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I’ve made a great lip balm recipe that’s works better than my Burt’s Bees lip balm.  Along with this recipe I try and be proactive.  Lips are delicate and need a little extra attention.

My  Rules for Lip Care

1.  If I’m going to be outside for more than a few minutes I make sure I have a balm covering my lips.  This covers the skin with a nice barrier to protect it from the wind and sun.

2.  After I brush my teeth I apply lip balm and if my lips feel even the least bit dry I apply a bit of honey on them before bed.  Honey acts as a humectant (a substance that attracts and retains moisture) -when I wake up my lips are revived and they taste awfully sweet .

On to the recipe!

Step 1: Materials you'll need

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Materials:
  • A double boiler or melting pot (I use a melting pot- as seen in the first photo)
  • A glass jar (to mix the ingredients into)
  • a metal spoon (to stir the ingredients)
  • a metal tsp for measuring
  • The recipe yields 1/2 ounce.  Just enough to put inside the lid of a bottle.  I use a top from an old spice bottle.

Step 2: Ingredients you will need

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Ingredients:
  • 3 teaspoons grated unbleached beeswax (Know your source, you don’t want any chemicals in there!)
  • 5 teaspoons carrier oil (I use  jojoba  but some other options are sunflower or castor)
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E
  • 1 tsp honey
For glossier lip balm, use 2 tsp wax and 8 tsp of the carrier oil.

Step 3: Beeswax & Carrier Oil

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  • Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler or a melting pot.

Step 4: Stir

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  • Stir the beeswax and oil together and remove from heat.

Step 5: Honey & Vit. E

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  • Add honey and Vitamin E. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.

 
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Oh this is greatformy school project

ducttapestuff5 months ago
Can almond oil work for a carrier oil?
Kathleen01215 months ago

It's a great instructable! ^^ I'm gonna try this.

Anna Logg1 year ago
Great recipe. But I can't "follow" you when it takes 10 clicks for a quick 'n' easy process. Not your fault; I know. Just saying.
Nagarok2 years ago
I did some research up on making this, because My girlfriend is having some problems with dry lips at the moment, so I'll also share what I find

Jojoba oil is a great basic oil, because it does literally nothing to you. It kinda just holds everything and makes it runny enough to use as a balm. Great for people with allergies or something like that.

But as another carrier oil that you mentioned, castor oil would be better (I think) if you don't have any funny reactions, because it soaks into your skin and provides a lock on the water that's already in your skin.

But it also may do the opposite, and lock the extra water that you're getting from your lip balm out.... just had that thought then..


With the wax, and your melting pot, an alternative for those who don't have such fancy fangdangled machines.
You need a big pot
A heat resistant bowl
a cooking thermometer, or a really good attention span.

Basically you're going to use the same technique that you use to melt chocolate, fill the pot with water and put it on the stove, then float the bowl in the hot water and have your wax in there. It seems that the wax normally melts at around 60 degrees Celsius, so if you have your thermometer, you can measure when the water is around that, and take it on and off the heat to moderate.

But if you don't have a thermometer, you can still use it, but you'll be more guessing at the temperature. Skin burns at 60 degrees plus, so our brain has registered that, and anything above 60 degrees, you can't touch, and anything under it, you can, simple enough. But for the upper heat limit, if you get small bubbles forming on the bottom of your pan, then that means that the water is at about 80-90 degrees depending on the amount of bubbles, and that you should take the water off the heat because it's too hot for wax.
What a great instructable, I have to try this :D
Awesome! I've never heard of Jojoba oil, I'll have to star looking for that!
Chicken Girl (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Jojoba oil is a great oil to have around. I use it as an ingredient in my face cleanser (oh, there's another Instructable!), body moisturizer and after I wash my hair I damp it dry and rub it on the ends of my hair.
This sounds wonderful. I've recently started making my own lip balm, I will have to try this. :)
Chicken Girl (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
This is a great basic balm. From here you can get all sorts of jazzy!