Monday, February 1, 2010

How to Make Lip Balm

Last summer while having some friends stay for the weekend, my mom, the girls and I got the priviledge of hosting a little lip balm party. This is the recipe our dear friend Thema searched out for us. It's not the exact same one we used, but we followed the same steps and used most of the same ingredients. And, although it may sound complicated, it's really not. :) Have fun!
Ingredients and Supplies:

Sweet Almond Oil, or Coconut Oil
Wheat Germ Oil
Beeswax pearls
Lip Balm Tubes or Jars (you can buy them very cheaply online)

The rule of thumb is two parts oil, one part beeswax pearls and a drop or two of wheat germ oil. If you want it thin like cream or Vaseline use a little less beeswax pearls. Want it thicker, like the chapstick in the tubes? Just add a little more pearls.

Heat almond/coconut oil in a saucepan and add beeswax pearls and wheat germ oil. Allow mixture to cool down. If it is too thick, add more oil. Too thin? Add more pearls. Reheat.

While letting the mixture cool, add a few drops of essential oils to enhance the healing effects to the balm. Comfry, Rosemary, Tea Tree and Camphor oils are excellent for this. We used more fun oils for yummy scents; like peach and mint, but any will work. After you add the essential oils but your mixture is still warm, carefully pour it into the lip balm tubes or jars. Let cool. Apply to lips as necessary. Enjoy!

Note: 4 oz. Almond/Coconut oil mixed with 2 oz. Beeswax pearls will fill more than enough of 12, quarter oz. tubes and/or jars. Any unused base can be stored for a very long time for future use.