Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HomeMade Lip Balm, Make Great Holiday Gifts


In your Introduction to Essential Oils class, we go over how to make lip balm. You can find this again in the Making Products lesson (#7 in the directions).
This week is a great variation on the lip balm recipe from the intro class. I went ahead and linked each ingredient to Aromatics International (a great place to purchase everything you need to make the lip balms).
Green Mandarin, Calendula & Vanilla Lip balm
The basic idea is to first melt the beeswax and the vanilla jojoba, then add the calendula infused oil, and add the Green Mandarin essential oil last. Let the blend stand and harden for a few hours before use.
Measure the vanilla jojoba, calendula oil and beeswax by weight. I use a small kitchen scale to measure weight.
  • 1 oz of beeswax
  • 1 oz of calendula oil
  • 2 oz of vanilla jojoba wax (jojoba “oil” is actually a wax)
  • 20 drops of Green Mandarin essential oil
This makes about 24 tubes, if your tube is about 5 ml (1/6 oz).
Melt the jojoba and beeswax in a double boiler (look back in the class for a homemade double boiler technique). When melted, add the calendula oil and stir with a glass stirring rod, then take off the stove. Add the Green Mandarin oil, stir and pour immediately into lip balm tubes. It helps to have a lip balm tray to hold the tubes in place.
These make really great gifts, and they only cost about $2.00 each to make if you buy the smallest size of all the ingredients. When you buy larger sizes of the ingredients, they cost even less to make.
If you're interested in making body butters and products for a healthier lifestyle, check out Aromahead Institute’s online class: Aromatherapy for Natural Living!
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