DIY Honey Lip Balm

Today I’m talking lips.  Out here in the desert it’s dry (I know, big surprise).  The lips seem to be the first thing to go when you come here from humid parts of the country.   The skin on your lips can get destroyed quickly.  A few hours out in the wind can leave them dry and chapped for days. I’ve learned that being a little proactive has helped prevent my lips from going from luscious to cracked and peeling!

Molly’s Rules for Lip Care

1.  If I’m going to be outside for more than a few minutes I make sure I have a balm covering my lips.  This covers the skin with a nice barrier to protect it from the wind and sun.

2.  After I brush my teeth I apply lip balm and if my lips feel even the least bit dry I apply a bit of honey on them before bed.  Honey acts as a humectant (a substance that attracts and retains moisture) -when I wake up my lips are revived and they taste awfully sweet ;) .

Honey Lip Balm

I’ve made a great lip balm recipe that’s works better than my Burt’s Bees lip balm.

The recipe yields 1/2 ounce.  Just enough to put inside the lid of a bottle.  I use a top from an old spice bottle.

Ingredients:

  • 3 teaspoons grated unbleached beeswax ( Know your source, you don’t want any chemicals in there!)
  • 5 teaspoons carrier oil (I use  jojoba  but some other options are sunflower or castor)
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E
  • 1 teaspoon honey

For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.

Jojoba oil, vitamin E and honey

Jojoba oil, vitamin E and honey

Blending Procedure:

1.  Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler or a melting pot like you see in the photo below.

My mixing jar and melting pot

My mixing jar and melting pot

You'll need a holder for the balm and a metal tablespoon

You'll need a holder for the balm and a metal teaspoon

2.  Stir the beeswax and oil together and remove from heat.

Melt the beeswax and the oil together

Melt the beeswax and the oil together

Once melted and mixed remove from heat

Once melted and mixed remove from heat

3.  Add honey and Vitamin E. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.

Add honey and vitamin E to the mixture

Add honey and vitamin E to the mixture

4.  Pour into your balm holder.

Pour into balm holder

Pour into balm holder

  • Let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving.
It’s so easy!  This takes me about 10 minutes to make and that includes melting time!  After a week or so the honey will separate.  You will notice little beads of honey oozing up at the edges.  If this bothers you don’t add the honey.  I just rub it back into the balm and apply. Yum.

 

Honey lip balm
Mike!!  Where are yOOOOOU?!  My lips are ready for a big ole’ kiss!

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And a big kiss out to Ashlee over at I’m Topsy Turvy for featuring our honey lip balm post in her Point of  View March feature!

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10 Comments

  1. Posted February 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    This just SOUNDS tasty. I’d be licking it off all day.

    • Posted February 7, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

      Honey is the bestest thing EvER!!!

  2. Anonymous
    Posted February 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    How cool is this!  Love it…. And I would probably be licking it off all day too!

  3. Kjutne
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    What do you do for a lid for it in the cap?

    • Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:49 am | Permalink

      I don’t :?
      It sits on my dresser table next to the sink. 
       I think just for giggles I’ll experiment and put it in one of my old Burt’s Bees lip balm tubes (cleaned out of course) to see what happens.  With this batch the honey has not seeped to the edges and I don’t know why?

  4. Ashlee Prisbrey
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I love it!  I’m a big fan of homemade lip balm!  Thanks for linking up to the Point of View!  I featured your post today come by and grab a featured button!

  5. Bobbi
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I made some of your lip balm today and I love it. I never thought I would be making my own lip balm. A little of it goes a long way and it stay on for a long time.

  6. gerbrak
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    I made this as well and followed the instructions thoroughly but the honey sank to the bottom during hardening. Could it be because I put it in a small jar instead of something wider?

    • Mike
      Posted December 19, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      Sometimes that happens. Not really sure why though. Usually Molly uses a container that is wider than it is tall.

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