It seems like people now are getting to be a lot more conscientious about what exactly is in their personal hygiene products. Buying nice, all natural products can end up costing an arm and a leg. I found this recipe for homemade balm in an issue of Fine Gardening magazine that my Mom had given to me. I am so glad I decided to try the recipe because it is AWESOME! I am that person who has bought every single lotion in the store on my quest for the perfect moisturizer because I always had itchy, dry skin. Well, this is the best stuff that I have come across and a container of it goes a long way. It really makes a great gift. Everyone that I have shared it with has really loved it and started using it instead of conventional lotion. You can also pour it into really small containers to use it as a lip gloss. If you’re using it for yourself a contact lens container makes a perfect (cheap) lip balm container. Or, you can order little containers online. I like to put the balm I use into shallow, wide-mouth mason jars.
All you need is olive oil and bee’s wax, and you can add some essential oils if you want to. I also think it would be amazing with coconut oil and I want to try that next time I make some. One nice thing about making your own is that you can customize it to suit your tastes by adding your favorite essential oils and adjusting the ratios of oils and bee wax to make a firmer or softer product. In winter you might have a higher amount of oil and in summer you might use more bee wax. If you make it and it doesn’t turn out the consistency you wanted, just melt it down and adjust it as desired. Let’s do a cost break down and see how cheap it is to make.
Bee Wax- 16 ounce block for $8.99 – that equals 56 cents per ounce
Oil- 25 ounce bottle for $5 – that is 20 cents per ounce
2 ounces of bee wax= $1.12
16 ounces of oil= 3.20
Total cost for one batch is $4.32 and there are 18 ounces in one batch. Therefore each ounce of your high quality homemade balm costs less than 25 cents! That is dirt cheap because that amount of product will last for a long, long time! To buy a leading bee balm at a popular online retailer it costs 3.33 per ounce! Making a batch is really quick and easy. The active work time is definitely less than 20 minutes.
|Homemade Bee Balm Recipe
yields 16 ounces of balm
1 1/4 cups grated bee wax (about 2 ounces)
Set out your containers that you will be putting the balm into so that they are ready. Next, find a large pot and a smaller pot that will sit in your larger pot. Add enough water to the larger pot so that it comes up around the bottom of the smaller pot. Bring the water to a boil.
Add the olive oil and cook for 15 minutes.
Now it is time to add your grated bee wax. Stir the mixture until everything is melted. Add essential oil. Dip a spoon into the mixture and set it aside for a few minutes to see if the balm is your desired consistency. If you want thinner balm add more olive oil, and if you want a thicker balm add more bee wax.
While the mixture is still liquid pour it into your containers. Let it sit uncovered for several hours until totally cooled and it will harden and be ready to use and give to friends for a special gift.I love to put this on extra thick right before bed and then put on some cotton gloves to let it really soak in so my hands will be silky smooth in the morning. I find that the balm is most effectively absorbed by the skin when it is applied while your skin is still moist (from a shower, washing your hands etc…).
I posted about this balm as one of my very first posts and included a photo tutorial if you’d like to see some photos along with the instructions.
Photo Credit: blumbiene