- Extract/flavoring (I used vanilla, mint, and cinnamon)
- Plain chapstick (I got 4 for $1)
- Microwavable measuring glass/cup
- Small funnel
- Food coloring (optional)
- Pot holders/towel (optional)
- Roll chapstick all the way to the top.
- Take from base and put into microwavable measuring cup.
- Roll the empty tube back to the base--this is important.
- With toothpick, cut the chapstick into smaller pieces.
- Place chapstick-filled measuring cup into microwave for 1 minute.
- Carefully remove and stir/cut/chop/smile at the chapstick and put back into microwave for another minute/minute and a half.
- Once completely liquefied, remove from microwave and add 5 drops of desired flavor.
- For the Candy Cane flavor, I also added 2 drops of red food coloring. For the Cinnamon Bun, I did 5 drops of cinnamon and 2 of vanilla.
- The liquid will start to solidify, so pop back into the microwave for a few seconds to melt again. Use a pot holder/towel if the cup is too hot.
- Pour the mixture into the funnel, which will fill up the tube.
- Remove funnel once filled and let cool. Resist urge to try your DIY.
- Pop the top on, print out the label onto label paper, and attach to tube. Tie some curling ribbon, put in a cute bag, stuff in a stocking or my purse, etc.
Candy Cane (mint + red food coloring) and Cinnamon Buns (cinnamon + vanilla)
- Make sure you roll the empty tube back down before pouring the hot mixture!
- You can use a spoon and a bowl, but I've found pouring & wax removal easier by using toothpicks and a measuring cup.
- The liquid solidifies fast, so you have to work fast...but that's a good thing, making this a 5- MINUTE DIY (yeah!).
- Don't fret if there's leftover wax in the cup/bowl. You will have to lose a smidge of the wax to make space for the flavoring.
- No funnel? Make your own from paper.
- Natural beeswax can be used as well--I just found the process easier & cheaper by buying the chapstick.
- The mint and cinnamon temporarily plump lips by aggravating the top layer of skin, so be warned if you/whomever are allergic to those flavors.
- Not a fan of those flavors? Use whatever flavors you'd like--I used these because they (a) remind me of the holidays (b) plump my lips.
- Need another idea? I used the same process to make solid perfume. Check it out here.
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