I like making things. All kinds of things. Usually, I make things out of yarn and fiber; knitting, hand spun yarn (yes, on a spinning wheel, just like in the fairy tales), and occasionally cross stitch, crochet and other crafts. I also love to cook. But do not - I repeat, do NOT ask me to grow anything more challenging than a bamboo stuck into the top of a wine bottle, because I will fail.
Recently, my friend Carrie posted this photo showing off the hand-made lip balm she created. The photo was so inviting, and I'm a girl, so naturally I love lip balm, and I was filled with a sudden and intense desire to make some of my own. It just seems like a perfect, cozy activity for a grey Seattle winter's day. Almost as if by fate, I saw the balm picture the day before I realized I had way more work to do than I thought on my novel draft, and I decided to comfort myself with some good old-fashioned online shopping (as you do). An hour later, I had placed a big order with Bulk Apothecary. Turns out sandalwood is really, REALLY expensive, y'all!
This weekend was my first foray into the art of balm-making this weekend. In less than an hour, I made three small batches of the stuff, and the results were good! Here's the recipe I went with, after much Googling and chatting with my peeps:
Sarie's Lip Balm
2 TBSP shea butter
2 TBSP coconut oil (unscented)
2 TBSP beeswax (white)
6 drops favorite essential oil (scent)
6 drops favorite essential oil (flavor)
In a microwave-safe dish with a spout, measure shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax. Microwave for approximately 90 seconds, pausing every 30 seconds to stir until all the soft solids are completely melted and have become clear. Using an eyedropper, add six drops each of flavor & scent essential oils.* Pour into tiny tins or tubes and let cool thoroughly (approximately 20 minutes).
*For this outing, I used combinations of lavender, vanilla and peppermint. My favorite? Lavender vanilla.