This is so easy and so delicious you'll never want to buy lip balm again. You can use the recipe base and substitute the vanilla for whatever flavours or scents float your boat. This recipe makes around 115gm (seven or eight 15gm pots) so adjust accordingly if you want to make more or less. It's easy to make a batch and give what you won't use to friends and family as a thoughtful, handmade gift.
One tablespoon grated beeswax
Two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Two tablespoons coconut oil
One tablespoon honey
Half a teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: 2 drops of vitamin E oil if you have it - this will give it a longer shelf life.
Method 1. Grate or shave the beeswax and add to a double boiler or a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of water, on low heat.
2. Add the olive oil and coconut oil, stir in, and continue to stir at regular intervals until everything has melted and merged (takes 6 - 10 minutes).
3. Remove from the heat and use a small whisk or chopstick to mix the honey in, then the vanilla extract (and vitamin E oil if you're using it).
4. Pour into your pots or tubes - use a funnel if easier - allow to cool and set, then pop the lids on and label.
And that's it, the whole process from start to finish takes thirty minutes, and the product will last up to two years.
Prepare all your ingredients and utensils before you start, things happen quickly once the oils have melted.
It can get messy, so for your first time you may want to lay some newspaper over your work space.
To clean your utensils you'll find it easier if you wipe them off with a paper towel first to absorb some of the oils.
Where it can often go wrong is with the honey - it can be difficult to blend and can end up separating and sitting at the bottom of your finished product. I've found the best way to avoid that is to keep whisking once you've added the honey, take a short break to add the vanilla, then keep whisking right up to when you pour into the pots.
Give it a go, leave a comment to let us know how it goes, and if you discover any delicious flavour combinations.
I'm not sure of the exact measurement in ml, it's not a high volume - you can see from the pictures that it fits in a small bowl. You can go from the measurement in grams (first paragraph) to ascertain how much storage you will need.
1. Olive and coconut oils are used to cleanse, moisturise and nourish the skin; you can substitute them with other oils like almond or jojoba.
2. The honey is a flavour but is also highly beneficial for skin as it contains antioxidants, is antibacterial, and extremely soothing and moisturising - it can be left out if you choose to.
3. If your balm has not set, the beeswax may not have been mixed in thoroughly or, considering you have brown stuff at the bottom (honey) it is likely that the honey wasn't whisked through for long enough - see the 'Tips' at the bottom of the recipe. The honey stage is where it can easily go wrong and you must keep whisking right up until you pour the mix into the pots. You could try pouring everything back into your double boiler and whisking on a low heat to see if it all comes together; failing that you'll have to start again and remember to keep whisking!
Hope that helps, best of luck, let me know how you go!
Hey..i tried your method of making a vanilla lip balm..i have a few queries..i would want to know why did you use materials like olive oil, honey and coconut oil and what can be the alternative of olive oil and honey..also i think i have kept my lip balms to harden for quite some time but its still wet i reckon coz the color at the bottom is brown n on the top is off whitish..so i think it hasn't dried yet..it would be great if you could reply asap..the picture attached has both the colors mentioned and only this particular one is like this rest have off whitish on top and brown at the bottom..plz help