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DIY Moisturizing Citrus Lip Balm

Homemade lip balm with Citrus Bliss(R) blend essential oil

Homemade lip balm with Citrus Bliss(R) blend essential oil

A friend introduced me to doTERRA essential oils a year ago, but I just recently started to read more about ways to use essential oils and to experiment with them more on my own. I’ve been especially interested in gradually making over my beauty cabinet and moving toward more natural products.

Skin and lip products and lotions sit on our skin all day long, and the ingredients are absorbed in our systems and, in the case of lip products, are often ingested. Even though the Snopes site debunked the claims that the average woman ingests 3-10 pounds of lip products over her lifetime (Fun Fact: She’d have to apply lipstick 9-31 times per day every day for 55 years and swallow ALL of the product), there’s no doubt that some is ingested. I usually carry around a tube of drug store lip balm, but after I use it, my lips feel dry again (sometimes even dryer) after about 15 minutes, and after reading about some of the ingredients that can potentially cause skin irritations/allergies, endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity, I decided to try a DIY natural approach.

I looked at various online recipes for lip balms, and came up with the one below:

Citrus Lip Balm Recipe:

2 Tbsp beeswax

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp mango butter (you can substitute or combine cocoa butter and/or shea butter)

1 tsp rose hip oil (optional)

1 capsule Vitamin E oil (optional)

8-10 drops doTERRA Citrus Bliss® (a blend of essential oils including wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, and clementine with a hint of vanilla)

Beeswax melting

Beeswax melting

Melted mixture

Melted mixture

DIRECTIONS: Put 1 – 1.5″ of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the beeswax to a Pyrex cup and place in the center of the boiling pot. Heat until beeswax melts, and add coconut oil, mango butter and rose hip oil and stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove cup from heat and allow to cool for 3 minutes. Add essential oil drops and stir. Pour liquid mixture into jars or tubes and allow to cool and harden. If using lip balm tubes, you’ll want to use some sort of pipette or dropper.

This recipe made three 2 oz. jars plus a little extra.

You can check out my doTERRA store to find Citrus Blend. The other ingredients you can find at most health food stores or order online like I did. I also ordered the jars online.

I was surprised at how easy and quick this was (the melting process only took about 8-10 minutes) and was very happy with the results. It truly feels like my lips are moisturized, and an hour later they still feel moisturized! Next time, I will cut back on the beeswax and increase the mango butter and coconut oil for a slightly softer consistency and may try adding a little bit of honey which is a great natural moisturizer with polyphenols (antioxidants).

What DIY cosmetic products are you interested in?

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My Project 333 New Year’s Kick-off

Project 333 Closet

My Project 333 wardrobe now only takes up half of my closet (with room to spare) which was previously jam-packed on both sides.

I finished my capsule wardrobe sort! I decide to go with the Project 333 challenge. To briefly summarize the Project 333 guidelines, you pick 33 items of clothing, and wear only those 33 items for three months. No shopping for new items (except to replace worn items). Undergarments, sleepwear and workout gear are not counted. Everything that doesn’t make the cut and that doesn’t get donated, gets boxed up for the duration of the challenge. See my previous post for the full rules or visit the Project 333 site.

I gave myself a few allowances. First, I didn’t count my winter coat or accessories like belts, jewelry, scarves or purses as part of my 33 items, although I moved any of those items that didn’t work with my capsule wardrobe to my storage closet to declutter and minimize distractions. Second, even though I excluded accessories (and my winter coat) from the count, counting shoes, I went slightly over 33 items. I have a total of 33 clothing items and six pairs of shoes which brings my total to 39. I’m not going to sweat the difference because, seeing how much stuff I’m planning to sell and donate, how much I’m storing,  and how difficult some of the cuts were to make (especially my latest purchases…sniff, sniff…I’ll see you again in the Spring!), getting to this number feels like a significant accomplishment and will still be a challenge for me to maintain.

Here are my 33 items. I’m trying to stick with these, at least for the first month, but may need to rotate in a more neutral color for a couple of the green and red items at some point so I don’t walk around looking like a Christmas elf.


My 33 Clothing Items

My 33 Items

The first day or two I had several “this is never going to work” moments and a panicky feeling inside that I was going to look or feel “less than”, but those have subsided (for the most part), and so far so good! Twelve days in, and I haven’t made any new clothing purchases (although I have been VERY tempted) and even returned a recent shoe purchase.

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2014 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

Lately I have been obsessed with various concepts of minimalist living, one of which is the “capsule wardrobe”. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few basic pieces of clothing which can be mixed and matched to make multiple outfits. You can use this concept whether packing for week-long trip or dressing for a full season. The general rule of thumb is to select neutral colored pieces along with one or two coordinating accent colors to mix and match, although I have seen examples of more colorful wardrobes that still mix and match well. Here are links to examples from my Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration board on Pinterest:

I’ve decided that I want to commit to a capsule wardrobe challenge for the month of January for a few reasons:

  • Curb my recent compulsive-ish shopping
  • Save money
  • Challenge my styling creativity (no more laments of “I have nothing to wear”)
  • Streamline the limited space in my closet
  • Simplify my day
  • Become more conscious about what and why I buy

In doing my research on capsule wardrobe challenge options, I came across the following:

  • 5×5 Challenge – Pick 5 tops and 5 bottoms for 25 days. Supplement with outerwear, footwear and accessories (unlimited)
  • 6 Item Challenge – Pick six items of clothing. Then, wear only those six items for a month. (Not counted in the six are undergarments, shoes, accessories, workout gear and outerwear.)
  • 15/30 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge – For an entire month, you can only wear 15 pieces of clothing of your wardrobe, mixed and matched into different outfits. Accessories, underwear/socks, work uniform, pajamas are allowed and shopping is strictly prohibited.
  • Project 333
    • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
    • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
    • What not: These items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
    • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
    • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I’m still debating which challenge to take although I’m leaning toward the 15/30 or Project 333 options. I like that you have unlimited shoe and accessory options with the 15/30 wardrobe and it’s only a one-month commitment, but I like having more clothing options which Project 333 allows. I am also reminding my inner rule-follower that I can tweak the rules if necessary.

I would love to have some friends and family, and anyone else who is up for it, to take the challenge with me! I’m planning to document my challenge here on my blog as well as on Pinterest. What are your thoughts on taking a wardrobe challenge? Feel free to comment below!

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