Sadly, it must be said that in my real life I am not as crafty as I think I am in the marvelous not so real life that takes place in my sweet head. This is not a matter of motivation as much as it is one of execution. I am, dare I say it, fantastically motivated to be the Martha Stewart kind of crafty. Sadly, I have been let down in my dream of being Martha by clumsy hands that clearly lack the patience and/ or the artistry required to be a craft diva. Put differently; in a room of ten-year old craft art, my work might not stand out as much as you would expect it to.
But friends, I do love to try. Every now and then I fumble my way to a result that may actually be called a success. Not the borderline let us be kind and call it a success type, but real, tangible success. This Honey Lip Balm is one such project.
It is highly possible that fortune favoured this craft session because the …er…crafting of this lip balm requires being able to boil water and not a full comprehension of how to appliqué anything on to anything else.
I have been dying to make lip balm – yip, I can get very excited about little things – after I bought a wonderful block of bees-wax from The Honey Connoisseur at this year’s Good Food and Wine Show. At the time I thought it would be another hard thing to do that would possibly require millions of ingredients. I have never been happier to be wrong. Thirty minutes (I am being very generous); 3-4 ingredients and a few little tins which I procured from MerryPak and you are on your way.
I made two batches of this lip balm. The first balm I made using olive oil as the carrier oil. The second balm I made using coconut oil. (The more yellow balm in the images is the olive oil balm which turned out to be my favourite.) I have seen many recipes using almond oil as the carrier oil. I think, having used two different kinds of oil and achieving the same result that the choice of oil comes down to personal preference and possibly budget.
Being that it’s that time of the year where we start thinking about gifting and we are trying to be gentle on the end of year budget, I give you Homemade Honey Lip Balm. You might agree that it would make a fabulous little teacher gift, thank you gift or even hostess gift.
Alternatively you could give it to the one you love to kiss. Because kisses are lovely, and the lips of the one you kiss should be too.
On those little Handsome lips of course, Honey Lip Balm is basically irresistibly.
- 30 ml (2 T) coconut oil or olive oil
- 60 ml (4 T) grated beeswax
- 10 ml (2 t) honey
- few drops essential oil e.g. peppermint (optional)
- Place the oil and wax into a glass jug.
- Stand the jug in a saucepan filled up to one third with water.
- Gently simmer the water to melt the oil and the beeswax. Whisk gently every now and then with a fork. Continue heating until all the beeswax is melted and the oil base is clear.
- Remove the oil from the heat and add the honey and essential oil if using.
- Pour the lip balm into containers and leave to stand until set.