One thing we can never be without is a tube of lip balm. You'll find one in every pocket, drawer, glove box and anywhere else we can think to stash a tube. After reading the labels of several lip balms and not being able to pronounce most of the ingredients we decided to make our own. It's super easy and you know exactly what are you are putting on your lips.
This recipe makes about 35 .15 ounce tubes and here's how we did it......
Measure 2 ounces of organic bees wax into a glass measuring cup. We like to use a glass measuring cup to melt all of our ingredients in, it's easy to pour into the tubes and there is no waste.
Place the glass measuring cup with 2 ounces of beeswax into a pan of water on medium low heat and melt completely.
While the bees wax is melting measure 3 ounces of coconut oil and 1 ounce of shea butter into another measuring cup. You should have twice as much oil as you do beeswax, you can experiment with other solid oils just make sure it's 4 ounces total.
Once the beeswax is melted add your coconut oil and shea butter and stir on low heat until completely melted. A wood skewer works great for a stir stick.
Once melted remove from heat and add 2 drops vitamin e oil and your desired amount of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. We like a good amount of peppermint in our lip balms so we added about 30 drops of peppermint and 10 drops of rosemary, be sure to stir well after you drop in your essential oils. We like to test it before it's poured into the tubes, dip your wood skewer into the mixture let dry for a few moments then test it on your lips. More beeswax will give you a more solid lip balm and more coconut or shea butter will make it creamer. More peppermint essential oil will make it more pepperminty of course.
Now your ready to fill your lip balm tubes. If it cools too quickly before you are done filling your tubes just put it back into the hot water and melt or you can pop it in the microwave for a few seconds.
Be sure to let your lip balms cool before you cap them. If you run out of tubes you can always pour the rest of your lip balm into a small container. Or leave it in the glass measuring cup, reheat and pour it again later into tubes.
- 2 ounces of organic bees wax
- 3 ounces of coconut oil
- 1 ounce pure shea butter
- 2 drops vitamin e oil
- 30 - 40 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 - 15 drops rosemary essential oil
There you have it, a wonderful daily lip care and a great stocking stuffer too. If you decide not to make your own but want to try it we will be at Ruffles and Rust Square this Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 6 - 9 sampling our lip balms, Peppermint Tea Tree Foot Care, Shea Body Butter's, Beeswax Salve and Hand Poured Soap. Would love to see you there!
John and Brenda