From the December 2019 issue

How to Make Lip Balm with the Digital Divas

Mind your "beeswax" and create your own custom-colored and scented lip balm – just like the Digital Divas.

A smear of pink lip gloss on a white background

Getting young girls interested in STEM fields is a major focus for educators. And Eastern Michigan University has been so successful at it with the Digital Divas program.

Divas are involved in building architects, apps, skin-care products creators and build bridges. The Divas next gather in spring while the boys involved in the program, the Digital Dudes will reconvene next fall.

In the meantime, you can get your daughter interested in STEM with this DIY lip gloss recipe.

Safety first

  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes at all times.
  • Be sure an adult manages the stove and pours hot liquids for you.
  • Don’t eat or drink anything while working on your project.

Materials

  • Lip balm tubes or tins (find on Amazon, at Michaels, etc.)
  • Beeswax (buy on Amazon or at local drugstore)
  • Coconut oil
  • Lipstick (optional; you’ll need to cut a small chunk from it)
  • Double boiler (for stovetop) or glass bowl (for microwave) 
  • Craft stick
  • Essential oil (optional)

Directions

Note: This recipe makes three tubes or tins of lip balm!

  1. Measure out 8 grams (about 1.5 tsp.) of beeswax into the double boiler or bowl.
  2. In the same pot, add another 8 grams (about 1.5 tsp.) coconut oil.
  3. If you’d like, add a small chunk of lipstick for color.
  4. Place the double boiler on the stovetop over low heat and slowly heating the mixture until everything melts. Gradually heat in the microwave if using the bowl. (Note: Using a double boiler is important; do not heat the mixture directly!)
  5. Use a craft stick to mix everything together.
  6. When everything has melted, add a few drops of an essential oil like lemon or peppermint.
  7. Mix with a craft stick.
  8. Have an adult help you pour the hot mixture into your lip balm tubes or tins
  9. Wait until the mixture cools and solidifies before touching and using.

Want more info about the Digital Divas? Check them out at emich.edu/digitaldivas and read up on the program for boys here.

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