Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Today I'm going to share a spin off my beeswax lip gloss. Instead of gloss, today we are going to make:

The key is the amount of beeswax you include. The more you put in, the less glossy and the more firm and balmy it gets.

The great thing about beeswax is that it has natural sun protection qualities. I can't quantify how much exactly, but any little bit helps when you're in the sun all day in the summer time!

As you can tell...I haven't been in the sun much yet. As...I am still white as a whitey tidey. :) But it won't be long!

Disclaimer: This recipe is just me experimenting and sharing what I did with you. I am not a professional. If you plan on selling your lip balm you might want to get a kit or find a more professional recipe.

Alright... let's get started.

Gather your supplies:

2 Tablespoons of grated beeswax

Grate it with a dollar store or old cheese grater. You will never be able to use it for anything else after you grate beeswax on it.

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil {the kind you cook with}
2 teaspoons sweet almond oil

A chunk of some red lipstick.

 How much depends on your preference. Just keep in mind that it will look dark in the pot but won't be that dark on. A lot of color goes a little way.

 1/2 teaspoon of shimmery eye shadow  - to add some subtle sparkle.

- Boil water in a small sauce pan and rest a metal bowl on top - to make a double boiler. Or with a small metal bowl in a larger pan of boiling water to give it more of a "water bath."

- Melt all the ingredients together until it liquefies and there are no more visible beeswax flakes. Then immediately remove it from the heat. You don't want to overcook it or boil it. It will not last as long {get grainy and rancid} if you do.

- Use a bamboo skewer or other throw way tool, to stir it.

- Off heat, stir in 10 drops or so of essential oil. I used peppermint but lemon or orange would be so yummy for summer.

You add the essentail oil at this stage so that it doesn't completey evaporate away during cooking.

- Then using a disposable medicine dropper fill your lip gloss containers. You can pour it instead, but this helps it look cleaner.

- Let it sit at room temperature or in the fridge {speeds things up} for a couple of hours so that it completely hardens and turns opaque.

And now you have a soothing, smooth lip balm with just a hint of color and a hint of sun protection.

Here is the recipe all in one easy to copy place:

Pink Tinted Lip Balm

2 TBSP grated beeswax
2 TBSP coconut oil
2 tsp. sweet almond oil
chunk of red lipstick
1/2 tsp. of shimmery eye shadow powder
10 drops of essentail oil (I used peppermint but you can use any kind)

Melt all but essentail oil in a doubleboiler until completely melted and there are no more beewax flakes. 

Do not boil or overheat. Stir with a throw away tool like a bamboo skewer.

Remove from heat and add essential oil. Using a syringe or medicne dropper fill your lip balm containers.

Let it sit at room temperature or in the fridge until hardened or opaque.

And here is a 
facts and tips section
 to explain everything you might be wondering:

Versatility of ingredients:
Feel free to change the ratios of the ingredients and play around with it. The more coconut oil and sweet almond oil you use, the more glossy it will be. The more essential oils you add, the more potent the smell. Add glitter...the possibilities are endless fun.

Where do you get beeswax?
I got mine from a bee keeper. I found my bee keeper by calling an exterminator. They often use bee keepers to remove and relocate pesky beehives.

Where do you get the rest of the ingredients?
The essential oil and the sweet almond oil came from the health/organic food section of my Smith's Marketplace grocery store. Any health food store should also carry them. The coconut oil came from the cooking oils section of my local Walmart.

I got mine from the dollar store in the craft section. They were sold as empty containers and looked much like little paint pots. You can order more traditional looking containers online, but it is only economical if you order in bulk. Craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's only carry them in their kits {at least where I live} so you can do that as well. cheap. So I used these cute little pots and I'm happy with them. :) 

Have more questions? You can email me or check out my lip gloss tutorial for more information. I made the gloss a little differently than this balm. The more I make balms, and glosses, the more I realize that this process is fairly flexible.