This healthy, homemade lip balm is a doddle to make. And it’s so amazing – I put it on when I go to bed, and when I wake up it’s still on.
It’s also fabulous for dry or chapped hands, stretch marks, etc.
(Bullet-point list alert.)
Here’s the equipment you will need:
- A small, clean recycled jar or pot
- Pan of boiling water with clean bowl standing in it
Here are the ingredients:
- Beeswax bar to grate
- Almond, jojoba or quality vegetable oil
- Essential oil (s)
We got our beeswax from a local farm shop. If you get local honey, try contacting the beekeepers to see if you can get hold of it. If you can’t, then it’s available very cheaply online.
As a rough guide, for every tablespoon (15ml) of carrier oil, you want 2-3 grams of beeswax, and about 5-6 drops of essential oil. It’s only a rough guide, since:
- It’s hard to measure the beeswax precisely.
- The viscosity of carrier oils vary. Ordinary vegetable oils are runnier, almond oil is thicker.
- The end product will vary itself depending on the ambient temperature it’s being kept in.
Melt the grated beeswax and carrier oil in your home-made double boiler (bowl inside pan of water on the hob). Stir well, remove from the heat, add your essential oil, and then pour briskly into your container before it sets.
Since I am rather partial to a cup of Earl or Lady Grey tea, I created this recipe delicious enough for Lady Grey herself, to fill a 30ml pot:
2 tbsp (30ml) almond oil
5g grated beeswax
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil
2 drops bergamot essential oil