I started beekeeping for two reasons. I wanted honey to make mead, and I wanted beeswax. Beeswax has hundreds of uses, and one of those uses is cosmetics.
Now, homemade lip balm isn’t the main use for my beeswax, but when I do make some, it is in high demand because handmade beeswax lip balm where care has been taken in its manufacture has no comparison to commercial balms.
It does not take much time or equipment to make your own balms, and if you have your own bees, then the next big expense is the containers. You can easily purchase twist tubes, but small jars work just as well.
This worked so well, and was such a hit that I made a bunch of other cosmetics. When Genny was nursing she really liked my nipple balm (but she hates me talking about nipple balm)
- Double boiler (we improvise by balancing a small pot on a mason jar ring sitting in a larger pot of water.)
- Disposable stirring sticks
- measuring spoons
- carrier oil (coconut, Shea butter, almond oil) we use a mix of almond oil and shea butter
- Flavoring oil (peppermint works great)
- Melt 3 teaspoons of beeswax
- add 5 teaspoons of carrier oil and let melt
- add 5-7 drops of flavoring (start low and work up to what you like)
- Pour into containers and let cool (it will take some time to harden)
This is a recipe you can experiment with, more wax makes a harder balm, more oil makes it glossier.
If your a guy that wants to keep bees, this is a great way to bring your wife on board. My wife loves giving this balm to her friends because they love it, and she likes being able to tell them she made it from beeswax from HER bees…