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DIY Zero Waste and Vegan Lip Balm

By Fredrica Syren:

Oh, my poor lips have been so dry and cracked because of the hot weather here. Funny thing is that I used to have the same problem during the fall while living in Sweden, where the cold made my lips dry. Maybe it’s just a fall thing? Anyway, my daughter and I were inspired to make our own lip balm to save a little money, so we know what’s in the balm, and to reduce waste. It was easier than I first thought and I’m super happy with the outcome. If you want to add a bit of color to the lip balm to make your lips both soft and colorful you can add a little beet powder. 

I used the recipe from Going Zero Waste Blog but added some essential oils to make it a little more fun and flavorful. I poured mine into simple recycled empty tins but you can buy empty plastic lip balm sticks at amazon or if you are avoiding plastic Etsy sells ones made with cardboard. 

  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon High Quality Olive Oil
  • A few drops of essential oils like lemon, mint, lavender and tangerine (my favorites).
  • 1/2-1 Tsp beet powder (optional)

Over a double broiler, melt the cocoa butter until it’s liquid. Stir in the olive oil and a few drops of essential oils. Pour into tins or jar, and let cool on the counter overnight.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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