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Published by: alissa1318 on Jul 20, 2011
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Month to Month

No-Nonsense Lip Balm
PreParatIon: 10 min

Lip balm doesn’t “wear off”—we eat it off. What we don’t consume by licking our lips is absorbed into our skin. Most commercial lip balms are made with ingredients we wouldn’t otherwise eat on purpose and may not even want on our skin: things like petroleum products and artificial scents, flavors, and preservatives. Homemade balms are truly edible, truly nontoxic, truly natural. They’re also easy to make. Just melt and pour. Most lip balm tins hold ¼ to ½ ounce. Lip balm tubes hold less than ¼ ounce— 0.15 ounce, to be precise. A little lip balm goes a long way, so this recipe makes only 1 ounce. It can be scaled up easily, but, in general, it’s better to make a fresh batch every few months. Olive oil stays sweet longer than most cooking oils, and beeswax never goes bad, but this is a preservative-free recipe, so spoilage is possible. Olive oil and beeswax are a fantastic healing combo. Use the recipe for your lips, but it will also soothe angry cuticles and cracked, dry skin. Balm intended for tubes should be made stiff, at a 3:1 or 4:1 oil-to-wax ratio. For use in pots or tins, it can be made anywhere from 4:1 to 8:1, depending on how soft you like it. This recipe is formulated at 4:1.

You’ll Need

* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil * 1½ teaspoons organic beeswax * Clean lip balm tubes or tins, enough to hold 1 ounce of balm total (you can repurpose
old tubes and tins or order new ones online. See the note below.)

PuttiNg it together
Combine the oil and wax in a Pyrex (heatproof glass) liquid measuring cup, then set the cup in a saucepan filled with 2 or 3 inches of gently simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the wax melts. Take the mixture off the heat and, while it is still liquid, pour it into tubes or tins. Let the balm cool, then cap the containers. Makes 1 ounce
If you’re planning to recycle lip balm tubes, you should know that the mechanisms in the tubes are delicate—we learned this the hard way. Don’t clean them in the dishwasher or even with hot water. Instead, wipe them out as well as you can and disinfect with rubbing alcohol or white distilled vinegar.


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