This time of year my lips are always getting dried out because of the cold dry weather. It’s also the time of year I start wondering what on earth to do for Christmas gifts. Making lip balm is a great solution to both of those problems! For the most basic lip balm you really only need two ingredients: beeswax and some kind of oil. I use just my corn oil that I use for baking.
I like to add some honey to my lip balm because it gives it a bit of a sweet flavor.
There’s no need to add flavoring to this recipe, but you can if you want something more exotic than just honey.
Melt the wax and oil together in a double boiler. I used 1/2 ounce of beeswax and a scant 2/3 cup of oil. When it’s melted, turn the heat off. You can remove it from the double boiler also. Once the wax has melted, add 1 Tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of honey.
You’ll notice the honey just sitting on the bottom of the pan. It will never stay mixed with the melted oil/wax mixture.
Keep stirring to make sure your honey is distributed throughout the lip balm. This is the time to add a flavor if you want. Be careful if you are using essential oils because some can be harsh and dry lips even more. You can also add a bit of lipstick and let it melt if you want to have a colored lip balm. Of course, I think that kind of defeats the point of making your own.
When it begins to get white and thick, it’s time to put it into containers. I ordered the little tube containers because that’s what I like the best. You can use any small container that you have.
If you are using a small jar, just fill it up. If you are using the tube, you’ll want to pour the lip balm down one side. Work quickly because when it hits the cool plastic, it will solidify quickly. If you get air bubbles, you can tap the bottom of the tube on the counter to work the bubble to the top.
Make sure you keep stirring when you fill your spoon. If it cool so much that you can’t pour it anymore, just set it back over the double boiler and let it melt a bit. It does take a bit of practice to be able to fill those tubes with any kind of grace, and I’m obviously out of practice!
After they were cooled and solid, I had to clean the tubes off before I put the caps on them.
This is my adaptation of the recipe from Betty Oppenheimer’s book Gifts for Herb Lovers. This recipe makes 37 tubes. If you don’t want that much, it’s easy to cut in half (1/4 ounce beeswax; 5 Tablespoons of oil; 2 teaspoons honey). I just need to add some labels, and they are ready to go! I think I’m ready for winter, and I’ve gotten a start of my gifts.
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