Today, I tried something new: I made lip balm. I'm a big fan of making my own cleaning products and personal care products plus I use lip balm like nobody's business so it was only a matter of time before I tried making my own.
The recipe I used is from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond, a book referred to me from my friend Cat over at The Green Cat Blog. I picked up the beeswax with a coupon from Michael's and some grapeseed oil from Whole Foods. I really wanted to use coconut oil, but was having a hard time finding any. Add a little honey as a humectant and some essential oil for scent and I was all set. I don't have a double boiler so I made one with a Pyrex measuring cup inside a pot with some water. Worked like a charm!
It's still sitting in the kitchen hardening, so I don't know how I did yet but it smells great. I love trying new things!! I have more than I know what to do with right now, so this will either last me a really long time or my customers can look forward to getting some Athena's Armoury lip balm with their purchases. =)
Addendum: I found a second recipe that I wrote down a long time ago and tried that out, too.
Results: The first recipe I used is a little too oily for my taste and the second one is so hard that I can barely apply it. I guess next time, I'll split the difference!