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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Preview of Coming Attractions!

Tonight I took Step One toward making lip balm out of my prize winning wax block - seems a shame to grate it up, but that's the direction I'll be taking.

I'm planning to use the recipe in The Backyard Beekeeper to make lip balm for Christmas presents. Tonight I found coconut oil (an essential ingredient) on the web and ordered it!

Here's the recipe:

1 cup shredded beeswax
14 oz coconut oil (what I ordered are 2 bottles - each 14 oz - of coconut oil)
5 Tbsp honey
5 Tbsp vanilla extract (I have great Mexican vanilla extract)

Heat the wax in a saucepan over low heat to 150 degrees. In a separate saucepan, heat the oil to the same temperature. When both are heated to the proper temperature, add the coconut oil to the beeswax, remove the pan from heat, and stir steadily until well blended. then add the honey and the vanilla extract. Continue to stir until well blended. Pour into tubes or tubs, allow to cool overnight, and then cap the containers and store at room temperature, out of direct sunlight.

Well, I'm fired up to do this - the recipe above makes 100 .15 ounce tubes of lip balm or 65 1/3 ounce pots. I've already been to the Container Store and have bought a few pots for the lip balm - we'll see how it turns out. The coconut oil has been ordered from a place in Texas and I'm ready to do this.

I found a great Internet site for making lip balm. Her site led me to another good site about lip balm. And in further exploring I found these tins to put the lip balm in. Goodness, after all of this ordering stuff, I hope I actually can successfully make lip balm!

Since next week is Thanksgiving, I imagine that this will be a post-Thanksgiving project - but you know I'll record it for this blog!

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:29 PM

    This is going to be exciting for me, as this is just what I want to do with my beeswax. I will be watching and waiting for the results. Good Luck

    Annette
    Placerville

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  2. Hey Linda!
    I used Kim Flottum's recipe as well last year, and had good success with it! I also got some vitamin E caplets from the pharmacy, cut a couple open and added the liquid to the lip balm to give it a little extra protection. I've seen some folks put zinc in for sun protection, but I haven't tried that yet!
    Good luck!
    Steve

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  3. Anonymous4:00 PM

    Hi Linda.

    Good luck with the balm. I, too, am looking forward to seeing the process.
    Just take care with the warming of bees wax as it is highly flamable!!
    (you may already have read this somewhere else)
    Have fun and have a good Christmas!

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