Pin 52 Challenge: Homemade Lip Balm

After ripping out the old caulk, and re-caulking the tub this weekend, I’m feeling pretty invincible. Not sure I trust myself with power tools yet-that just screams never ending unfinished project. So, I’m trying crafty again. Since it’s the holiday time and I’m always looking for little gifts to make (that are relatively impossible to screw up), I figured I’d give DIY lip balm a try. there are plenty of Pinterest possibilities, this one contained the least amount of ingredients and, more importantly, I already had everything needed on hand.

IMG_8296I wasn’t sure how much this was going to make exactly, so I cut the recipe in half and only used 1 Tbsp. of beeswax (not even a 1/3 of my 1 oz. piece), 1 Tbsp of coconut oil, a drop of raw honey (left over from the Jun tea experiement), and a few drops of Brazilian Orange & Litsea organic essential oil.

The process was really simple. I finely grated the beeswax with my regular box grater, and I used a pyrex measuring cup as a double boiler.

The coconut oil obviously liquefies much faster than the beeswax, but I don’t think it took more than five minutes for the beeswax to fully melt- may take longer depending on how think you grate it though.  Although the recipe called for whisking the ingredients, a fork worked better since I was using a smaller container.

lip balm 3I only added a drop of the honey and 3-4 drops of the essential oil before pouring it into my containers. Be sure that your containers ready, though, because the mixture sets fairly quickly.

I filled two fairly good size containers, but next time I’d use smaller ones: since you aren’t adding any preservatives you’d want to finish the balm fairly quickly anyway. Also, cutting the recipe in half makes it easier to do batches with different essential oils.

Although I wouldn’t reduce the amount of coconut oil, my balms definitely have a stronger coconut flavor than I expected. Maybe a little more honey and a few more drops of essential oils next time will help.

Of the numerous Pinterest “fails” I’ve had, this one turned out great. These are not only easy to make for yourself, but gifts or favors too. With a little supervision, this would be a simple homemade gift for kids to make also.

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