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Easy Microwave Honey Lip Balm

Honey Lip Balm

I should own stock in a lip balm company! It seems like I buy at least a dozen tubes a month! (Of course half of them get ruined in the washer or dryer…but that’s another story.) What can I say?  We live in a semi-arid state, made MORE arid in the wintertime with forced-air heating. AND we’re just super chappy people! I blame our pale, fair-skinned Scandinavian ancestors. (Sorry Olaf and Berta!)  :-)

I realize buying lip balm is not a huge investment, but making a huge quantity of my own that is vastly superior to the stuff I buy at the grocery store checkout stand is very appealing to me!  I have already posted one recipe for homemade lip balm, but when I came across this super simple recipe, I just had to try it! Melting the ingredients in the microwave is so fast, plus the recipe only has a few ingredients!

DIY Honey Lip Balm

Recipe courtesy of Honey.com

Ingredients:

Easy Microwave Lip Balm

Instructions:

Place almond oil and beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until mixture melts. You might want to take it out and stir after 45 seconds or so. Careful, the bowl will be HOT!

Easy Microwave Lip Balm

Whisk honey into beeswax mixture and stir well.

Easy Microwave Lip Balm

Carefully pour the hot mixture into small containers with lids. I filled 1 large tube, a 1 ounce container, and an old Altoids tin and had plenty left over. You could definitely buy this 25 pack of tubes and fill them all – they make a great gift!

I added a few drops of essential oils at this point, so that every container could be a different flavor! For a regular size chapstick tube, I would suggest 3-4 drops of oil. I like using peppermint, cinnamon or lavender. :-)  You could also add 20-25 drops to the whole mixture before dividing it into containers, or leave it out altogether.

Honey Lip Balm

Allow mixture to cool completely, for a few hours. Apply to lips as a moisturizer or on top of lipstick for extra shine!

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  • Any suggestions on how to solidify this mixture to put it into lipbalm tubes, or to make it thin enough to put it into the tubes that have doe foot applicators?

    My hands aren’t always clean enough to put my finger into the pot then touch my mouth to apply, so I prefer a more hygenic approach.

    • I pour the hot liquid into the lipbalm tubes and let it cool/solidify in the tube :-) You could probably make it work in a doe foot applicator if you used less beeswax and more almond oil. Give it a try, and let me know how it goes!

  • I made this and loved it…except almost all the honey went into the last tube. Did I do something wrong. It just didnt mix in well and I feel I mixed it well. I used raw honey so I didnt know if that makes a difference? I did use a pyrex measuring cup set into a pan of hot water. Could I have not heated it well enough? Please help!!

    • I also used raw honey, but it mixed together really well. I think it didn’t get hot enough. Did you just use the hot water method instead of the microwave? That will work, but you’ll want to put the water on the stove, at a very low simmer. As long as the liquid is HOT, the honey should melt right in. :-) Hope that helps Charlotte!

  • I made my lip balm let night, when I died the honey it sunk to the bottom and no amount of whisking and stirring would blend it. I used coconut oil and raw honey. Did I do something wrong

    • Hmm… It should blend with just a little whisking as long as it’s hot – you did microwave the coconut oil and beeswax, right? I used raw honey, as well, so that’s not the problem!

      • I guess I didnt see someone else had this problem. I guess I should read the comments before I post something…lol.

    • I had the same problem, my honey isn’t raw it was store bought. I melted the oil and wax together, waited for it to solidify a bit then mixed in the warmed honey really well.

  • Yes, there is a shelf life to most food oils. I just had to toss the lip balm I made 1 1/2 to 2 years ago. It started to smell rancid.

    I have no scientific proof, but I believe that mineral oil has a chapping effect. I apply my diy lip balm about 2-3 times a day. Whereas, I was applying the store bought brand every hour and still getting chapped and cracked lips.

  • I read on this site that there is danger in using microwave cooking. I am inquisitive in what has happened as I am using microwave ovens now for over 45 years and no problem yet! Every danger I heard of the user did something wrong. I eat a lot of red meat . Forgive me for my stupidity!

  • Jillee, I have concerns about the health aspects of microwave ovens, so I assume the lip balm can be made in a heatproof glass bowl set over a small pan of simmering water, right? Just like melting chocolate in the pre-nuke days?

  • I was addicted,my daughter, and granddaughter to lipbalm Once we started using it in dry weather our liPS would Crack if we didn’t use it.
    Regardless of the brand.Then I was given a gift of EOS,told this would’nt happen.It works and lasts forever. Just a tip for those not DIY.

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