Growing up in the desert, I became an early user and somewhat addicted to lip protection. I always had a tube of the stuff in my pocket.
One day, I realized that commercial lip balm was made of nasty petrochemicals and started looking for alternatives. There were a lot of pricey boutique brands and I tried a few, and then I found a product made by Chapstick, which was made with several exotic butters, like shea and aloe. These moisturized my lips while protecting them from the drying effects of wind and sun.
But, alas, all good things come to an end, and Chapstick stopped making them. The last ones are now available, but very pricey, up to $10 a tube.
So I decided I'd try to make my own.
Step 1: Gather the ingredients
As a beekeeper, I have plenty of beeswax, which I figured would make a nice base. I thought I'd start with a simple recipe, so I got some shea butter and coconut oil that was sitting on the counter in the kitchen. Both of these are solid at room temperature, so I thought they would make a nice combination, along with the beeswax base, so as to not melt too quickly in my pocket.