I came across a recipe for lip balm in one of the library books I have out at the moment. My family always suffers from really dry, cracked lips once the cold winter weather sets in, so I thought it would be fun to try and ease some of their discomfort. I already had some beeswax on hand, which was picked up a month or so ago at the local market and it was calling at me to use it in something.
Lip balm base:
1 part beeswax
2 parts almond oil
Melt all ingredients in a double boiler until smooth. Add any extras (flavourings, colour..etc). Pour into small containers and allow to set.
I used 25g beeswax (grated) and 50g oil. As I didn't have any almond oil, I tried this recipe with apricot kernal oil, which I found in the health food section of the supermarket. I put the oil and wax into a large mug and then placed the mug into a frying pan which was filled with hot water. The ingredients were melted over low heat in this water bath. So far so good, it set super fast and really firm (within minutes of pouring into the containers). I'm not sure what the keeping qualities are with the apricot kernal oil, but we go through a lot of lip balm so it should get used up fairly quickly.
My daughter wanted to make hers tinted, so some unused lipstick was added with a toothpick and allowed to melt into the mix. All up the project took about 15 minutes, the main amount of time was waiting for the wax to melt. This quantity made 6 small jars.