Hobby Farms Editors
May 22, 2013
Make your own beeswax lip balm to guard your heal up lips chapped by sun or wind. Photo courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock (HobbyFarms.com)
Courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock

A beeswax lip balm is very similar to salve, except the proportion of wax is higher.

Difficulty: Beginner

Time: 1 hour or less
A beeswax lip balm is very similar to salve, except the proportion of wax is higher.

Materials

  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 4 ounces herb-infused olive oil
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 tsp. zinc-oxide powder
  • 18-24 lip-balm tubes

Step 1: Melt wax.
Melt beeswax in double-boiler or small glass measuring cup set in pan of boiling water.

Step 2: Combine ingredients.
Stir in oil. When wax and oil are well-combined, stir in honey and zinc- oxide powder. Using spoon, remove small amount of mixture and set aside to cool. After it’s cooled, check for firmness. If balm is too firm, reheat and add more oil to mixture; if it’s too soft, add more wax.

Step 3: Fill molds.
Once you’re happy with the texture, pour liquid into lip-balm tubes placed on newspapers. The paper will catch drips and make cleanup much easier.

About the Author: Rhoda Peacher is a freelance writer and photographer in Oregon. She enjoys cooking, crafting and finding ways to stretch her shopping dollars.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Hobby Farm Home.

 


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