Honey Orange Lip Balm

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You can buy lip balm practically anywhere for super cheap. Say, under $1 per tube. What you can't do, however, is make your own flavorings or guarantee there are not unpronounceable ingredients in that product you're about to put on your lips. Which are, practically, your mouth. Which means, theoretically, you could ingest it. Okay, enough with the hypotheticals and on to the lip balm making!

I made my lip balm in a single large Altoids tin. Why? Because that's what I had on hand and I didn't really need to make lip balm for a bunch of people (turns out that the holidays are over!). And boy am I glad I made it. I now have a wonderful tin of delicious smelling (and tasting if, um, you just happen to lick your lips) balm that melts instantly into my lips and leaves a crazy high sheen. Perfecto!

A couple of tips to make this project a little easier:

  • Beeswax is hard to cut. I bought a vegetable peeler from the dollar store and used that to shave off the bar until I had enough.
  • Who needs a double boiler? Not me! Check out my method for using a mason jar as a double boiler - works like a charm. Which brings me to the next point...
  • Beeswax is a pain to clean up. Some people have a double boiler that they use exclusively for beeswax. I, however, don't even have one double boiler. So, instead, I have a dedicated mason jar for melting and use the end of a chopstick for stirring.

Supplies

  • 2 teaspoons shaved beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 6 drops sweet orange essential oil

Directions

  • Add beeswax, oil, and honey to your mason jar.
  • Fill the pan with water until it reaches the halfway point on the jar.
  • Place the pan over high heat until it begins to boil, then reduce to medium heat.
  • Keep over heat until the mixture is melted, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the jar from the pan, add the essential oils, and stir.
  • Move the jar into a bowl filled with cold water and stir until it begins to thicken.
  • Carefully, making sure not to drip any water into your container, pour the mixture into your container and let cool over night.

This lip balm is very soft the first few days. Just running your finger across it will give you enough for an application. If you want it to be firmer, let it continue to harden over the course of a week or so.

Now, go to town! Make different flavors (peppermint, lemon, grapefruit...the list goes on!), use different container types, or increase the amounts to make several as gifts. Trust me - it's fun!

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  • Gravatar for Kaylie Kipe

    Mayme & Lynn - Oh no, I'm so sorry the lip balm is giving you a hard time! I was away from the blog for the holidays, so I'm really sorry I wasn't here to help. :-(

    I'm planning on remaking this video (in my newer style) so I can show it being made live rather than through pictures. Hopefully that will help.

    Posted by Kaylie Kipe, 05/01/2014 6:51pm (4 years ago)

  • Gravatar for Lynn M.

    Just attempted making this and am having the same problem as Mayme.... The honey won't incorporate.

    Posted by Lynn M., 20/12/2013 5:50pm (4 years ago)

  • Gravatar for Mayme

    I'm making these today and having a hard time keeping the honey mixed into the the wax/oil. Any suggestions? I take it off the stove hot and stirred and then pour into tins and the last (of 4 tins) definitely has more honey in it because it is darker than the others (since the honey has sunk to the bottom of the jar). And as they solidify each tin has honey on the bottom and a solid layer of fat on the top. Help!

    Posted by Mayme, 20/12/2013 12:36pm (4 years ago)

  • Gravatar for Kaylie Kipe

    Hi Julie!

    I personally haven't tried replacing the coconut oil. However, I think you could replace it with almond oil or sunflower oil. You might need to increase the amount of beeswax by just a bit to maintain a nice texture, but I bet it would turn out great!

    Posted by Kaylie Kipe, 20/11/2013 7:18pm (4 years ago)

  • Gravatar for julie

    can i replace the coconut with something?

    Posted by julie, 16/11/2013 8:55pm (4 years ago)

  • Gravatar for Kaylie Kipe

    Paola - Oooh, I've never tried it with cinnamon. Sounds good!

    Posted by Kaylie Kipe, 07/10/2013 6:47pm (4 years ago)

  • Gravatar for PAOLA

    I tried it. very easy to do and very cool. I add cinnamon flavour and my friends are becoming fool for this. :-)

    Posted by PAOLA, 27/09/2013 4:00am (4 years ago)

  • Gravatar for Beth Howard

    This looked pretty easy so I went ahead and made it. First thing I've ever made with a double boiler! Thanks!

    Posted by Beth Howard, 27/03/2013 6:38pm (4 years ago)

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