The weather is ever-changing in the Midwest, but one thing is for sure, it’s always the time of year for lip balm. A good lip balm is essential to wear from the sunny summer to the cold, dry winter. And I have a creamy recipe if you’d like to make your own batch.
Making lip balm doesn’t take long, but you do need to have some supplies and to move quickly before the melted ingredients begin to harden. The benefits are that you can use pure ingredients, the flavor possibilities are nearly endless, and you'll know that it was safely handled.
I like to try interesting essential oils in my lip balm. If you find them odd, choose your own. The most popular in my family is simply spearmint or peppermint. A few others I’ve tried include orange/vanilla, cinnamon/clove/ginger, vanilla, cilantro/lime, lemon/dill, and almond. You may also want to omit the essential oils altogether.
You also will need lip balm tubes and pipettes for transferring the liquid from the bowl to the tubes. Here is the recipe.
5 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
3 tablespoons of beeswax
15-20 drops of essential oil
Remove caps from tubes and set up equipment before melting the oil and beeswax.
Dissolve the coconut oil and beeswax in a small bowl for 30-second intervals in the microwave. Stir well after each interval. Once fully dissolved, add essential oils as desired. Mix well. Flavoring takes some experimenting as each combination will be according to your taste. I prefer to use less the first time and increase drops in the following batch if desired.
Transfer liquid to tubes with a pipette, cap, and allow to set with the tubes upright.
When all tubes are filled, wipe them off with a dry paper towel, and label them.
You’ll find that label-making takes longer than making lip balms. Also, cleanup requires hot soapy water to remove wax from the bowl, spoon, and countertop.
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