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I finally got something I like. I found this recipe from Martha Stewart at I used the “glossier” version.

It works like this:
2 teaspoon beeswax
4 teaspoon “Carrier Oil” (I used Olive Oil)
1 teaspoon honey.
6-7 drops essential oil (I didn’t have any, so I left it out)
I melted the beeswax and oil in a double boiler, added the honey, stirred and poured into my little jars.

I have to admit that my biggest disappointment was (again) the honey. It separated out in the pan and essentially never made it into the little jars. Next time I’ll leave it out of the recipe altogether.

I like my final result. It looks great and feels good on my lips. It’s a little hard so I think I’d like to put it into tubes instead of pots, but I can leave that for next time.

Any thoughts about the honey? I’d really like to make a honey lip balm…

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I had a small success today. In under 10 minutes, I mixed some “Berry” Kool-Aid into some vaseline and scooped it into one of lip-balm pots.

The kids love it and it was super simple. I wouldn’t suggest that this is cosmetic-worthy or anything. It has a slightly gritty feel for a minute after we put it on(what do you expect from Kool-Aid?) but, for the kids, it was great. And it really did moisturize our lips.

I also couldn’t figure out a way to melt it so that it would have the nice “factory finish” top on it, but whatever. My kids didn’t mind.

What do you think?

Koolaid lip balm

Koolaid lip balm

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My first lip=balm

My first lip=balm

I’m not what anyone would call crafty, and I’m not especially into “natural” or homemade.  I just really love the cute little containers full of good smelling balms – I always have.  I have a huge collection of half-used pots, jars and tubes.  I guess I just figured I’d like to give it a try.

Here’s what I did…

First I looked for lip balm recipes.  There are lots of different versions, some use the microwave, and some use a double boiler.  I think I’ll start with the microwave version (in case I have to ruin a pan with the double-boiler plan)

3 tablespoons of petroleum jelly
1 teaspoon of honey
Melt in a microwave-safe glass container on low
Pour into containers and let cool

Okay, I need containers.  I found some at
I ordered a set of 10 little jars – although I briefly considered ordering 100 with visions of a home-based business passing briefly through my mind. 

5 days later my cute little jars arrived.  I had to keep my kids from pilfering them so I enlisted their help with my lip-balm project.

First, we threw everything into a glass measuring cup and melted on low power in the microwave.  Guess what?  Honey melts WAY faster than Vaseline.  THAT didn’t work.

Okay, we threw that batch out, cleaned and dried the measuring cup and tried a second time.  This time we melted the petroleum jelly first and then whisked in the honey.  It looked better than the first batch.  We poured it into the cute little jars and let them cool.  Unfortunately, after a couple minutes the honey and Vaseline separated.  We decided this didn’t work either.

I’m on a mission.  I love the idea of a honey lip balm, so I’m giving up on the petroleum jelly base and opting for beeswax.  Makes sense, right?  Beeswax…Honey… I guess I should have thought of it earlier.  Anyway, I went back to and ordered some beeswax “prills” (which I guess are little pellets).  Let’s see if I can do better with those. 

I’ll keep you posted, do you have any advice?

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