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.
- 2 teaspoons shaved beeswax
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 6 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 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!