Good Night Kiss | DIY Lip Balm

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“Admit it. It was good for you too.”

Sometimes people are not what they appear to be. In the Verse, none know that better than a certain beloved Captain Malcolm Reynolds. In the episode, “Our Mrs. Reynolds,” our plucky crew of Serenity manage to help out members of the Triumphant Settlers from some unsavory characters. In return for their good deeds, the settlers throw them a celebration. There’s dancing, drinking, and Jayne even gets a magical rain stick. (Yes, I know that sounds so … uh … pleasant. Cheers!) The next day, Serenity and her lovely crew load up and take off of the terraformed planet. A short bit later, while Mal is organizing some of their recently acquired goods he makes a discovery. That discovery would be none other than his young, nubile wife.

The only catch is, he doesn’t remember her OR the whole ‘getting married‘ part of things either. Luckily Shepherd Book is there to sort it all out and in fact he was married during the celebration the night before. She put a wreath on his head, gave him some of her wine, and then they danced. Talk about obscure wedding ceremonies… just think if that was viable in our society today. You go to a rave, somebody gives you a glow stick hat, buys you a drink, and then dances with you a little… BAM you’re married. 

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But I digress… again. Anyways, this episode is hilarious and is in my top 3 episodes (the others being “Shindig” and “Objects in Space”). It’s pretty much everything you could ask for in a science fiction TV episode: guns, fighting, spaceships, alcohol, intrigue, witty banter, manipulation, and naked attractive people.

Well, Mrs. Reynolds isn’t what she seems at all. *SPOILERS* She lures Mal into kissing him (which automatically sends him to the “Special Hell” – in Shepherd Books mind), he gets roofied from the narcotic-based lip balm she’s wearing, and then she goes and sabotages the ship. You know, like you do. Luckily our crew saves the day then Mal catches up with our companion-trained Saffron. There’s a bit of a tussle, Saffron admits to being a sociopath (maybe not in so many words but it’s implied), and then Mal knocks her out. good_for_you_too_by_jaeliusphotography-d3boa0k[Old drawing I made a few years back while I was designing a beer label for one of our friends who enjoys home-brewing]

Now with all the back story out of the way, I’ve been trying to come up with some not-so-obvious DIYs for this week. What better than a ‘non-roofied’ version of the lip balm Saffron uses. Simon referred to it as the “Good Night Kiss” so that’s what we’re going to call it.

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How-to and stuff

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First off you’ll need your ingredients. And don’t skimp on this stuff because the better quality ingredients you get the smoother and more nourishing balm you’ll have. I purchased everything off of the internet. For a one-off project, this may be a little pricey if you don’t have the supplies already – BUT – this stuff is handy to have around the house and you can make a plethora of different items (lotion, lip balm, creams, etc). The recipe will make about 1.5oz of lip balm (4 .15oz tubes, 5 .07oz tubes, and .25oz pots). Enough to last you a few months or to give out as presents. Yay presents.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax (or soy wax)

  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter

  • 1 tablespoon of mango butter

  • ½ tablespoon of cocoa butter

  • 1 tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil

  • ½ tablespoon of pure honey (optional, flavoring)

  • 12 drops of peppermint essential oil

  • 6 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil

  • 8 drops of vanilla essential oil

Directions:

  1. Before you start anything, prep your lip balm tubes and pans. This next part will sound silly but go ahead and put a spoon in the freezer.lipdiy-1082

  2. Prep a double-boiler, use a pan with about 1.5’’ of water and get it to a gentle boil.

  3. In a glass dish, or medium glass measuring cup, combine the beeswax pellet and butter together and place over the double-boiler.lipdiy-1087

  4. Stir your butters and wax until everything is melted and smooth.

  5. Add in your honey, make sure you stir until the honey is completely melted and dissolved.

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  6. Add in the sweet almond oil. Take off of the heat, rest your dish on a trivet – use caution because the dish will be hot. (If you would like to add some sort of coloring, do so now. Since GNK is supposed to go unnoticed on the lips, I just kept everything natural and non-colored).

  7. While still stirring add in your essential oils and mix till everything is homogeneous. Do not add your oils while your mixture is still on the heat. Depending on the essential oil your flash point will vary. Many scents will evaporate quickly when added to heat.

  8. Take your spoon out of the freezer and quickly dip it into your liquid. Upon removing it, the balm on the spoon should be hardened. Go ahead and try it to see if you like the texture, scent, etc … if not, adjust accordingly.

  9. When the balm is to your liking, go ahead and pour it into the containers.
    Note: You will probably have to reheat your mixture halfway through pouring as this stuff sets up fast. Just set it back on the double boiler, melt thoroughly, take off of the heat and finish pouring.lipdiy-1093

  10. Once you’ve poured all of your balm into their respective tubes and pans, let them set up for at least 1-2 hours. After that you can clean up and excess spillage.

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  11. Cap your lovelies and then label your tubes. To apply the labels, either buy some standard large envelope labels or make some via Photoshop, cut them out and then attach them with packing tape. Shiny! GNKlipbalm-3

 

This balm is awesome! It’s very nourishing and it tastes and smells delicious. And as an added bonus, it’s significant other approved. It will also act as a lip plumper because of the cinnamon bark essential oil. So between that and the peppermint essential oil, your lips will feel all sorts of wonderful. I love it. Note: I have never made any kind of homemade lip product before and was a bit afraid that I’d mess up. Follow these steps and you will not fail. Plus all your friends will be raving about how awesomely talented you are.

Now, if you don’t want to make your own – we do have this lip balm on our newly launched Etsy storefront. How shiny is that!

Just partner this with our DIY lip scrub (go ahead and check it out, it’s super easy to make). Your lips will become a master of awesome softness. No one will be able to resist you. 😉

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1 Comment

  • Sammy Ann says:

    Waiting for my balms to cool as I type! I added a tad bit of hemp oil to my almond oil! Let’s see how they turned out…
    AMAZING!
    THANK YOU!

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