We've been busy stocking up our soaps and herbal products for the upcoming month of holiday craft sales and gifting. A very simple project you can make at home is lipbalm, made with pure essential oils and healthful oils. Lipbalm is a useful gift to give almost anyone, and practical for the upcoming cold dry winter months. I make lipbalm in large batches with my 3 year old, who helps line up the tubes, stir the oils, and cap the lids on tight. Here's our basic recipe (adaptable to the ingredients you wish to use):
20% local beeswax
25% coconut oil (or other cosmetic grade oil that is solid at room temp)
15% cocoa butter
40% sweet almond oil (or other liquid oil such as olive oil, sunflower oil, hemp oil)
1-5% vitamin E oil (adjust beeswax to get firm consistency of finished lipbalm)
a drop of pure essential oil per tube (e.g. lavender, sweet orange, peppermint)
Melt all ingredients (other than essential oils) in double boiler over low heat. When completely liquified, do a consistency test by placing a few drops on a metal spoon and letting this cool (I put it into the freezer for a few minutes to harden). If you like the hardened consistency then you are ready to pour the liquid lipbalm into your tubes. If it's too hard add more oil; if too soft add more beeswax accordingly. Add essential oils at the very end when your saucepan has been taken off the stove (do not heat your essential oils as this will degrade them).