Making Lip Balm
My lips have been so dry lately and I couldn't find my usual lip stuff. Instead of going out and buying yet another one, I made some. I had all the ingredients, but that's because I make lots of homemade hand salves and foot balms, etc. The most expensive supply is the beeswax. You can buy the beeswax pastilles. I bought a huge 1 pound block with a 60% off coupon at the craft store (for about $5) and I grated it myself. It took some work and I don't recommend using a grater that you want to use again for food (it is hard to clean off). But, it has lasted a long time and I use it a lot. This lip balm worked perfectly. My lips are no longer dry and I saved a few bucks!
Total Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time
Yield: 3 containers
- 1 Tbsp grated beeswax, to act as your moisturizer
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil, to promote hydration
- a dash of honey - The instructions call for raw honey, but I had none. Regular honey worked, too.
- 2 vitamin E capsules (I didn't have the capsules, so I squirted in what seemed like 2 capsules-worth)
- pot to heat water
- clean can or glass jar
- containers to put your lip balm in
- Heat a small pan with about 1 inch of water to simmering. I use an old pot that I don't cook with.
- Take a small clean metal can and add the grated beeswax. If you are opposed to using the can, you could use a glass jar. It's hard to clean out, but you could use it over and over again. Add the can or glass jar to the water.
- Melt the beeswax about halfway.
- Add the coconut oil and honey. Stir with a plastic utensil, chopstick, or Popsicle stick. Once the mix hardens, it's hard to clean off. Use something that you don't mind tossing.
- Once melted, carefully take the can out of the pan of water. Use a towel or potholders.
- I squish my can so that it has a spout to pour out without getting the mixture all over my counter.
- Pour into your containers. I had a couple of old lip stuff containers. I also poured some into a cleaned baby food container.
- Don't touch your containers as they cool. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to harden. Enjoy!
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