this chapstick is by far the best in the branding world. Voted for your blog...hope you win the cool stuff.

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  7. This is genius and I love it! Especially since we go through lots of chapstick since I always forget to take it out of pockets when I wash things. And then it melts in the dryer. So yay cheap chapstick!

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  8. "that's like saying jami, quit growing a mustache. it's impossible.'

    AND THIS IS WHY I READ YOUR BLOG!!!
    and tried to refresh my browser and sneak a 2nd vote...
    stupid one vote per person rule.

    also if i actually new you on the REALS (and didn't just stalk/live vicariously through your hilarious yet awesome life), i would NEVER.EVER.CEASE. laughing my head off.

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  9. where did you get your little pots. super cute. I am doing this. don't give one to Kate because I am!

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  10. I don't know what is more awesome: this chapstick or the amount of times I cracked up laughing while reading through this. Love it all!!

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  11. i voted for you. no, i'm not jeal...only because you said jeal.

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  12. You're hilarious...I laugh every time! And I'll be giving this chapstick a try.

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  13. Love it. The hippie in me is so very anxious to go talk to the weirdo in the beauty products aisle! Any idea about adding a drop or two of essential oil? Trying it, I'll report back! Voted!

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  14. My first reaction was "Day-um that's a lot of chapstick." Then I looked in my purse and found five *FIVE* chapsticks!...and they're probably full of cancer-causing chemicals. lol So thanks for saving me money...and my life! ;) I'm going to have to make your recipe so I can have as much as I want. #chapstickaddict (I like to hashtag when twitter isn't even involved) ;)

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  15. Ooooh, I may have to add this to my homemade Christmas gifts I'm doing this year. I already have the homemade vanilla extract ready...people already freak at my crunchiness, why not just seal the deal for them?

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  16. It really is impossible for you to stop growing a stache. I have often thought about not being your friend because of this. I mean, it's way embarrassing when we are hanging out, drinking our coffee together and some sticks to your stache. And I don't know if I should tell you or let the barista do it.
    It's just shimmering at me.

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  17. feel free to include some in my stocking!! thanks!!

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  18. Shut the front door.

    That's amazing, I need to make some. Like, yesterday.

    xo

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  19. First of all, I voted. for you. Second, you never disappoint. EVER! Absoultely the funniest blog posts on earth! Thanks for the 'how to' on making my very own chappy!

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  20. What a great idea...I would never have tried it but you have made it look so easy! I've been reading your blog for months...maybe a whole year, and laugh every time-you are a funny funny lady :) I admire your sense of humor!

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  21. I voted.
    Also? You are seriously hilarious. I feel like I say that whenever I come leave a comment but it's truuuuue! And this tutorial is genius. I think this would be a fab christmas present for teachers and the likes!

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  22. you are making chapstick and it's all cute and stuff! sheesh woman, what can't you do?? you know you are a fav! off to vote!

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  23. oooh i want to do this. awesome.

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  24. OR! Try using the beeswax to style your moustache...just sayin...
    But seriously, this is genius. I'm totally giving it a go in my MUCH LESS CUTE WAY.

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  25. NO YOU DID NOT JUST MAKE YOUR OWN LIP BALM. GET OUTTA TOWN! But first, please tell me, could I add fragrance/flavors to this? Like mint?

    I know. I'm so high maintenance.

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  26. yes, add mint, essential oils, olive oil, vitamin E...your options are endless! i just went with simple but add some flare to your chapstick ladies!

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  27. why does your simple seem impossible to me? i want to try it, but i am scared. i hate making rice crispie treats b/c they stick to the spoon and pan...how will i deal with beeswax?

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  28. Do. Not. Eat. Paraffin. NASTY!

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  29. Jami-
    PLEASE tell me where you found the tins . . . I know you wouldn't settle for anything less than a great bargain! :) Looking forward to trying this for Ellie's first birthday! I think it makes an excellent party favor! :)

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  30. Okay. I bought all of the ingredients but despite a lot of googling have not found the right tins. Can you please tell us where you got yours? :)

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  31. hey, they are from an online store called widgets. they are aluminum bead containers. sorry about that...should have said where i got them from!

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  32. http://www.widgetsupply.com/page/WS/CTGY/bead-storage
    here is the link to the container selection

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  33. What size tins did you get? Thanks for posting this, I gotta try it!

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  34. did this tonight and they turned out perfect! thanks for the perfect stocking stuffer idea! keep em coming!

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  35. This is so FAB! Just ordered my widgets. You're the best.

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