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Rhoda Peacher
May 22, 2013

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.

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


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