Thursday, May 10, 2012

Making Lip Balm

Angelina Jolie lips I have not but I do have a great recipe that she'd love to have if she knew how much more fabulous her lips could be.

You need just two ingredients:  Beeswax and Coconut oil.

Start off by shredding some beeswax with your cheese grater.

Measure that amount and put into a saucepan on medium heat.  When it has melted, add DOUBLE that amount of coconut oil.  For example, if you have 1/8 cup of beeswax, you need 1/4 cup of coconut oil.  That will make a massive amount of lip balm.

Pour into individual containers and let cool.

Check your local craft stores for suitable containers or you can buy some tins online.  I like these.  The 1/4 ounce makes great gift sizes.  The containers in the above photo are plastic containers originally intended to store mixed paint.  Obviously, I found another use for them.

Once cool, cap them.
Add a label and start to use!

You can always add food safe oils to this to scent or taste.  Spearmint or orange might be nice but the oils tend to dry out my lips so I don't use anything.  I do use beeswax from a local beekeeper and the wax has the faint taste of honey and smells marvelous.  Leave me a comment if you want his email. . .  he might even be willing to ship if you don't live in the Kansas City area.

If I do it again:

I would like to figure out how to add honey to this mixture and keep it smooth.  I have problems with it separating and sitting on the bottom.  Honey is great for your skin and I would love to add it to my recipe.

1 comment:

  1. To add the honey and have it stay, whip it all together with a mixer, then scoop into containers. I use a spatula to fill them sort of like getting ice cream down into a cone. You want very little honey - for your measurements of 1/8 c + 1/4 c use just 1 - 2 Tablespoons honey at most. The honey is best when raw, so add it after you've melted the beeswax and added the coconut oil. btw, avocado oil is awesome for those times when it is super cold, dry and lips chap even more easily. This doubles as great hand ointment and raw honey has healing properties so helps with cracked chapped hands or lips.