DIY Thursday: Another Beeswax Project

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My beeswax--you MUST smell the beeswax! It has such a nice, light honey aroma!


Here's the grater I use for the beeswax.


This is the wax right after it is poured into the tubes. This one is free of flavor and color.


Don't you love these? They're cooling--they are a deep pinkish red when finished. I call the shade Tulip.


Some of the finished balms



Today's DIY project is a simple, ultra nourishing lip balm.

This makes about 3-4 tubes (I recommend Elements Bath & Body Supply for quantities this small). I say 3 to 4 tubes because, for me, it depends on clumsiness and spilling!

2 teaspoons of Grated Beeswax (I use a cheese grater for this)
1 t. Shea Butter
4 t. Castor Oil
1 t. Rice Bran Oil

Note: If you do not have these supplies, read on. You can use cocoa butter, coffee butter or mango butter in exchange for shea. Coffee butter in a lip balm is SO nice, especially flavored with a bit of peppermint essential oil! As for the oils, you can substitute avocado, sweet almond, sunflower, safflower, soybean, olive, coconut, etc. Hemp Seed and Grapeseed are nice, too! In fact, I use Hemp Seed and Avocado in exchange for the other two and turn this recipe into a cuticle balm!

Melt the beeswax and oils over low to medium heat in a saucepan. Most recipes say you need a double boiler. You really do not to make this project at home.

Let cool for a moment when melted. To flavor, you can add peppermint, lemon, orange, spearmint, or other essential oils (about 6-8 drops to this recipe). Synthetic fragrance oils are available. I do not recommend them, for the most part. Nature's Flavors does have some good all natural and/or organic flavor oils, though. I like their Bavarian Cream, especially!

Using a pipette, you can drop the liquid mixture into the tubes. If you do not have one, you can carefully pour using a small pot if you have one.

Let cool. I let these sit for about 4 hours before capping.

What a great gift for yourself or others!

Note:

You can tint these if you'd like! Beet juice makes for a great tint. You can also add mica colorant. I recommend Coastal Scents. Just be careful to thoroughly read the ingredients of each mica, as some micas contain carmine.

You can also vary this recipe with natural ingredients like honey or cocoa powder. I used to add honey & royal jelly to the balms I sold with my old business and recommend them to you if you want the product to be even more luxurious.





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