DIY Heart Shaped Lip Balm Tutorial

If you are looking for a fun, unique step up from a typical lip balm this one may be just the right thing!

heart shaped lip balm

Heart Shaped Lip Balm Ingredients:

These are the actual products/brands I used and are affiliate links.

How to Make Heart Shaped Lip Balm:

  • Wash your tins and cookie cutters in warm soapy water and set out to dry. You must make sure there is no moisture in them before using. I like to do this the night before.
  • Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler over very low heat. If you have not made lip balm before please read either of these recipes for better instructions with photos: Peppermint Lip Balm or Lavender Orange Lip Balm. For this outer part I did not add the agave or the Orange Oil at this point so that the mixture could be reheated for the heart insert.
  • Place the cookie cutter inside the metal tin making sure it does not touch on any part of the outer circle. It should just fit.
  • Fill the outside part with the balm mixture using your pipette. This one is almost a bit to close to the edge in that one spot but the wax still flowed around. heart shaped lip balm step 5
  • Let harden on the kitchen counter for about an hour. Putting it in the fridge will cause sinkholes in the wax. Should you get sinkholes, simply add a bit more of the melted wax mixture into the holes and use a warm hairdryer to smooth out the wax before you remove the mold. This is what sinkholes look like: heart shaped lip balm sinkhole example
  • After the wax has hardened, grab the lip of the mold and twist very gently to loosen and lift it straight out. You just want a teeny tiny twist.
  • Reheat the left over mixture. Once it is liquefied, remove from heat and add in agave, essential oils and beet root powder. *Note about beet root powder: it does not mix well.  I was able to attain the hue in the picture by constantly stirring and smashing the powder with the back of the spoon. It wants to bead and settle at the bottom. I used the pipette to draw the melted wax from the top and leave the solids behind which had a slight amount of color to it. This amount will not tint your lips. It is just for the design aspect. I also tried Ningxia Red and Pomegranate juice when making this. Neither work because they will not mix with the wax. If you want a darker hue I have seen posts recommending natural food coloring. I was happy with this slight tint so I didn’t pursue it further but my guess is that it wouldn’t mix either.
  • Fill in the heart shaped cut out left behind with the tinted balm mixture. Be careful not to overfill. Let set on the counter until completely hardened. This is what you should end up with: heart shaped lip balm sinkhole example

If you have any wax mixture left, let it harden and mix it well with a spoon, smashing it almost with the back of a spoon. At this point the beet root powder that would not mix while in the hot liquid will mix nicely and you can scoop it into another tin of just colored lip balm.

Any questions? Ask away in the comments….


Panaway Whipped Body Butter

Old Man Winter is a jerk! The cold weather and the snow shoveling that comes with it makes my joints achy and stiff. I needed a way to warm up my bones this week and so I turned to one of my favorite essential oil blends, Panaway, for some help. According to the Young Living site “PanAway® was created by Gary Young following a severe injury to the ligaments in his leg. Containing wintergreen essential oil, which is often used for massage, PanAway is soothing to the skin while providing comforting warmth to muscles after exercise.” I needed a way to really work it into my skin and so I decided to whip up one of these super quick and easy blog recipes for whipped body butter. Ha!

What I discovered is that whipped body butter is not really quick or easy nor does it turn out like the pictures on pinterest. At least in my house. Maybe I did something very wrong but none of the recipes I tried worked out for me. They were all either too greasy or too hard.

So I set out to come up with my own. I wasted a lot of ingredients and oils in the process but finally have something that works for me.

Warning (or things I may have done that you shouldn’t):

  • Do NOT attempt this as your first DIY oily craft. It’s really not for beginners.
  • Do NOT attempt this without a stand mixer….I have no idea how people are making whipped body butters with hand mixers.
  • Do NOT leave out the beeswax. It’s essential to keeping it together in the jar.
  • Do NOT mix your oils in until you have tested it on your skin and like it.
  • Shea butter stinks once heated. Use it only if you are OK with that smell and get the cold pressed type which stinks less.
  • Fractionated coconut oil is way too greasy.  This is the liquid form of coconut oil that you can buy. It’s not an OK substitute.
  • Do not assume what works for me will work for you. Whipped body butter is a hard thing to get right because everyone has different levels of greasiness they find acceptable. I am OK with my hands being greasy for a few minutes after applying but then I want that feeling to go away. This one does that for me.

panaway whipped body butter

How To Make Panaway Whipped Body Butter:

Whipped Body Butter Ingredients:

Products I used are affiliate linked to Amazon.

  • 2-3 chunks cocoa butter. This is roughly 1/2 cup. 2 bigger ones and 1 small one is what I used.
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil. This is much cheaper at Costco if you can go there.
  • 1/4 cup beeswax. Always buy this in pellet form. Grating beeswax is not fun.
  • 25 drops Panaway Oil (Young Living Discount) Please don’t add this until the VERY end.
  • Vitamin E capsule.

In a double boiler (if you don’t have one put a metal or glass bowl on top of a boiling pot of water) melt together the cocoa butter and beeswax pellets. Add the coconut oil in when the other mixture is about 1/2 way melted as they take longer. Stir constantly. Once all three are melted and mixed nicely remove from heat and let cool on counter for about 10 mins. Place mixture in fridge for about 30 mins. You need to watch this because it quickly hardens. This is what you are looking for.

whipped body butter consistency

If it gets too hard let it sit out on the counter for a few hours to soften. Honestly, the “right” one should have sat up maybe a minute or two longer. I found getting this part right to be the most frustrating.

Transfer mixture to stand mixer and turn it on high for 8 minutes stopping occasionally to scrape the sides.  Poke a hole in Vitamin E capsule and squeeze the liquid into the mixture at this time if you choose to use it. It should start to look like this. It’s a lot like making frosting.

whipped body butter in mixer

Test the consistency at this point. If you like it add the oils. Remember it will be a little more melty (its a word) because of the heat from whipping.  I added 25 drops Panaway to beat Old Man Winter but you could really add any Young Living oil that you like. Store in an airtight jar. It should be fine for a few months stored this way if it lasts that long! This one will be firm in the jar but melts well on skin contact. You should not be expecting the consistency of your favorite store brand body butter and for heavens sake be careful what you touch while it is soaking in.

This is a great site with information on the different carrier oils and how they will react together if you decide to play with it on your own.


Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain | A Desert Gem

I was born in raised in Phoenix and in the 30 years I spent there had never come across a desert gem like the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain and that is saying something because Arizona has many beautiful resorts to choose from. Set just outside Marana, AZ (just slightly north of Tucson) this luxurious resort preserves the peace and beauty of the desert in the way you would expect from the Ritz-Carlton brand.

ritz carlton dove mountain arizonaOur drive from downtown Phoenix was an easy 1 1/2 hour drive down the I-10, including stop time in Casa Grande for a rare In-N-Out Burger treat these days (side note: Denver, really, you need to get with the In-N-Out program). You could fly into Sky Harbor in Phoenix or Tucson for a stay here. We flew into Phoenix and spent one night at the Hotel Palomar downtown before driving down the next morning.

We arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain just in time to see the Native American Flautist serenading the sunset perched upon the mountain. This would happen each night of our stay. Anytime I hear a flute playing now I fondly remember that 30 minutes each night to slow down and reflect on the day. The fire pit or pool area gives you the perfect vantage point to both see the flautist, the sunset and feel the music bounce off the surrounding mountain. One of the things I miss in Denver are my beautiful desert pink sunsets. So this time of day was soul restoring for me.

beautiful arizona pink sunset at ritz carlton dove mountain

We spent the next two nights frolicking about the orange groves and playing Bocce Ball, having drinks out by the fireplace, relaxing in the jacuzzi, and eating wonderful food. The surrounding mountains are the perfect size for a 1-2 hour hike.

drinks at the fire pit ritz carlton dove mountain

My son had no issues with wheelchair accessibility at all at this resort. The terrain is mainly flat in the resort area, well paved, and elevators are in all the right places. Our wheelchair accessible room was plenty big enough and had a beautiful roll in shower.

Staff here were lovely. Everyone we met was friendly and attentive. Just what you would expect to find at the Ritz.

Things to know before you visit Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain:

  • The resort restaurants are great but you are just a short drive down to Tucson for authentic Mexican food galore. We really liked El Charro but ask the valets for their take on Mexican food. They have a lot of great ideas.
  • 3 nights would be my “sweet spot” for a stay here.
  • Try the Buffalo Tacos and a Margarita at Ignite sitting outside by the fire.
  • The gym has everything you need but is smallish….get outside and hike! Bring a Camelback!

Want to read more of our travel adventures? Try any of these:


DIY Carpet Freshener

It’s been beautiful here. We’ve been able to open all the windows and air out the house. Which has my mind jumping to spring cleaning much too early. Yesterday I made this super easy DIY carpet freshener, sprinkled it on the carpet and let it sit about an hour before vacuuming it up. It took the stale, musty smell that builds up all winter right out of the carpet and the house smells clean and fresh.

What You Need for DIY Carpet Freshener:

  • 16 oz Mason Jar-you want glass if you are going to use any sort of citrus essential oil.
  • Sprinkle top-these daisy lids pictured below are becoming very easy to find in Target, Walmart, Amazon (affiliate link) or Michael’s but if you can’t find one you can use aluminum foil with holes poked in it under the screw top.
  • 16 oz Baking soda-you know I buy this in bulk for all the crafts I do right? Use left over to make fragrance stones.
  • Essential oils-I used 10 drops Young Living Peppermint & 10 drops Grapefruit (this is a favorite combination of mine for cleaning). Really, you can use whatever oils you would like your home to smell like–Lavender, Lemon, Jade Lemon, Orange, Lime, Citrus Fresh and Purification all come to mind. You want 20 drops in a 16 oz jar. Click here for information on how to get a Young Living discount.

DIY Carpet Freshener

How To Mix Up DIY Carpet Freshener:

Fill the jar with baking soda, add the oils, put on a regular lid that locks it in (not the sprinkle one) and shake it up. Let it sit at least an hour before replacing the regular lid with your sprinkle top. Spread thinly and evenly on carpet. Let it sit about an hour but don’t let people walk on it…you don’t want this ground in. I did mine as we were leaving for the store and vacuumed when I came home. Vacuum as you normally would. Bonus-it freshens your vacuum as well!

Please test this on a small area of your carpet before using around the whole house. It works great on mine but would hate for you to ruin some specialty color or fiber carpet I don’t have and can’t test. That’s just crafty common sense!



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