Easy Homemade Lip Balm

Last week, someone asked me how I kept my lips so smooth (yes these are the kinds of things gals discuss). My response was, "kissing my husband". But the next day, I realized that Tim's (my husband) homemade beeswax lip balm is really what does the trick. He is always finding ways to cut out chemicals so that's why he decided to make this stuff out of real ingredients and now my lips are always soft and smooth!

So since we love to live our lives with less chemicals here at Simple Native, I thought I'd share Tim's lip balm recipe. He said I could. Because I think that smooth lips are something we take for granted until we don't have them. Putting lipstick or gloss on chapped, flaky lips just doesn't work!

Here's what you'll need:

2 tsp beeswax

3 tsp coconut oil

4 drops rosehip oil

4 drops peppermint oil

Directions:

Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax. Once melted, add the coconut oil until it is also melted. Then add the essential oils rosehip and peppermint. Pour mixture into containers of your choice while it is in the liquid form. We ordered these lip balm tubes from amazon for really cheap. Let it sit until it hardens.

It is so easy! And you can play around with the oils you add. Just make sure they're good to ingest. We use the rosehip oil because it has amazing benefits for skin, such as anti-aging and the peppermint oil because it smells so good.

This also makes a great DIY Easter basket gift. Tim made a big batch so we've been giving them away and everyone loves them!

Hope you enjoy!

Diana

 

 

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

Here at Simple Native, we love finding ways to do things the natural way. So we had so much fun dying eggs with spices, fruits and vegetables! We don't need the fake dyes when nature has so many beautiful colors to offer!

With any of these colors, you can leave the eggs in as long as you'd like depending on how vibrant you want the colors to be.

First things first, hard boil your eggs.

For Pink:

1/2 C beet juice

1 C water

1 Tbsp. of white vinegar

Golden Yellow:

1 C water

2 T turmeric

2 T white vinegar

Bring water and turmeric to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and then add vinegar.

Orange:

2 chopped carrots

1 C water

2 T paprika

2 T white vinegar

Bring water, carrots and paprika to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Strain and add the vinegar.

Blue:

1/2 pound frozen blueberries

1 C water

2 T white vinegar

Bring water and blueberries to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and then add vinegar.

The different shades of colors are so great together! Comment below if you have used natural products to dye your Easter eggs!

XOXO,

Vicky, Jessica and Diana

 

 

 

DIY Valentines (Free Printables!)

Valentine's Day is near! What's not to love about a holiday that's centered around love!?

Here are a few reasons why Valentine's Day is the best:

1. It's the only time of year you can buy almost anything covered in cute red and pink hearts. Want a heart dish towel? You got it! Heart-shaped bowls? Yep! A giant, heart-shaped box filled with an assortment of chocolate?! Uh-huh! Target is the best this time of year.

2. Conversation hearts. Because communicating with candy is more fun than a text message!

3. Handmade Valentines!! Because how often do you have a good excuse to break out the glitter and sequins to make your main squeeze a card? Sure, they may not appreciate the glitter as much as we do but they definitely appreciate not spending $4.50 on a Hallmark card. 

Speaking of handmade Valentines, we got together and made some cute little cards for our men. Sure we saved ourselves a trip to the greeting card aisle but the real fun was making them! But honestly, anytime we get together it's a party.

Aren't the crafty type? Don't worry, we've got you covered with these free printables! Just add glitter for the perfect Valentine.

Download "Let's Make Out" here. 

Download "I love you more than coffee" here. 

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What are your plans for Valentine's Day?