Homemade Lip Balm!

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My homemade adventure of the season was to steer away from making food and try to make my own lip balm.  I never really thought about what goes in lip balm before, except for the fact that beeswax is probably involved (thank you Burt’s Bees).  My plan started taking shape on a trip to the Easton Farmer’s Market when I found a honey stand that sold beeswax by the bar for curious people like me with extra time on their hands.

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Pinterest also saved the day.  Ironically enough, I just went to Pinterest to find the blog I used for the recipe and apparently didn’t pin it, but I finally found the blog after a few distractions and lots of hunting on Google. http://hiphome.blogspot.com/2012/01/all-natural-lip-balm.html.

The blog recipe is for “Sweet Orange Lip Balm,” but I wanted to try a scent that was new and original.  After literally sniffing ALL of the essential oils in a local health food store, I went with Clove scented lip balm, A very Christmasy scent.

Coconut oil was easy enough to find in the health food section of a local grocery store (Sidenote: although coconut oil is in the health food section is is REALLY high in saturated fat.  If you are one of those people that licks the lip balm off their lips, we are talking about some high calorie stuff here…..who knew?)
I bought these adorable tin containers with sliding lids from http://www.etsy.com/.  I had to shop around for a good deal, especially since the metal containers are more expensive than plastic ones, but it was worth it for aesthetic appeal 🙂
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I had honey at home, so that was easy enough, and on a lazy day with not much going on, I set out to make my lip balm.

Here is my recipe:

Clove and Honey Creations Lip Balm

8 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons Beeswax
1.5 Tablespoons Honey
30 drops Clove essential oil

Place oil, beeswax and honey in a double boiler (or heatproof bowl resting on top of a small saucepan of simmering water). Heat gently until everything has melted.
Remove mixture from heat, and add clove oil. Stir until blended.

Place the pan or bowl in a larger bowl full of cold water. Stir quickly until the mixture begins to change in consistency (it will become thicker).

Pour mixture into containers, place covers on, and let sit to cool and set up.
(fills approximately one dozen 1/2 oz tins)
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I didn’t have a double boiler, so I used a small Pyrex bowl in a pan of boiling water. It worked great, but as you can imagine, cleanup wasn’t the best since we use the Pyrex bowls for baking.  If I start making lip balm more, I’m going to buy a separate double boiler at a thrift store, so I don’t have to spend as much time scrubbing beeswax off of pots and pans.
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The beeswax and coconut oil takes a little while to melt, but have patience, it eventually will look like this and you can add the essential oil.
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Now comes the part about pouring the cooling lip balm into these cute little containers.  It’s not as easy as it looks….hence the newspaper covering the large cutting board I used as my cooling station.  That newspaper was covered in beeswax by the end.  Maybe you will be a better pourer than I was, but it was no easy task for me.  I ended up filling my 12 containers and still having a lot of lip balm left, so I found an old candy container, dumped out the candy I didn’t want, and used that (as you can see in the bottom left of the picture).
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I decided to name my lip balm “brand” Clove and Honey Creations; it seemed cute and fitting.  I bough sticky white label tape at WalMart and tried to color my label with colored pencils, but it just didn’t do it for me.
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Microsoft Publisher came through and I designed a simple label, printed it, and glued it on the white label tape.
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I made the mistake of thinking that the lip balm didn’t have enough clove scent, and fixed it by putting a drop on top of the cooled lip balm and spreading it on the surface. DO NOT DO THIS.  The essential oil made my lips numb for the next 10 min.  If you want to put a few extra drops of oil in the melted lip balm while it’s hot, that’s fine.
There you have it friends! Homemade lip balm for all to enjoy……and I probably have enough of my own to last all year.
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