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Video:How to Make Natural Beeswax Lip Balm

with Danielle Lessovitz

Doesn't it feel like any time you need your lip balm, your favorite tube seems to have grown legs and walked away? Stop standing in line at the store to buy new ones and learn how to make your own beeswax balm at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Natural Beeswax Lip Balm

Hi my name is Danielle Lessovitz for about.com and today I am going to show you how to make your own all-natural beeswax chap stick.

Why Make Homemade Lip Balm?

You are probably thinking, whoa chap stick that is really complicated. They come in the fancy tubes with sparkles on them sometimes, and when you read the list of ingredients there are two hundred items.

Well, it turns out that making chap stick is really quite easy and can be a lot of fun. Making your own chap stick too is a good idea because you know exactly what is going into it. No petro-chemicals no toxins and actually all the ingredients we are using today are edible. Not that you want to eat beeswax, but you could. If you wanted.

Materials Needed to Make Beeswax Lip Balm

Get ready! Here is what you will need:
  • 10 lip balm tubes
  • 3 tsp of bees wax
  • 1 teaspoon for measuring
  • 4 tsp of cocoa butter
  • 5 tsp of sweet almond oil
  • 2 tsp lanolin
  • 1 Pyrex measuring cup
  • natural fragrance oil
  • 1/2 tsp honey

Measure the Cocoa Butter

First we are going to measure our ingredients and mix them in the Pyrex cup. Let's start with our cocoa butter. Since coca butter is solid at room temperature you may need to scrape it with a hard-edged utensil to make enough flakes for four tsp. You will notice that it smells a bit like chocolate, which may or may not be a flavor you are going for. A good alternative to the cocoa butter is coconut oil which you can buy without scent.

Add in the Beeswax Lip Balm Ingredients

Measure out five tsp. of almost oil, and place it in the measuring cup. Next, lets place our three tsp. of beeswax into our mixture. I prefer using the beeswax that comes in beads because it is more manageable and easier to melt later on. Now for our two teaspoons of lanolin - lanolin actually comes from the fleece of sheep and is great for repairing and waterproofing dry skin.

Melt the Lip Balm Ingredients

Now that we have all of our ingredients together, let's begin the melting process. Take a shallow sauce pan and fill it one-third of the way with water. Place it on the stove and put the Pyrex measuring cup into the water. Turn the flame on medium and begin stirring. I am using a whisk. Within no time the coca butter and lanolin will begin to melt. The beeswax will take a couple of minutes before it turns into a liquid. Once everything is melted, I like to add the honey. Stir it really well one last time and remove the measuring cup from the heat. Now you can add your fragrance oils. Five to ten drops should do the trick. Stir it around now we are ready to pour.

Pour the Lip Balm Into Containers

If pouring hot oil into a small tube makes you nervous, you can always try using droppers. Disposable droppers work best. Now, simply let them rest for 15 minutes to cool or place them in your refrigerator to speed up the process, and there you have it.

Personalize Your Beeswax Lip Balm

Once you master the basic techniques for making your own chapstick you start personalizing them by experimenting with different oils, different fragrances and even adding color with beet juice or lipstick. If you have not yet found your special talent, this could be it.

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