I have spent the last few months hitting a bunch of do-it-yourself craft sites. Bath salts, sugar scrubs, astringents… there are recipes for all of it.
I placed an order at my favorite e-shop http://www.BulkApothecary.com for lip balm tubes, jars and sliding-top tins.
I picked 3 lip balm recipes to start with. The first is as follows:
1/2 oz. Beeswax pellets
1 tsp. honey
4 oz. olive oil
15-20 drops Peppermint extract
- It calls for a double boiler so I put a canning jar ring in the bottom of a pan of boiling water. In my 2-cup glass measuring cup I added the Beeswax and put in the boiling water.
- Make sure the water level does NOT exceed the halfway mark on your cup or it will splash back into it.
- It will take a few minutes to melt down the Beeswax beads.
- Then add the honey and olive oil. Stir well- 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the extract and stir well.
When the mixture looks clear, smooth and totally mixed, I remove my glass measuring cup. With a little pipette (plastic eye dropper), I fill it and empty into my containers.
Gotta do it quick or the Beeswax will start setting again.
With the recipe above I was able to get 14 1/4 oz. jars filled, and 8 .15oz tubes filled.
My comments on this recipe: It is very smooth/moist on my lips. I don’t feel as if my lips are encased in wax like Chapstick does. I was expecting minty balm like Carmex but it isn’t minty at all.
I will try this one again and repost results after substituting Peppermint Oil in place of Peppermint extract.
THIS RECIPE: A-