Monday, December 22, 2014

Honey Lip Balm

It took some trial and error to work out the best way to incorporate the the honey into the lip balm so it did not simply form drops of honey on the surface. I've now used this method several times with success but it's also gone pear shaped once or twice. 

Your mise en place will be very important. Once of the trickier parts is finding a bowl that will hold the less than one cup of lip balm, be deep enough to use the immersion blender on and easy to pour into the lip tubes. I use a square dip bowl with a fair amount of success.

Double boiler 
Immersion blender
12 lip tubes or other small containers

2 Tbs Shea butter
6 Tbs Calendula oil
2 Tbs Bees Wax
2 Tbs Honey
up to 20 drops of preferred essential oil

This recipe will yield 12 tubes of lip balm. In a double boiler, melt the shea butter, bees wax and blend with the calendula oil. Once the three are incorporated remove from the heat and add the honey. Stir then honey in and notice that it will form small droplets in the mixture. The next step will make those droplets event small so they can be suspended throughout the lip balm. Use an immersion blender to blend the mixture. This will break up the honey and also begin to cool the lip balm. Once well blended (it only takes 30 seconds or so) add in your preferred essential oils. Some suggestions are below.

Honey lemon: 15 drops of lemon
Honey basil: 15 drops of basil
Lemon basil: 10 drops lemon 5 drops basil
Cinnamon: 5 drops vanilla 5 drops cinnamon

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