- beeswax, 8g
- shea butter, 8g
- olive oil, 34g
- essential oil, 3 – 5 drops
- my favourites are:
- peppermint (3 drops) – fresh & tingly,
- orange (2 drops) & benzoin (2 drops) – delicious & protecting.
- myrrh (2 drops) & mandarin (2 drops), healing,
- spearmint (3 drops) & benzoin (1 drop) – protecting, fresh & yummy.
- bain-marie or double boiler (this means a separate pan to put the butters in, on top of a pan of water, so that the oils are heated very gently by the steam from the water, rather than directly on the heat).
- stirring spoon or chopstick,
- lip balm pot or pots.
- measure out the ingredients first,
- melt the beeswax and oils in a bain-marie, add the shea butter once everything else is melted together so it doesn’t heat more than necessary.
- add the essential oils & stir,
- pour into a pot/pots and allow to set.
- Secure the lid immediately to capture the volatile essential oils, and check after a while if any moisture collects in the lid, and wipe away with a tissue.
- apply to lips whenever you feel to – useful for moisturising and protecting dry, sore lips, or for keeping them in good condition.
- if you suffer from cold sores, click here for a recipe to help soothe and reduce symptoms.
Tip: Dip your finger into the melting pot to test the consistency of the balm, it will cool and solidify very quickly so you can tell what the final product will be like. Add a little more beeswax to make a harder lip balm, and a little more liquid oil for a softer version.