How to Make Beeswax and Honey Lip Balm

I am always looking for projects that utilize the by-products of my beehive. This lip balm uses both honey and beeswax. It makes a useful and unique gift for my friends and family.

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Gather your ingredients and tools. I am using beeswax and honey from my hive. If you need a source for these, try your local farmers market. The other items can be obtained at a health food store.

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Cover your countertop with some craft or newspaper. If you drip any wax, this will make cleaning up much easier. Lay out the containers you are planning to store the lip balm in.

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Using a knife or a grater, scrape off pieces of wax, until you have one ounce. If you have an electronic scale, place the Pyrex measuring cup on the scale, and zero it out. Then add the beeswax.

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Add 5 ounces of almond oil. Again, simply zero out the scale before adding the oil, in order to get an accurate measurement.

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Slowly melt the beeswax and almond oil in a double boiler over medium high heat. You can create a double boiler by placing the Pyrex measuring cup in a pan of water.

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The wax will slowly melt. Never cover the beeswax with a lid while heating, as it can create condensation that can ruin the texture. It's ok if condensation gathers on the outside of the glass.

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When the wax is almost completely melted, add a tablespoon of honey.

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Make sure to stir everything up as you go.

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When everything is melted and combined it is time to take a small sample and test to make sure the texture is ok.

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Remove a spoonful of the mixture, and set it down away from the stove. Let it cool.

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When cool, use your finger to test that the balm is firm, but still spreadable. If there is too much beeswax, the texture will be hard. Too much oil, and it will feel mushy. This batch feels perfect!

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Remove the Pyrex from the stove and add 4 or 5 drops of essential oil. For this batch I am using peppermint. Stir for about a minute.

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Working quickly, transfer to small containers. I find that disposable pipettes are the easiest way to do this.

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You must transfer the mixture before it cools and sets. To speed things up, it works well to use two pipettes at a time (one in each hand).

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Let the balm cool completely and then place lids on top. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.

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