Doing things differently since the Carter Administration
This is fun for a small weekend project.
Beeswax & Coconut Oil Honey Mint Lip Balm
ALWAYS wash lip balm containers thoroughly and set them to dry before using them.
Get an ice bath ready — not for you, you weirdo. It’s for the melted lip balm!
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….
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.
Drizzle in 1 to 2 teaspoons of delicious honey. Try to buy honey from a local beekeeper.
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.
Remove jar from stove.
Stir, stir, stir!
Place jar in ice bath and KEEP STIRRING. Don’t forget to scrape the sides.
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.
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).
Allow the lip balm to set before transporting.
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.