How to Make Lip Balm & Solid Perfume

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume feat via @poorandpretty

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume via @poorandpretty

Ever wanted to learn how to make lip balm or solid perfume? Do a happy dance ’cause this is a two-for-one, incredibly easy DIY beauty tutorial! It’s brought to you by our friends at Bramble Berry, one of my go-to sites for natural beauty making supplies. I’m using their 100% natural Solid Perfume Base, which also doubles as a lip balm base. Yay! I love a good two-for-one deal.

Bramble Berry Solid Perfume Base

I opted for the Solid Perfume Base in their 16oz heat-safe bag, because it can be microwaved or boiled, making it really easy to melt the base down. The base contains Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Sweet Almond oil, and Avocado oil. If you’d like a truly vegan base, try Bramble Berry’s Nourish Lip Balm Base, which uses Candelilla Wax instead (a plant-based wax I also use in my vegan Coco Balm lip balm).

Lip Balm Recipe – makes 12 lip balms

  • 2 oz Solid Perfume Base (about ¼ cup)
  • up to 0.2 oz (6 mL) of your favorite lip-safe essential oil(s) (about 1 tsp)
    • caution: not all essential oils are lip-safe/edible! Verify that yours are before putting them into your lip balm.

Solid Perfume Recipe – makes 12 perfumes

Other Supplies You’ll Need:

  • a heat-safe measuring cup with spout – a Pyrex one or this will work great
  • an oven mitt (that heat-safe bag gets hot!) 
  • lip balm tubes or pots
  • spoon
  • optional: lip balm pouring tray – I have unsteady hands, so I like to use this when filling up lip balm tubes
  • optional: pipettes – these make measuring your essential oils very easy!

Lip Balm Tray

Whether you’re making solid perfumes or lip balms, just melt down the solid perfume base (microwave the bag in 30-second increments), measure out 2oz (¼ cup) into your measuring cup, add in your essential oils, stir, and pour! Easy-peasy. Now you’ve got an all-natural lip balm or solid perfume. If you go somewhere in the middle on essential oil usage, you can use your creation as both a lip balm and solid perfume.

A note on citrus essential oils: Most citrus essential oils (lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit) are edible, but they are also photosensitizers, which means they absorb sunlight intensely and put your skin at greater risk of sunburn. Though I love my citrus essential oils, for this reason I would caution against using them in your lip balms. If you do use them in lip balms, wear a different lip balm (preferably one with some SPF) on days when you’re lounging at the beach or spending lots of time outside.

DIY Lip Balm and Solid Perfume 2 via @poorandpretty

Not a fan of solid perfumes? Check out my recipes for an all-natural oil-based perfume and body spray and alcohol-based perfume.

Disclosure: I was provided some of the supplies shown in this post by Bramble Berry, because I totally love them and they love me too! This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here. 


Local Love: Rachel DeCavage of Cinder + Salt

Local Love Cinder-Salt feature via @poorandpretty

Welcome to the second Local Love post, where I interview my favorite Connecticut creators. Missed out on the first one? Go back and read my interview with Brittany Morgan, the sassy hand lettering latté and confetti addict behind Glitter & Bold.

Every entrepreneur has a fellow entrepreneur (or a few) they aspire to be — someone who’s a little further along the path, who you look to for advice during those (frequent) moments of self-doubt. While I admire all of my fellow boss babes, Cinder + Salt‘s Rachel DeCavage is kind of my Fairy Bossmother. (She’s going to hate that.) Rachel and I met at a craft fair in 2011 and became fast friends, working together on lots of collaborations along the way.

Local Love Cinder + Salt

Rachel is confident and fearless when it comes to her business, Cinder + Salt (previously sugarplumUSA), her line of low-impact clothing, accessories, and housewares. You might’ve seen me wearing her Dreamcatcher Tank or remember my post about her #LikeABoss Collection. Her hand-drawn designs are uniquely hers, and each t-shirt, sweater, and necktie is screen printed by hand in her East Hartford studio. Cinder + Salt is inspired by the residue of a weekend well spent; the scent of campfire on your clothes and the taste of salt water on your skin.

{ Octopus Tank }

Sami: When did you start making?
Rachel: I’ve always been someone who makes things… I get it from my grandma, I suppose, who taught my sisters and I how to hook rugs when we were like 3 years old. I was using a thread and needle before I knew how to write. Spending my life working with fibers, in many different formats, and growing up alongside my dad’s commercial printing business seems to have very neatly defined my career path.

cinder and salt booth
{ Cinder + Salt booth }

Sami: What’s your favorite thing about being a creative entrepreneur?
Rachel: The only person I have to answer to is myself. And I’m not talking about, “yay I only have to work 3 hours today because I’m my own boss!’ Any entrepreneur can tell you that answering to yourself is the most challenging, but rewarding thing ever. Did sales suck this month, you lose a big account? What are you gonna do about it? Close up shop and go work at a grocery store? Or are you gonna take a hard look at your business, figure out what works, what doesn’t, and move forward? It’s invigorating and empowering to constantly have to push yourself further and further out of your comfort zone.

cinder and salt toasting in tanks
{ Crab Tank and Seagull Tank }

Sami: What feeds your creative energy?
Rachel: Vodka.

Sami: How do you combat creative block?
Rachel: Vodka.

All jokes aside, I have literally never had creative block. I have too many ideas and not enough time in the day to bring them to life. My creativity stems mostly from nature, wildlife and the environment around me. If I’m working on a custom project and can’t get jazzed about it, I take it as a sign and just walk away from it. If you’re not immediately engaged with a project, it’s not the right fit for you.

integrity sexy tees cinder and salt
{ Integrity Tee and Sexy White Tee }

Sami: What’s your mantra?
Rachel: A quote from The Lorax that guides me every day, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better, it’s not.”

{ Thunderbird Boatneck Pullover }

Sami: What do you do to relax?
Rachel: ???!!! On the rare day off, I drink coffee on the porch and watch my cat hunt bugs. Then I schedule meetings, think about launching my next collection, get stressed because I don’t know how to relax and end up taking a 3 hour nap. Naps are usually followed by an alcoholic beverage, guilt over not being productive and then spending 3 hours in my studio being blissful because I’m happiest when I’m working on things.

girls kids tees cinder and salt

{ Girls Feather Tee and Girls Orca Tee }

Sami: What’s your one piece of advice for creative entrepreneurs?
Rachel: “You only live once.” For a long time I felt like that was a call to live life to its fullest, be adventurous, speak your mind! (Omg remember when “YOLO” wasn’t a thing? That’s when I used to say this all the time to myself.) But now I feel like it’s more of a responsibility; you have one life to make an impact — what is your cause, your purpose? How are you gonna make it happen?

{ Eat Local Long Sleeve Tee and Canoe + Oars Slouchy Pullover }

Sami: What’s your favorite CT restaurant?
Rachel: I’m a big fan of 116 Crown in New Haven. I love how their drink menu is arranged; I usually order from the ‘subtle and aromatic’ section.

Sami: What book is on your nightstand?
Rachel: Small Giants by Bo Burlingham – an easy read about businesses who put purpose before profit and have a huge impact. I refer back to it frequently.

Sami: If you could invite 3 people (alive or dead) over for a picnic, who would you invite?
Rachel: Jack Johnson. Steve Zissou. My lover, Adam.

{ Whaleshark Organic Cotton Tee }

Sami: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Rachel: I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska in the winter to sleep on a frozen lake and watch the Northern Lights. Why? Because nature is amazing. I’d also love to go to the Seychelles Islands and swim with whale sharks – mostly because that’s in their migration route during January, the only month when I can afford time off.

Shop Cinder + Salt online or in person. Rachel is constantly on the move, booking shows throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts — check out her upcoming events. Need custom apparel? She does that too. She even hosts DIY screen printing workshops!


5 Beauty Benefits of Aloe

Beauty Benefits of Aloe feature via @poorandpretty

Beauty Benefits of Aloe via @poorandpretty

1. Soothes Sunburn. It’s no secret that aloe vera gel is amazing at healing sunburn. Most of us keep it stocked in our home for just this reason. (We had bottles of it in my bathroom growing up. My Nana — whose name was Vera — would see the bottles and pretend they were saying “hello” to her. ;) However, many drugstore Aloe Vera Gels are full of toxic chemical preservatives because real Aloe Vera Leaf Juice is very fragile and readily grows bacteria. So, I make my own After-Sun Aloe Spray and stick it in the fridge. If you’d prefer to buy rather than DIY, I recommend this stuff.

2. Balances pH. Our diet or beauty products can throw our natural pH level out of whack, but Aloe can help set it straight. This is why I include pure Aloe Vera Leaf Juice in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner. Using toner is a crucial part of my daily beauty routine because it balances my skin’s pH level after using face wash.

3. Moisturizes. Did you know Aloe absorbs into the skin four times faster than water? Yep! This makes it an incredible moisturizer for hair and skin, which is why I include it in my Rose + Sea Salt Hairspray and my Rose + Tea Facial Toner.

4. Heals & Prevents Acne. Aloe’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great natural ingredient to use on acne-prone skin. Another reason it’s in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner!

5. Prevents Dandruff. By soothing, balancing, and moisturizing our scalp and hair, Aloe helps prevent dandruff and hair loss. I’ve added it to my Rose + Sea Salt Hairspray to counteract the drying effect of salt. 

Rose Tea Facial Toner 2

Soak up the beauty benefits of Aloe in my 100% natural Rose + Tea Facial Toner and Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray

Rose Salt Hair Spray 2

I love the way my hair looks after using my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray. Check out my tutorial on how to get beautiful beachy waves.

DIY Soothing After Sun Aloe Spray sq via @poorandpretty

Want to make your own soothing after-sun spray with Aloe? Check out my tutorial!


DIY Natural Beauty Workshop at Hartford Prints!

DIY Natural Beauty at HP Email

DIY Natural Beauty at HP Sq

Hey natural beauties!

Join me this September for a DIY Natural Beauty Workshop at Hartford Prints!

I will be sharing techniques for creating natural beauty necessities including body oils, bath salts, scrubs, and exfoliating masks. I’ll also give an an overview of toxic ingredients to avoid and how (and where!) to find truly natural beauty products.

Students will take home a body oil, scrub, bath salts, an oatmeal mask, and will receive a free preview of my natural beauty eBook, launching in October!! So exciting! All materials will be provided and light brunch-style snacks and refreshments will be served.

There are only 12 spots available, so reserve yours today!


Outfit: Mint Chocolate Chip + 7 Year Stamiversary

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit feat via @poorandpretty

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit via @poorandpretty

Today is my & Stan’s 7-year anniversary!!! Kind of unbelievable. We celebrated last night by binging on buffalo wings, ice cream, and episodes of The Office. Tonight, I’ll be moving lots of stuff out of my office to prep the room for hardwood floors while he plays D&D with his friends. That’s love, baby. 

Oh, and I’m posting photos of Stan & I over the years on Instagram today if you want to time travel with us! ♥

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit 3 via @poorandpretty

We’ve had so much ice cream this summer, and from so many great local creameries! One of our favorites is Sweet Claude’s in Cheshire. While I was in Rhode Island, we had ice cream at The Sweet Spot in Narragansett. This past weekend, our friends Anton and Briana introduced us to Frisbie’s in New Britain. Our orders are almost always the same: I love Black Raspberry and Stan’s all about the Mint Chocolate Chip.

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit back via @poorandpretty

I had to call this outfit Mint Chocolate Chip, especially because it might be one of Stan’s favorites. ;) I switched into it as soon as I got home from work yesterday. If it wasn’t socially unacceptable, I would have worn it to work too — it was so damn hot!

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit makeup Au Naturale 100Pure via @poorandpretty

I’m also digging this lipstick in a big way. It’s Au Naturale’s Sangria lipstick, a shimmery fuchsia shade. It makes for a very pretty pop of color, don’t you think?

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit details via @poorandpretty

Here’s a peep at a few more outfit details — the purse came in one of my Stitch Fix boxes, the watch is this sparkly Timex, and I picked up the bustier from Amazon to wear to The Rocky Horror Picture Show last October. It was not fun to wear in October, but perfect for a lazy anniversary date night in August!

Mint Chocolate Chip Outfit 2 via @poorandpretty

Outfit Details: Striped Bustier: Metal Mulisha, Amazon, $25. Green shorts: American Eagle, $15 (similar, similar). Tribal Purse: Street Level, Stitch Fix, $48 (similar, similar). Watch: Timex Originals Classic Round, courtesy of Timex. Confetti + Studio: thanks to The Confetti Bar.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.