Make it Tuesday?

So part 2 of our giftable crafts  – Homemade lip balm – The girls and I have had such fun making homemade lip balms this past year – I can make  batch and they last for months! No need to buy petroleum based lip care when it’s so easy to just make you own. Again – we made these for a homeschool group lesson – And from beginning to end – it’s maybe 45 minutes.

Gather your supplies  – beeswax – I use the beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs ( pastilles) , olive oil and essential oil. We added Shea butter this time around (again from Mountain Rose herbs) but you can omit that if you don’t have it. Also essential oil for scent etc.. You will also need a soup pot for boiling, a jar to create a double boiler (or a double boiler if you have one), a spoon or chopstick to stir,  and something to put your balm in. A tin or lip balm tubes. I found my tubes this summer on a trip to Colorado but I did also find them online here –

http://www.bulkapothecary.com

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You can use mint tins or small ball jars instead of buying the tubes – what ever suits your needs –

Make a double boiler if you don’t have one by putting the jar in a sauce pan of water – fill the pan up half way – so the jar is partially submerged.

The ratio for lip balm is 4 to 1. 4 tablespoons “liquid”, 1  table spoon beeswax.  So add 4 table spoons of olive oil to your jar and gently heat up – To this add 1 tablespoon beeswax pastilles. Stir gently.

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The beeswax will melt and the olive oil will be clear –

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You can check the consistency here by taking a drip of the beeswax/olive oil blend and placing it on a piece of parchment paper – Let it harden and you can see how soft or hard your lip balm will be – If you like a “firmer” lip balm then add a bit more beeswax – maybe 1/4 tsp at a time until you reach the desired consistency/thickness you want. If you accidentally make it too thick then simply add a bit more olive oil –

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IF YOU ARE ADDING SHEA BUTTER then you’ll need to adjust the amount of beeswax pastilles you add initially  – I added 2 tablespoons shea butter to my olive oil so then I added and extra 2 tsp of beeswax pastilles – I should have added more since it’s softer than I like. (Every one else liked it though so it’s all good). If you are adding shea butter – add it to your oil initially and melt – then add your beeswax pastilles just like above.

When everything is melted and you’re pleased with the consistency of the lip balm then  pull the jar out of the water and add your essential oil  – between 4 and 6 drops. Do be careful though! The melted oil/wax mixture is very hot! Stir.

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If you are using lip balm tubes, I found it easiest to support them in a bowl of rice so they wouldn’t tip and spill –

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Fill them up carefully so they don’t overflow   – we learned that the hard way – No harm done but a clump of rice and beeswax got tossed. Just let them sit to harden about 10 – 15 minutes or so. Then you can move them  and put caps on – Add more time if you use a jar or tin – they’ll be larger so will need more time to cool and solidify –

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This small amount of olive oil/beeswax we made  – made enough for 10 lip balm tubes and some small heart shaped lip balms as well. 🙂

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Package and give as you will 🙂 Jaia gave a bag of salts -decorated with christmas stickers – and a tube of lip balm to each of her teachers today –

Bright blessings!

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