Homemade Lip Goodness

November 19, 2008 at 10:50 pm 3 comments

img_0986This past week, my sisters and I got together to make some lip balm. We don’t get together often to do things like this. But when we do, it’s always a treat because I would not have made lip balm on my own. We followed a simple recipe found on Green Bee’s blog to make the base and then had fun creating our own lip balm concoctions using different extracts and essential oils.

In lieu of jojoba oil we used sweet almond oil, but I found that some other recipes say you can use olive oil too. Instead of using just peppermint oil (which we got at London Drugs), we bought some different extracts to play with: lemon, coconut, orange and almond (we found these at Superstore). We decided to use the microwave instead because it seemed more convenient, allowing us to have more control over the melting process. As for the containers we found cute ones at Daiso, but you could probably reuse empty containers or lip balm tubes too.

Through the process we learned a few things:

using a chopstick as a guide to pour into the container

  • it’s somewhat messy. You end up getting wax everywhere. You should probably use a grater, bowls, utensils, etc. that you don’t really care for because it’s hard to get the wax and the greasiness off of them afterwards. You may also want to line your work area with newspaper to make cleaning up spillage easier because pouring the melted base into a small tube or container requires steady hands and good coordination.
  • you need to work fast. The base sets pretty quick. Have your flavouring oils and extract combos ready to add to the base, eye droppers worked well here.
  • as for getting the melted base into the containers, we used a chopstick. But a straight stick of any sort (like a stir stick) would work too. We used the stick as a guide, pouring the melted base down it into the container.
  • though you can use extracts, we would probably stick with essential oils next time. (Just be sure the ones you choose are safe for your lips). Compared to oils, you need to use more extract. The larger volume of extract to base ratio resulted in the extract separating from the base in some of our batches when it set.
  • we added a bit of honey to some of the batches for flavour and sweetness. You need to melt the honey well into the base (watch that you don’t end up burning it) or else it will separate too.
  • write down your recipes, so that you know what and how much you added for future batches.
  • in some batches, we also shaved some cocoa butter into the beeswax mix for the base. The cocoa butter made for a softer, creamier lip balm and added a nice cocoa smell.

Here’s some of the concoctions we came up with: almond-cocoa, honey-lemon, coconut-orange, and cocoa-mint.

Let us know if you’ve tried this yourself and what you’ve come up with.

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  • 1. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home  |  November 21, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I would love to get together with a friend and try that.

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  • 2. Joyce  |  November 23, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! I really want to try this sometime. The coconut-orange combo sounds so good. 🙂

    I saw that you mentioned Eat Well Guide back in your post in June. I actually volunteer for them and wanted to let you know about our Thanksgiving Local and Organic Challenge. Eat Well has teamed up with the Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, to issue a Local, Organic Thanksgiving Challenge. We’re inviting people to take a spin on the Eat Well Guide to find local food and cook at least one local (preferably organic) dish for Thanksgiving, and share recipes at the CU site. You can read more about it at the Green Fork:
    [http://blog.eatwellguide.org/2008/11/take-the-local-organic-thanksgiving-challenge/]

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  • 3. Rina  |  January 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Great recipe thanks! I also like just using beeswax, Shea butter, cocoa butter and few drops of olive oil. I actually prefer putting a small pot or little glass container inside a big pot with ~2 inch of hot water (not boiling!!!) it’s much easier to melt everything this way.
    As to transferring the mixture into tubes or container it’s SOOOO much easier using pipettes. I found a great deal on eBay and directly from the seller at http://www.beeyondbeeswax.com/Supplies.html just $1 for 10 pipettes. can’t get any easier and less messy then that!

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