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DIY: Homemade Lipbalm (Honey & mint)

This is fun for a small weekend project.

Beeswax & Coconut Oil Honey Mint Lip Balm

Prepare to melt stuff:

ALWAYS wash lip balm containers thoroughly and set them to dry before using them.

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Get an ice bath ready — not for you, you weirdo. It’s for the melted lip balm!

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Start melting:

Put a clean glass jar in a small pot of water. I place the lid and sealer cap underneath the jar in the pot for extra stability during the heating & stirring process, as boiling water (even on ‘low’) can jostle things a good bit. Turn stove to low.

Put beeswax in jar (I think I used about 1/2 ounce this time around).

Add a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil into the jar. It should be approximately the same amount as the beeswax, if not a skosh more than the wax. That’s how I like to make mine, anyway….

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Stir wax and oil until both are melted completely. The beeswax takes longer to melt.

When the wax and oil are completely melted, yell, “oh, crap!” and turn off stove.

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A reference for what off should look like.

 

Add in the fun:

Drizzle in 1 to 2 teaspoons of delicious honey.  Try to buy honey from a local beekeeper. 

This honey provides a beautifully dark color to the final product.

Buckwheat honey provides a beautiful color in the final product.

 

Be careful of honey from major supermarkets: there are many claims that much of it is actually corn syrup and not real honey

 

You can also add spearmint essential oil – your preference regarding its strength. I don’t hold back.

Never handle hot glass without protection.

Never handle hot glass without protection.

 

It’s all in the timing:

Remove jar from stove.

Stir, stir, stir!

Place jar in ice bath and KEEP STIRRING. Don’t forget to scrape the sides.

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Mixture will begin to solidify as it cools. Stir constantly.

Before your lip balm is the consistency of cake frosting, remove immediately from the ice bath. It will continue to cool even after removing the jar from the ice bath. 

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Fill your lip balm containers before the mixture cools. I use a spoon right now – that is, until I get fancier supplies (a reusable piping bag).

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Allow the lip balm to set before transporting.

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Behold.

Et voilà

 

This lip balm yields a rich, creamy texture and has a hint of sweetness. Do not store in your pocket, as it is heat-sensitive. Save money and feel good about what you put into your body.

My line of lip balms will be available in the Sedated Koala store (store launch date to be announced). This post includes my own recipe, pictures, and step-by-step instructions.

 

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2 comments on “DIY: Homemade Lipbalm (Honey & mint)

  1. Tova Cooper
    August 31, 2015

    Very cool! I am going to try it. I recently made an herb salve with beeswax. I will have to share my technique with you. And maybe we can do a trade.

    • Doralice
      September 2, 2015

      Thank you so much for the salve. I love it! Where do you get your beeswax? I’m looking for a local curator. 🙂

      p.s. I plan to make a batch really soon. Also, do you make those salve pots yourself? They are so cool.

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