lip balm recipe with beeswax

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  1. I find that if I keep it on the counter to solidify, it gets grainy and if I put in the fridge it gets too hard. What is the best way, once all have melted to make it solidify?

    1. Hi Andrea! Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Honestly, I’ve never had this problem with the lip balm, but it could be that the ingredients are not well mixed together. Because the different waxes and butters have different melting points, as they’re heated and then cool off, some bits might solidify quicker than others. Also, if there are quick temperature changes. When you melt the ingredients together, when everything has melted and the mixture is liquid, do you mix it for a minute or so? To make sure that everything is well blended? Or do you just let it cool like that?

    1. Hi Adrienne 🙂 Well, you can use whatever oil you have on hand – it’s just a matter of whether or not you find it suitable on your lips (if it’s too thin, too thick, not protective enough). In my experience, olive oil is great for this precisely because it is a bit more viscous and thick, so it feels more protective on the lips. Grapeseed is a lot lighter as an oil (I’ve never tried it in any lip balm recipe), but give it a shot and let us know 🙂

    1. Hi Wendy 🙂
      You could, but the result will be slightly different – consider that cocoa butter has a higher melting point than shea butter (it’s harder), so the lip balm will be slightly softer to the touch. It might feel less “protective” in Winter and it might not stay on your lips as long, but Shea butter is very moisturizing. If Shea is all you have now, give it a try and see if you like it. If you feel it doesn’t stay very long on the lips, consider giving the cocoa butter a try 🙂 Let us know!

    1. Hi Tynetta! There are a lot of resources for these – it depends on the types of tubes and how many you might want to buy (and where in the world you’re located). You have your usual suspects, like Amazon and Alibaba that sell everything, but of course they are not the most sustainable choice (for several reasons). It’s totally up to you. Etsy is always a good place to start – so many sellers. I’ll leave a few online resources for eco-friendly, sustainable chapstick tubes below ^_^ Let me know if that helps!

  2. I made a batch to give out to my pregnant clients. To me, it was too hard to get out of the little tub I put it in. How can I make it softer? Thank you

    1. Hi Wendy! No problem, it’s easy to make the mixture softer – just increase slightly the amount of olive oil. Start with just half a teaspoon and see how it feels to you, before adding more than that. If you add too much olive oil and find the mixture “watery”, just add a bit more of cocoa butter to make it “creamier”.

      But also consider that it might be the right texture, but depending on the container it might be easier or harder to get at. For instance, if you’re reusing a lipstick tube and just rubbing the lip balm directly on your lips vs trying to rub it first with your finger and then transfer that to the lips. I usually keep mine in a little tub as well and just use the back of my nail to scrape a bit off the surface. I then rub that on my lips.

      Let me know how it goes ^_^

    1. Hi Larissa! There’s absolutely no need to keep it refrigerated and it will last as long as it takes you to finish it ^_^ You see, there are no water-based ingredients – it’s just a mixture of oils and wax – so you don’t need preservatives.

      Now, depending on the oils you choose to use, they might go rancid under certain conditions after a while, but none of the ingredients in this recipe are sensitive to that. In fact, both beeswax and honey (if you decide to use it) are antibacterial and keep for absolutely ages. Cold pressed olive oil hardly ever goes rancid. I can personally confirm that in all my life using and consuming olive oil, it’s never happened to me!

    1. Hi Theresa! It’s literally when you put a container or pot in a bath ^_^ You know, in this case, you put the ingredients for the lip balm in a container to melt (let’s say a small jar) and then you put that jar in a pot and you fill the pot with water until about halfway (otherwise the water might spill into the jar and you don’t want that). You then put the pot on the stove and heat that, until the water is just simmering (not boiling).

      You keep it on the fire, simmering, until the ingredients in the jar have melted completely. It’s a softer way of melting the ingredients, so that they don’t burn. I hope that made sense ^_^ Let me know if you try it!

    1. Hi Gail!

      It really depends on your own preferences. I usually don’t use plastic containers because of PBAs and other possible contaminants that might leech into the product, but if it doesn’t bother you, or if the container is free of anything nasty, then go for it. Both types of containers are perfectly durable and lightweight to carry around. If plastic is what’s handier, then it’s definitely more “sustainable” to use that instead of buying something new. Just make sure whatever you use is perfectly clean ^_^

      Let me know what you think!

  3. This looks great, can’t wait to try it. How would you go about making a larger batch to give to fiends and family? I have those tins handy:)

    1. Thanks Dena! That’s easy ^_^ Just substitute “teaspoon” for whatever other volume measurement you want. Think of it as “parts”: 1 part cocoa butter + 2 parts beeswax + 3 parts olive oil. So if you want to make a bigger batch, you can for instance do 1 Tablespoon cocoa butter + 2 Tablespoons beeswax + 3 Tablespoons olive oil. Let us know how it turned out ^_^

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