Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Beeswax Lip Balm

By Florentyna K















 Who doesn't love the flavor and feel of juicy strawberry lip balm on their lips? Well, everyone does, at least we women do! Dabbing a bit of lip balm on our lips every few hours has sort of become a habit for us. Lip balm is a great way of protecting our lips from chapping due to harsh weather. A layer of lip balm underneath your favorite lipstick protects your lips from the chemicals in the lipsticks. However, sometimes the ingredients in the commercially available lip balm itself are dangerous for your lips and do more damage than good. In such cases, making your own beeswax lip balm is a great way of ensuring the beauty of your lips. Given below are some recipes for making beeswax lip balm.

Beeswax Lip Balm Recipes

General Instructions
Beeswax comes in shredded pieces or blocks, which need to be melted at home. It does not completely become liquid. but turns into a soft mass when heated adequately. It should never be heated directly on the flame, instead it should be either micro waved with small, repeated time intervals or double heated in a pot of boiling water. Other lip balm ingredients can be added depending upon the desired flavor. The key to making a quality lip balm is thoroughly mixing the ingredients, so that there is no lump formation. You may also melt a capsule of vitamin E, to increase the health value of your lip balm. Given below are some recipes for making flavored beeswax lip balm. You will need to arrange for lip balm containers and tubes to store your homemade lip balm.

Almond Oil Lip Balm

Ingredients
  • 8 oz. Sweet almond oil
  • 1.5 - 2.5 oz. Beeswax
  • 1 tsp. Honey
Take almond oil and beeswax in a pyrex measuring container and melt them together by any of the methods mentioned above. Mix them well and add honey to the mixture. Blend all the ingredients well until a homogeneous mixture is formed. Pour the lip balm in the containers and tubes.

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

Ingredients
  • 2.5 oz. Cocoa butter
  • 2.6 oz. Beeswax
  • 1.4 oz. Sweet almond oil
Melt all the ingredients together and mix them well. Pour into glass containers or tubes and store in cool, dry place.

Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients Melt the oil and beeswax together in a pyrex container. Switch off the heat and add honey to the mixture. Thoroughly mix the ingredients and add drops of peppermint oil to it. Pour into containers and tube and store. You may replace peppermint oil with an essential oil of your choice.

Creamy Lip Balm

Ingredients
  • ½ tbsp. Grated beeswax
  • ½ tbsp. Grated cocoa butter
  • 1 tsp. Coconut oil
  • Bavarian cream
Mix all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Heat the mixture for about 45 minutes. Blend it well and pour in the lip balm containers.

You may add coloring agents such as beetroot juice to your beeswax lip balm recipe. However, refrain from adding synthetic coloring or flavoring agents, as they could deteriorate the value of your lip balm. Always seal your lip balm containers tightly and store them in cool, dry place. If you find a change in texture or smell of your lip balm, discard the entire batch and make a new one.

Article Source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/beeswax-lip-balm.html

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