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30 May 2019

DIY Bug Repellent Floating Candles With Essential Oils

These easy to make DIY bug repellent floating candles with essential oils will help keep you protected from bugs in your backyard this summer.

I live in a rural area, so there are a lot of bugs.  We have three ponds and are surrounded by corn fields, so spending time outside without being bit can be a bit of a challenge.

In an effort to live a chemical free life, I started using essential oils to repel mosquitoes and other bugs a few years ago.  

This year, I added DIY bug repellent floating candles with essential oils to my bug repelling arsenal.  Not only do they repel bugs, but they also look cute sitting on a patio table while you're entertaining.

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One benefit to making floating candles is that you don't have to keep them lit for hours at a time.  With candles, you need to burn them about an hour per inch of diameter.  If you blow them out before that time, they can tunnel down the middle.

These can be lit for an hour or more and then relit the next time you go outside.  They are also very easy to make in about an hour.

28 May 2019

DIY Natural Summer Beauty Recipes with Essential Oils Simply Earth

Get six easy DIY natural summer beauty recipes with essential oils.  These recipes help your skin, hair, and mood all summer long.

It's the end of the month, and that means it's time to share next month's Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box with you.  The June 2018 Simply Earth box is all about summer.  There are six great recipes to try for your hair, skin, and overall wellness.

If you're new to the Simply Earth box, it's a monthly subscription box that has ingredients and supplies to make six natural products at home.  Each month, you'll get four essential oil bottles in either straight oils or blends.

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You'll also get supplies to make the recipes.  You'll have to provide only very common ingredients.  These vary by month, but I've had to add Epsom salts, vinegar, and baking soda in previous boxes.  

When you purchase a Simply Earth Recipe Box through my link and use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE, you also get a free Bonus Box with roller bottles, small bottles for master blends, and carrier oils that you'll need to create your recipes.  
And you'll also get a free $40 gift card to use on a future purchase!  You can use that on your next box or to order single oils or even a diffuser. 

This month, I recorded the unboxing in my Instagram stories.  I also showed each recipe and all of the ingredients you need to make it.  

26 May 2019

What Are Carrier Oils?

What are carrier oils?  How do you use them, what do they do, and how to choose the best one to use with essential oils or in DIY bath or beauty recipes.

If you make DIY beauty or bath and body recipes or use essential oils, then you've heard about carrier oils.  But you might be wondering, what are carrier oils?

When using essential oils topically, it's important to use a carrier oil to dilute it with.  Not all essential oils can be applied neat (without dilution), so you have to use a carrier oil to dilute the oil.

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You can also use carrier oils in DIY recipes.  Each oil has its own properties, so you can choose the best one for the needs of your skin and hair type.  

Carrier oils are so named because they carry essential oils or other products.  They can be also be used on their own or infused with herbs to get the benefits of the herbs, too.

The most common carrier oils are olive oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil.  There are actually more than 40 carrier oils that are commonly used in DIY beauty recipes, so you have a lot of options when creating a recipe!

WHAT ARE CARRIER OILS?


Essential oils are very concentrated, so they have to be applied to the skin diluted.  There are some oils that can be applied neat (without dilution), but I do not make any recommendations on this application since I'm not an aromatherapist.  I highly suggest that you consult an aromatherapist before using essential oils neat.

Applying an essential oil neat can cause irritation, a rash, or itching.  You are also at risk of skin sensitization.  When this happens, you can not use that oil again with a high risk of a skin rash from even one drop of that oil diluted in a carrier oil.  

Essential oils are volatile, so they evaporate fairly quickly.  Carrier oils don't evaporate as quickly, and they are absorbed into the skin.


Diluting an essential oil with a carrier oils prevents it from evaporating so quickly, which helps it last longer and work longer.  

What are carrier oils made of?  Carrier oils are made of fats, vitamins, and minerals.  Each oil has it's own unique composition of these ingredients, so you can choose the ones that are best for your skin or hair.

Learn more about a list of carrier oils and their benefits so you can choose the best one for your needs.

For hair care recipes, learn more about the best carrier oils for hair.

WHERE DO CARRIER OILS COME FROM?


What are carrier oils?  Where do they come from? Carrier oils come from plants, usually the nuts, kernels, or seeds because this part of the plant is high in fat.  The part of the plant the oil comes from will generally determine it's properties.  

NUT CARRIER OILS


Carrier oils that are extracted from nuts are great for inflammation and dry skin.  They are often used in damaged skin because they are often natural anti-inflammatories and can speed up healing.


They are also used for face masks because they can promote skin elasticity and tightness.  They are generally good for acne-prone skin.

Nut oils include:


FRUIT CARRIER OILS


Carrier oils from fruits are generally dry oils.  That means that they soak into the skin quickly and don't leave your skin or hair feeling greasy after using them.


They are often gentle oils that nourish the skin.  Fruit oils are often used for massage, oil cleansing, and for sensitive skin.

Fruit oils include:


SEED CARRIER OILS


Seed carrier oils are often used for dry or red skin.  They are great for aging skin and in anti-aging recipes.  They can also be used for scars.


These carrier oils are more expensive than other carrier oils, so they are often used sparingly.  You can combine these with other carrier oils to lower the cost of your project.

Seed carrier oils include:


EXTRACTION


Now that you know what are carrier oils, it's time to choose the correct one.

When choosing a carrier oil, pay attention to how it is extracted because this affects its quality.  Cold pressed carrier oils are generally more expensive, but they retain more of the good properties of the carrier oil.

COLD PRESSED


Cold pressed carrier oils are extracted without heat.  The seed or nut is placed in a press.  A machine presses down on the seed or nut with high pressure to squeeze out the oil, leaving the pulp behind.  The oil is then filtered, leaving a carrier oil.

Cold pressing often extracts less oil than using other methods, but the oil is purer and of higher quality.  These oils are often more expensive, but it's a fair trade in my opinion.

EXPELLER PRESSED


Expeller pressed carriers are extracted similar to cold pressed oils in that there is a press that squeezes out the oil.  The difference is that in expeller pressed oils, the nut or seed is heated to extract more oil.  This added heat can damage some of the nutrients in the oil, thus making an inferior product.  This is sometimes called heat processed.

The label of a expeller pressed oil will sometimes have RDB on it.  This stands for Refined, Deodorlized, and Bleached.  Refining, deodorizing, and bleaching can help extend the shelf life of the oil and remove some of the color, so these are often used to make makeup or commercial products where a longer shelf life is desirable.


SOLVENT EXTRACTED


When a nut or seed is extracted using a solvent, it is soaked in a solvent.  The solvent could be methanol, ethanol, or petroleum ether.  This breaks the cell wall, releasing the oil into the solvent.  Then the solvent is filtered out, leaving behind the carrier oil.  

It's nearly impossible to filter out all of the solvent, so it's usually left behind.

The method is generally less expensive because it gives a higher yield.  Personally, I will not buy these carrier oils.  

STORING CARRIER OILS


The sun, light, and heat can shorten the shelf life of carrier oils.  It's recommended that you store them away from the light in a cool location.  

I store mine in bin in my bedroom closet.  I go through mine fairly quickly, so I very rarely lose an oil because it went rancid.


Carrier oils do a shelf life.  There are too many to list here, but be sure to label your oils with the month and year that you got them and when they expire.

If your carrier oils smell off, discard them and do not use them.  

With time, the fats and oils in the carrier oil can go rancid.  Rancidity means that some or all of the fats have oxidized.  

Beauty products are all about anti-oxidants, so you can see how this oxidation would be a bad thing for your skin!  

You can store your carrier oils in the fridge to keep them fresh.  But don't store avocado oil in the fridge.  

Carrier oils can get cloudy when they are cold, but that won't affect how they work.

WHERE TO BUY CARRIER OILS


I've been using carrier oils in DIY bath and body recipes and not for essential oils since the early 2000s.  I went to a local store that had just started selling soap and candle making supplies, including carrier oils.  

Honestly, at that time, I just wanted to walk in and buy my oils off and not pay for shipping.  I had no idea what a good carrier oil was or how to identify it.

I've since moved an hour away from the store, so I didn't go there for years.  Amazon was a thing, so I bought some carrier oils from other companies.  

That small store was now selling their line, Crafty Bubbles, in stores like Pat Catan's and Hobby Lobby, so I made the trip to the store a few years ago to stock up on oils.  

The quality of their oils are second to none.  I've had some carrier oils that were pale and almost watery where the Crafty Bubbles one is dark and thick.  

I can't say for certain that other brands dilute their oils or use inferior products, but I can say that Crafty Bubbles is a higher quality product. 

They do not have a website to order from, but some oils are available on Amazon.  Otherwise, you can call them or email them to order.

I don't work with them, and I don't make a commission from sales (except for those from Amazon).  I'm just letting you know what I like, what I use, and why I prefer that brand.

CHOOSING THE BEST CARRIER OILS


With so many options for carrier oils, how do you choose the best one?

Generally, any carrier oil can be substituted for another one in a DIY recipe.  You'll want to choose a carrier oil that fits your skin or hair care needs.

My favorite all purpose carrier oil is sweet almond oil.  It has some moisturizing properties, and it works great in roller bottles and in DIY recipes.  It's fairly inexpensive, too.

If I'm looking to a specific skin care need, I also look at the benefits of each carrier oil.  You can learn more about the benefits of more than 40 oils in my book Carrier Oils.


There are over 40 carrier oils, so it's not practical to own all of them.  I use them a lot making DIY beauty recipes, and I have had to toss some because they got too old to use.

The oils that I use the most are:

If I could only pick three oils, I'd pick sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and argan oil.  


Now that you know what are carrier oils, you can choose the best one for your needs.


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23 May 2019

How to Make Whipped Soap from Melt and Pour

How to make whipped soap from melt and pour soap.  This mermaid soap is light, fluffy, and perfect for bathing or use to shave your legs. 

To celebrate summer coming, I have this adorable whipped soap recipe made from melt and pour soap in a fun mermaid theme.  I've also teamed with with eight other bloggers to bring you summer themed DIY recipes, so check those out at the bottom of the post.

I've been wanting a good whipped, fluffy soap for a while.  My son has sensory issues, and he likes to play with putty and playdoh, so I thought he'd like it.  My daughter loves slime, so I knew she would love it too.

You can buy a foaming bath whip, but I will be honest in that I do not need more supplies.  I have an insane amount of supplies, so I wanted to use what I had to make a foaming soap instead of buying something new.

I tested some ways to make a whipped soap from melt and pour soap, and I found a winner.

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This makes a base recipe for whipped soap, and it's a great one.  I didn't add much extra to it, but I will be playing with a little more to see what additives also work in it.

I will also mention that I made this in high humidity when my house was 85 degrees, so it was pretty hot.  This whipped mermaid soap has held its shape and didn't fail even in the heat and humidity, so I feel pretty confident that this will work in all conditions.

21 May 2019

Succulent Sugar Scrub Soap Recipe

Exfoliate and cleanse at the same time with this adorable succulent sugar scrub soap recipe.  The succulents are sugar scrub cubes embedded in soap  This easy DIY soap recipe takes just a few hours to make.

Succulents are all the rage right now.  I have flowers, vegetable, and herb plants outside, but I don't keep plants inside because I have two cats.  

Carly probably wouldn't touch them, but Chloe chews on non-food items like a teething baby.  Seriously, it's like she has pica or something.  Can cats have pica? 

So I settle for cute succulent soaps instead of the real thing.  

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Earlier this year, Rebecca from Soap Deli News posted sugar scrub soaps for Valentine's Day with heart sugar scrub cubes embedded in soaps.  They were so cute, so I asked her if she minded if I used the same idea for this mold.

This sugar scrub soap recipe is easy to make, but it does take three pours.  You only have to make one batch of sugar scrub soap and one batch of soap that you can remelt for the third pour, so it really isn't hard or time consuming.  

16 May 2019

Best Summer Body Scrubs to Buy or DIY

Get glowing skin this summer with the best summer body scrubs to buy or DIY.  If you love making DIY sugar scrubs, then you'll love these.  If buying is more your style, I have you covered there too.

I don't know about you, but winter wrecks havoc on my skin.  It gets so dull and dry that by the time summer comes, I certainly don't have a summer glow.

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Exfoliating your skin with a sugar scrub helps slough off those dead skin cells for better looking skin.  Since you'll likely be in shorts or a bathing suit, this will help your skin glow.

Body scrubs also help you get a closer shave.  Use a scrub before you shave, and you'll add some time between shaves, too.

If you want a tan without raising your risk of skin cancer, try sunless tanning.  (I really like Jergens  Natural Glow Mousse because it doesn't streak.)  For a longer lasting tan, use a body scrub before you use the self-tanner.

Whether you are into DIY or just want to buy a scrub, here are the best summer body scrubs.

BEST SUMMER BODY SCRUBS TO BUY OR DIY

HANDMADE BODY SCRUBS TO BUY


UNICORN SUGAR SCRUB


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Unicorns are perfect all year round, but the colors on this Unicorn Sugar Scrub from Simply AC Boutique are perfect for summer.  

Supernova Whipped Sugar Scrub



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The colors of this Supernova Whipped Sugar scrub from Nectarfreshbodyco are stunning!  It's scented with jasmine and bergamot with bottom notes of cedarwood, ylang ylang, patchouli and vanilla.  If that doesn't smell like a warm summer evening, I'm not sure what does.

MERMAID WHIPPED SUGAR SCRUB


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Mermaids have more fun.  This emulsified whipped sugar scrub from Sunbasilgardenshop is beautiful and smells like the ocean mist combined with sea moss and florals.  

CACTUS BODY SCRUB


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This adorable cactus emulsified sugar scrub from LuxuriousBodyShop smells like lemon, orange, and lemongrass.  It has luxurious butters to soften your skin while the sugar exfoliates.  

GELATO SUGAR SCRUB


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I just love the color and packaging on this gelato sugar scrub from FeelingSmitten.  It has mango butter and shea butter to soften and moisturize your skin. 

SUNTAN GIRL 


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Here's another scrub from SunbasilgardenSoap, this time a Sun Tan Girl scrub.  This one smells just like your favorite sun tan lotion.  YUM!

COTTON CANDY SUGAR SCRUB


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My favorite part of going to the fair each summer is the cotton candy.  This cotton candy sugar scrub from ConfidentGirlsShop is adorable.

BEST SUMMER SCRUBS TO DIY


WATERMELON MINT SUGAR SCRUB


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This light summer scent was inspired by the Chick Fil A drink a few years ago.  If you want a light summer scent, try this watermelon mint sugar scrub recipe.  

ALOE AND LAVENDER FACE SCRUB


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This aloe and lavender face scrub from Creative Green Living is perfect after you've been in the sun all day.  

COCONUT LIME SUGAR SCRUB


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This basic sugar scrub recipe smells just like a pina colada.  Learn how to make an easy coconut lime sugar scrub.  

LEMON SUGAR AND SALT SCRUB


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The light scent of lemon is perfect for one of the best summer body scrubs to buy or DIY.  This lemon scrub Country Hill Cottage has both salt and sugar to scrub your skin.

COCONUT AND CALENDULA SUGAR SCRUB 


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Soothe irritated skin with this coconut and calendula sugar scrub.  It has dried calendula, which is great for irritated skin (but don't use it on broken skin).

BLUEBERRY SUGAR SCRUB 


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There are few things better than fresh blueberries in the summer.  This blueberry sugar scrub from Soap Deli News has camellia seed oil and shea butter to nourish your skin.

LEMON MOJITO SUGAR SCRUB


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This lemon mojito sugar scrub recipe is another basic recipe that's perfect for getting your legs soft before you head to the beach.

HIBISCUS SUGAR SCRUB WITH YLANG YLANG


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This hibiscus sugar scrub with ylang ylang must smell like a summer evening.  Get the recipe from A Life Adjacent.  

LIME MINT SUGAR SCRUB


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This lime mint sugar scrub recipe has a light summery scent.  Use this before shaving for a super smooth shave.

If you like making body scrubs, try my Body Scrubs book for 30 recipes that are perfect for fun or profit.


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14 May 2019

Dandelion Oil Lip Balm Recipe for Dry or Chapped Lips

Heal dry lips and add moisture with this easy dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  It's made from oil that is infused with dandelions for their healing effects on your lips and skin.

I may or may not have had to rush outside when I heard my husband start the John Deere so I could save some dandelions from a certain death.  We actually didn't have a lot of dandelions this year.  

With almost 12 acres of grass to mow, you'd think there would be 1000s of them, but they were just in certain spots this year.  I did manage to pick a few cups worth of flowers to make some dandelion oil.

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After I made the oil (learn how to make dandelion oil and learn about its benefits and uses here), I used it to make dandelion oil lotion bars and now this dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  

This lip balm recipe is excellent for dry lips.  My lips are dry in the winter because of the heat, and they are dry in the summer due to the sun.  

If you've ever had your lips burned from the sun, this is the lip balm recipe that you need.  

This lip balm recipe is also great in the winter, so you may want to save your dried dandelions to infuse them in the fall for a fresh batch of dandelion oil lip balm in the fall and winter when lips are prone to dryness.  

DANDELION OIL LIP BALM RECIPE

This dandelion oil lip balm recipe isn't the only thing you can make with dandelion infused oil.  Here are more dandelion infused oil recipes to inspire you:

DANDELION INFUSED OIL


I devoted an entire post on to how to make dandelion oil and its benefits, so I won't repeat all of it here.  By diffusing the flower and a carrier oil, you get the benefits of both the flower and the carrier oil.

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I used dandelion infused oil because dandelions can help promote skin cell regeneration.  They are also a natural anti-inflammatory, which is important for dry or chapped lips.  

Dandelion infused oil can take from one to three weeks to make, so plan early to make this dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  

I infused my dandelions with chia seed oil for my solid lotion bars, so I used the same oil to make this dandelion oil lip balm recipe.  

Chia seed oil is a luxurious oil and is a heavier oil.  This will leave your lips feeling oily after you use it.  If you want a lighter oil, I'll give some more suggestions below.

Chia seed oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids to moisturize your skin.  It also strengthens the top layer of the skin to keep moisture against your skin.

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If you would rather use a lighter oil, you can infuse your dandelions with other oils.  Apricot oil and grapeseed oil are both dry oils, which means that soak into your skin quickly.

Sweet almond oil is dryish oil, meaning that is soaks in fairly quickly but not as quick as apricot or grapeseed.  It's a great all purpose carrier oil, so you could use the infusion in other recipes.  

Castor oil is a heavy oil, but it's wonderful to add to a lip balm for dry lips.  Hemp seed oil and avocado oil are both on the heavier side, but they have a lot of qualities that help them heal dry or chapped lips.

If you'd rather buy already infused dandelion oil, you can get some on Etsy.  

Learn more about over 40 carrier oils and their benefits in my book Carrier Oils.


BEESWAX


Beeswax is what makes this a lip balm instead of a thick oil.  Beeswax isn't just a thickener though; it has benefits for your skin.  

Beeswax creates a barrier on top of your lips.  This helps trap the dandelion oil and the shea butter to your skin, so they can work longer and penetrate the skin deeper.

Beeswax is also naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, which are both great qualities to have in a lip balm for dry or cracked lips.

How to make DIY dandelion lip balm.  Use dandelion infused oil for the best homemade lip balm recipe.  This lip balm recipe has shea butter and beeswax to moisturize dry lips.  Home made lip balm with just three ingredients.  Make a natural lip balm recipe for dry or chapped lips.  Natural lip balm without yucky ingredients.  #lipbalm #dandelion

SHEA BUTTER


I chose shea butter because it's very moisturizing for dry skin.  It is said to boost collagen production, which is important to keep your lips looking good.  

You could also use mango butter or cocoa butter.  Cocoa butter will result in a harder lip balm recipe, which would be better suited to lip balm tubes than pots.  


LIP BALM CONTAINERS


One of the reasons that I love this recipe is that it fits perfectly in 12 lip balm tubes.  I buy the Crafty Bubbles lip balm tubes, which come 12 in a pack.  They are made in the USA, so that's an added bonus.

This time, I used lip balm pots.  This is a softer lip balm recipe.  It does work in the tubes, but I was out of tubes and had some pots from Crafty Bubbles. 

This recipe makes about 7.2 pots, so pour a little less to fill 8 or put your extra in a little souffle cup.  I always keep souffle cups on hand when making things.  I give the extras to friends or family who are always thrilled with them even if they are small.

INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Place the dandelion infused oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a Pyrex measuring cup.  Place it in a pan of water to create a double boiler.  

I set my measuring cup on a canning jar ring to elevate it so it's not touching the bottom of the pan.  Never heat carrier oils over direct heat.

I don't recommend using a microwave to melt shea butter.  If shea butter gets too hot, it can get gritty.

STEP #2


Remove the melted mixture from the double boiler and let cool for a few minutes.


STEP #3


Carefully pour into lip balm pots or tubes.  Let cool completely.


Now you have a very moisturizing dandelion oil lip balm recipe that's perfect for dry or cracked lips!

Use this lip balm to soothe your lips after spending time in the sun to hep your lip heal and add moisture.  

I hope you love this dandelion oil lip balm recipe!  


Dandelion Oil Lip Balm Recipe for Dry or Chapped Lips

Yield: 12 lip balm tubes
Author: Cari Dunn
Estimated cost: $5
prep time: 15 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Heal dry lips and add moisture with this easy dandelion oil lip balm recipe. It's made from oil that is infused with dandelions for their healing effects on your lips and skin.

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How to Make Dandelion Lip Balm
  1. Place the dandelion infused oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a Pyrex measuring cup. Place it in a pan of water to create a double boiler.
  2. Remove the melted mixture from the double boiler and let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Carefully pour into lip balm pots or tubes. Let cool completely.
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How to make DIY dandelion lip balm.  Use dandelion infused oil for the best homemade lip balm recipe.  This lip balm recipe has shea butter and beeswax to moisturize dry lips.  Home made lip balm with just three ingredients.  Make a natural lip balm recipe for dry or chapped lips.  Natural lip balm without yucky ingredients.  #lipbalm #dandelion

How to make DIY dandelion lip balm.  Use dandelion infused oil for the best homemade lip balm recipe.  This lip balm recipe has shea butter and beeswax to moisturize dry lips.  Home made lip balm with just three ingredients.  Make a natural lip balm recipe for dry or chapped lips.  Natural lip balm without yucky ingredients.  #lipbalm #dandelion
How to make DIY dandelion lip balm.  Use dandelion infused oil for the best homemade lip balm recipe.  This lip balm recipe has shea butter and beeswax to moisturize dry lips.  Home made lip balm with just three ingredients.  Make a natural lip balm recipe for dry or chapped lips.  Natural lip balm without yucky ingredients.  #lipbalm #dandelion






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