Last night I was desperate. Our whole family has a bit of a head cold and between that and the cold weather, my lips were falling apart. I was freshly out of Burt's Bees lip balm and really didn't want to have to resort to Bag Balm (really - have you ever tasted it?!). After considering my options, I finally decided that I could spare 10 minutes of my life to make some homemade lip balm.
One of the things I haven't liked about the lip balm recipes I have used in the past is the number of ingredients they require. I like simple. And easy. Generally, lip balms call for exotic things like coconut oil, glycerin, jojoba and cocoa butter (not that all of these are exotic, but most of us don't have them sitting around in our kitchen cupboards). So, I got to thinking and searching on the internet (what a wonderful tool!) and came up with a balm recipe that meets my "simple" and "easy" criteria and is wonderful to boot.
You really don't need anything special to put lip balm in, although tubes or little pots are handy. I actually made more lip balm than I had tubes for and put the overflow into 35mm film containers. Whatever you have on hand will work.
The only ingredient in the balm that you may not have on hand is beeswax, but it is fairly easy to come by and will last forever. The amounts of wax you use are very small in comparison with the rest of the ingredients, so a little will go a long way. I bought 4 twenty pound bricks of beeswax about 8 years ago and have used it in everything from lotion bars to lip balm to candles and have only used about 1/4 of 1 brick.
The lip balm takes about 10 minutes to make, including measuring and heating and another 20 minutes or so (depending on what containers you use) to harden. I do have to admit that I love using it when it is warm and not fully hardened yet - oh, so wonderful!
Most Wonderful Lip Balm
1/2 oz. beeswax
1 tsp. honey
4 oz. olive oil (1/2 cup)
Peppermint oil or peppermint extract to taste
In a small saucepan (or double boiler) melt wax. Add honey and oil. Stir for two minutes. NOTE: The honey will not really combine, but it is great for your lips and doesn't adversely affect the lip balm. Add peppermint (or other flavor). Stir well. Pour.
|Melting the beeswax|
|Measuring the oil|
|Pouring into the tubes|
|The overflow went into film canisters|
For mere pennies, you can make lip balm in your own kitchen. Not only is it a great winter evening project, it will bring you one step closer to preparedness.