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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm

I have been addicted to Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper chapstick for well over 10 years. In my journey to a more natural life, I decided to look up the ingredients on this favored balm that I was applying multiple times a day. A quick look told me what I was sadly expecting. A long list of chemicals and dyes. And this is something that is being ingested by me (in small doses, but still) multiple times a day! I have never worn lipstick for this very reason. Even before I knew or cared much about the dangers of chemicals, I was not okay with the idea that I was swallowing dyed wax every time I took a drink or licked my lips. Gross.

So awhile back, I made my first batch of homemade lip balm. It is fantastic. It has a Burt's Bees feel to it but better. AND it's super cheap to make!



Ingredients:

1 tbsp Beeswax (my local honey provider also sells their cosmetic wax!)
1/2 tsp Raw Honey
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
Essential Oils (I use peppermint or vanilla extract. I add around 4-6 drops)
Chapstick containers (I was able to fill 4)

Put the beeswax in a mason jar or glass measuring cup that can fit in a pot. Bring a pot of water to boil with the glass cup sitting in it. Once the beeswax is melted, add the honey, baking soda, coconut oil and essential oils. Beat together with a whisk. Working quickly, pour the mixture into the chap stick containers. (BE CAREFUL: The Beeswax will burn pretty bad if you get it on your skin) Place containers in the refrigerator or in a shallow dish of cold water. This will help it harden quickly to ensure all the ingredients remain well blended (I didn't do this the first time, so my honey separated).

Happy homemaking! 





2 comments:

  1. Kelsey, where did you find the empty lip balm tubes?

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    1. I ordered them from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are super cheap and arrive quickly! I love this company and I order all of my ingredients from them for my homemade products.

      https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/miscellaneous-containers

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