Day 18: Today I made some lip balm. It’s fun and simple to make, trust me. So much, that you won’t want to buy it from a store again! I’ve made lip balm before, but thought I’d spice it up this time (ohhh witty). Here is a simple recipe from this awesome book if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself:
- 7-8 teaspoons of carrier oil of choice (almond, jojoba, avocado, soybean, etc)
- 2 tsp of grated beeswax
- 1 tsp of honey
- 10 drops of essential oil (peppermint, orange, grapefruit, lemon, lavender, etc) or flavouring of choice
- small glass or plastic jar, or tin container
In my continued adventures of making natural skincare concoctions, I decided to use 2 tsp of emu oil, 2 tsp of calendula infused almond oil, and 3 tsp of cinnamon, clove & cardamom infused almond oil.
To make the herbal infusions, you need to plan well in advance (this is a slow process that requires patience, folks!) Infused oils can be used to make balms, salves or for delicious massage.
- Get some mason jars (or any jar with a tight sealing lid) and fill them about 3/4 of the way to the top with your herb, flower or spice(s) of choice. Make sure the herbs or flowers are dried first! This is an important point, because fresh stuff can go rancid and moldy quite quickly due to the water content (you don’t want your balm to smell funky I’m assuming).
- Next, pour your carrier oil over the herbs until it just reaches the top of the herbs.
- Seal with the lid.
- Place in a sunny window and let it infuse for about 2-4weeks (or more if you’d like), shaking vigourously once a day or so.
- When ready, strain the oil through some cheesecloth (or a coffee filter) into a dark glass jar (the dark colour will prevent light from getting in and shortening the shelf-life)
- Discard herbs
- Store in a dark cool place for optimal freshness and deliciousness.
Okay, so I will admit, my experimentation today went a bit awry. I bought some beetroot powder in order to create a tinted balm. The original recipe called for a portion of your “favourite lipstick”, but firstly, I don’t ever wear lipstick, and secondly, many of the major brands are full of nasty crap like lead. I’ve seen DIY makeup recipes use beetroot juice as a tint, but at the health foodstore, they only had the powder so I opted for that instead. Turns out, it doesn’t mix well into the hot oils, getting clumpy and therefore gritty. I think next time, I’ll try infusing the powder into the oil. Could work?
Anyways, back to the lip balm making process!
Fill a small saucepan with water and place on the stove to bring to a boil. In a heat safe Pyrex dish, add your carrier oil, beeswax and honey.
Continue to stir. When the beeswax is melted, remove from heat. Dump the hot water and add some cold water to the pan, placing the Pyrex dish back in to cool the mixture. Whisk mixture. While the mixture is starting to cool, add your essential oils or other flavourings. (((Note: before using essential oils, make sure you’re not allergic or will not react negatively. Do some research on different oils and their precautions and contraindications or do a patch test beforehand (always use with a carrier oil because essential oils are extremely potent))). This needs to be done fast (too fast to photograph!) before the mixture starts to solidify. Pour into containers and let set for a few hours (or overnight) before using.
The balm should last up to a year. To make it last longer, you can add a natural preservative like Vitamin E oil. Jut squeeze some in before the balm solidifies.
The balm turned out super delicious tasting and smelling (mmmmm), but of course, next time I will omit the beetroot powder for less gritty results!