I love Calendula. It is lovely in so many applications and I nearly always have a batch of Calendula oil steeping because I think of it as a great all purpose skin product oil.
This lip balm is much better than any other I've ever used. Commercial balms simply add a barrier between you lips and the environment, but this stuff really helps to heal your lips. I regularly play around with this recipe, but what you see below is simply the best to date. I prefer to spring for the little lip tubes for this because it can be a little too soft for the pot.
3 Tablespoons Calendula oil
1 Tablespoon shea butter
1 Tablespoon plus 1 tsp bees wax
1 Tablespoon Honey
20 drops lemon essential oil
To avoid wasting a lot of product your Mise en place is a must for this receipt.
In a double boiler melt the shea butter into the Calendula oil then stir in the bees wax. Once the wax is fully melted take it off the heat and add the honey. Attempt to stir the honey into the mix while giving it about 30 second to cool further before adding the lemon essential oil. Now comes the tricky part to incorporate the honey well, use an immersion blender on the mixture. This blend the honey in with the fats but it will also incorporate air and cool the mixture pretty rapidly so be prepared to "bottle" as soon at the blender comes out. The balm may form honey droplets on the surface from time to time, but I just think of that as a nice treat.