Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Peppermint Lip Balm

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...


  1. that is so neet, probley works better than the store brand

    1. Cindy,
      It TOTALLY works better than the store brand! It's my new favorite.

  2. Cool!! Why, if you don't mind me asking did you leave out the Vit. E? Just wondering... LOL!

    1. Vikki,
      I left it out because it was a little pricey, and I didn't feel it was necessary to the "integrity" of the balm. I definitely do want to include it sometime, though.

  3. And I'm enjoying my little container of this wonder cream! Thanks, sweetie, for sharing!


  4. Impressed again!!! From the bees to thee! Blair has some wonderfully beneficial hobbies!

  5. I would buy some of that! Let's talk! :)