Make Your Own Healing and Cooling Lip Balm and Gloss
This lip treatment is rich, soothing, ultra cooling, and especially good for lips that are weather-beaten or chapped and tender.
4-5 tablespoons almond, jojoba, soybean, or castor base oil (castor oil preferred if you want a super-shiny gloss)
1 tablespoons beeswax
2 teaspoon honey
20 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil (optional)
1/2 tube of your favorite natural, synthetic-free, colored lipstick (optional)
In a small saucepan over low heat or double boiler, warm oil, beeswax, and honey until the wax is just melted. Use 5 tablespoons of oil for a softer consistency; use 4 tablespoons for a firmer balm.
Remove from heat. Add the essential oil (if desired) and colored lipstick (if desired), and stir until the lipstick is melted. Set the pan in a shallow ice-water bath. Using a whisk or spoon, stir rapidly for 20 to 60 seconds until the honey is completely incorporated and the formula is like thick frosting. it will be a pale yellow color unless you’ve added colored lipstick.
Spoon the mixture into storage containers and cap. Let the mixture set for 2 hours before use.
No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and taste, please use within 1 year.