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Lip balmis simple to make and takes little time to prepare. It works great for chapped lips and can be used as a hand salve. You can create your lip balm mixtures by combining essential oils, nourishing butters and beeswax straight from your hive. Here are some benefits of the ingredients you may use:
  • Olive oil: This oil helps to soothe and heal dry skin. With its UV protection abilities, Olive oil works as a cleanser, moisturizer, and protector of skin.
  • Sweet Almond Oil: The most popular oil for skincare. It is nutrient-rich and is suitable for all skin types. It is an absorbent oil while leaving little residue.
  • Coconut Oil: This oil provides comfort to those chapped lips. It is an excellent moisturizer and will soften the skin.
  • Shea Butter: This cream-colored plant butter is prized for its deep moisturizing and skin conditioning properties, and also provides natural protection from harmful UV rays.
  • Cocoa Butter: It is high in fatty acids and will deeply hydrate your skin. It is excellent for sensitive skin.
  • Beeswax: Bees process honey from nectar and then convert it into wax (one pound of wax is made from each ten pounds of honey). It makes an excellent bacteria-resistant base for cosmetics. This is the hardener you will need for your balms. It will help prevent your balms from melting when placed in warmer areas.

Once you start making your own hand-crafted balms you may want to begin exploring with other ingredients. Adding essential oils to balms will not only add a certain aroma but gives the balm a unique taste. Essential oils are very concentrated liquids that can be harmful if used improperly. Always dilute the essential oils in the lip balm before applying to the skin. To tint you lip balms, add lipstick shaving to the batch and stir to combine. Adding more shavings will increase the intensity of the color. Start with a small amount and add more until color is reached. Include liquid vitamins to increase the nourishing value of your balms. Experiment with different ingredient and amounts used until you have perfect your lip balms.

Here is how simple making lip balm can be.
    Items you will need:
  • Containers to put the lip balm in.
  • The more common are the tubes but you can use any style container.
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Small Saucepan
  • Pouring Pitcher (small enough to fit in small saucepan)
  • Wooden Stir Stick
  • Beeswax
  • Shea Butter Butter (cocoa butter can be used instead)
  • Sweet Almond Oil (other oils may be used)
  • Essential Oil and Colorant (optional)

1. Before you begin: Wash the containers you will be pouring lip balm into. Dry them thoroughly and set aside for further use.
2. Fill a small saucepan with 1 inch of water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium.
Here is a small batch recipe - Combine 4 teaspoons of beeswax, 2 teaspoons of Shea butter and 3 teaspoons of Almond oil in a small pouring pitcher (for a glossier lip balm, add an extra 1 ½ teaspoons of almond oil), set the pouring pitcher into the pot; the water should be below the rim of the pitcher. Stir the mixture using a wooden stir stick until all of the wax and shea butter has melted.
3. Remove the pitcher from the pot and add ¼ teaspoon of essential oil for fragrance and flavor. Stir thoroughly combining oil with other ingredients. Add more essential oil for stronger flavors or ‘mix and match’ different essential oils for a variety of different flavors.
4. To tint your lip balm, add lipstick shavings to the jar and stir to combine, adding more lipstick until desired color is achieved.
5. Carefully pour the melted lip balm into your tubes/containers(use caution as lip balm is hot). Fill each container to the rim. An additional drop of lip balm can be added to the containers to prevent settling holes that may occur in the center of the lip balm as it cools.
6. Allow the lip balm to harden without disturbing for 20 minutes. Once the balm is cooled, apply to lips.