This week on Tween Tuesday, we’re making some Kool Aid Lip Balm. We’ve been talking about making homemade lip balm for awhile and we finally settled on trying it with Kool Aid.
My daughter had a friend over recently and she was telling us about making lip balm with crayons. Lets face it, when kids wear lip balm, some of it ends up IN the mouth too. I am not a fan of melted crayons being in my child’s mouth. The Kool-Aid lip balm recipes I found used Vaseline and I wasn’t thrilled with that either. If there is fruit-flavored tint in the lip balm, it will end up in the mouth and petroleum jelly isn’t something I want IN my child’s mouth.
Now before you think I’m overreacting, let me explain why I’m even thinking about this. When I was in 5th grade, I remember getting my first Avon lime-flavored lip balm. I was thrilled to have it and whenever I applied it, I immediately licked my lips. Then one day, a girl in my class asked to try it. I didn’t want to say yes, but I let her anyway. Well I wish I hadn’t because when I got it back, I saw that she TOOK A BITE OUT OF IT! Can you believe that? I went home and sliced the end off and that was the last time I brought my lip balm to school! Though I am certain my children won’t be “eating” the lip balm, I still decided to make sure it was completely edible!
The girls began began with 4 packets of Kool-Aid – Watermelon, Black Cherry, Orange and Pink Lemonade. Each packet was emptied into a small glass cup, along with about 2-3 tsp of granulated sugar per cup. Then a little water was added to dissolve the Kool-Aid and sugar. (Start with just a little, like maybe a teaspoonful, then add more if needed. You can always add, but you can’t take away too much!)
Next I softened about 1 cup Organic Coconut Oil for about 15 seconds in the microwave. It cannot be firm. The oil does not need to be liquified, but at least soft enough where it will mix well with the Kool-Aid mixture. Add about a tablespoon of oil per cup and mix. Keep stirring gently until it is well blended. I needed to add at least another spoonful of oil per cup.
Divide among pots and place in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes. If it is a hot day, leave it in a bit longer to firm up, but this should be only 10-15 minutes max. Remove, then store in a cool place.
Kool Aid Lip Balm
This was a fun activity and girls had a great time making the lip balm with friends. We only used 2 tsp of sugar per packet of Kool-Aid and the flavors were all on the tart side. Since the girls like sour candies, this wasn’t an issue for them. If you need a sweeter batch and add more sugar, then I recommend making sure the coconut oil is a bit more of a liquid consistency to help it dissolves more easily.