Saturday, April 4, 2009

Crafty Goodness: Lip Balm

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!


Kristin Aquariann said...

Wow, lady, you are a Renaissance woman! That's awesome that you're learning so many new skills. Your lip balm sounds wonderful.

Athena's Armoury said...

I love trying new stuff, learning, and experimenting! I don't always fall in love with the new project to continue doing it, but at least I learned something new and can better appreciate those skills in other people.

The Green Cat said...

Hey that's really cool. I've thought about making my own (since so much lip balm comes in plastic and I'm trying to reduce that). Perhaps once I use up all the Burt's Bees balm I have (in metal tins) I'll bust out that recipe and try to make my own.

Blue Buddha said...

I just saw this post now. If you ever start selling lip balm, let us know. Our office is mega hot & dry. Homemade lip balm would be great. Maybe a trade for rings...?