As some of you may know, Mr. Chadwick fancies himself an amateur apiarist, and the other day we found ourselves in possession of our first real wax harvest. I have been itching to get my hands on some to try making some lip balm and lotion recipes, and while waiting on paint to dry the opportunity presented itself.
I decided to go with some "Homemade Burt's Bees", and the original link with recipe can be found here. The only change I made was leaving out the Vitamin E.
I used my cheese grater to grate down three teaspoons of wax. What you see below is what I still have after removing enough for this project (the handle is for size reference).
I decided to melt my solid ingredients in the microwave rather than on the stove because I didn't have a pan I was willing to permanently donate to the bees wax cause. I have two glass, one cup measuring cups, and this one just found a steady job.
I use coconut oil in place of every kind of oil out there most of the time, so this ingredient is one I also "had on hand". Six teaspoons of this went in.
In with this goes 1 1/2 teaspoons of lanolin (which I also had already), and then I put it in the microwave stopping it to stir every 15 seconds. I did this for about two minutes. I used a wooden skewer to stir.
When the wax melts completely, add 2 teaspoons of hard honey. I didn't take a picture of the "hard honey" that is called for. This is simply whipped honey that you can buy in the honey section of your grocery store. I added about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, stirred it all in the measuring cup until it started to solidify, then poured it into three of these containers that I bought three years ago at Michael's.
So easy (and cheap) to make, and you get a quality product out of it. It can be used on your lips, hands, feet, elbows, knees...