Perfectly Blended Beeswax Balm
Before we get started, I feel that I need to be transparent about a couple of things. Especially, if this is your first time working with beeswax.
Working with beeswax is not for the faint of heart. In fact, I find it down right frustrating! It ruins just about everything it comes in contact with. I have had to throw away countless spoons and bowls and I have even managed to lose a blender (or two) in the great struggle. AND the clean up… well it’s a real bitch - excuse my French. But if you’re reading this, my guess is that you’re undeterred and ready to take on the challenge. As you should be! This is a right of passage every DIY natural enthusiast should endure.
With that out of the way, let’s get to it. Click here for our DIY checklist. Otherwise, here is what you’ll need:
Latex free gloves
Small glass bowl
lip balm pots or 1-2 ounce jars
3 ounces grapeseed or jojoba oil (organic)
1 ounce beeswax (pure unbleached)
Clean and disinfect any and all work spaces. This includes kitchen tables, counter tops, microwaves and stoves etc.
Disinfect all utensils, equipment and containers. Isopropyl alcohol 70% or higher is a good option.
Weigh oil and beeswax. Combine in a glass bowl. Place bowl in the microwave for one minute. Stir contents. Continue to heat in 20 second intervals, stirring in between until beeswax is melted. Let stand until you start to see the beeswax begin to harden around the edge of the bowl. Start mixing the balm using the spatula. As the mixture cools, use the whisk to blend out any clumps. Continue to mix until the balm is a creamy consistency. Continue to mix until the temperature is a little warmer than room temperature.
Scoop balm into jars with spatula. If you want to use lip balm pots, I recommend piping it into the pots. You can make your own piping bag by scooping the mixture into a plastic bag and snipping a corner.
Finally, cover jars and pots with paper towels and allow the balm to cool completely before putting on the lids.
Does the oil and beeswax need to be weighed? Yes! Beeswax comes in blocks, pastilles and flakes. Weighing your beeswax is the only way to ensure the beeswax/oil ratio and the consistency of your creation.
Can I use another carrier oil such as Apricot seed oil or Avocado oil? Yes, but I don’t recommend them based on their fatty acid profiles.
Can I add high antioxidant oils or oils essential oils to my balm? Yes, but add them once the balm has cooled below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix well.