12.05.2009

Homemade All Natural Beeswax Lip Balm

My 5 year old's classmates are crazy about Chapstick.  They think it's cool to bring it to school and keep it in their pockets, sometimes letting each other try the many unique flavors they find (I can't type this without shuddering).  So he naturally requested his own.

After extracting a promise (several times) that he would not share it and would not try anyone else's, I relented and bought a tube.  Then I noticed this...

"Lift for Drug Facts"

Curious about that, I lifted the label.  The adhesive ripped a layer of the label off and I wasn't able to read it.   So, I just cut to the chase and visited one of my favorite websites, Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep, a cosmetic safety database.  According to their evaluation of this product,  it ranks 8 out of 10 on the scale of concerns (10 is highest concern).  The high score is driven by its fragrance and an ingredient called methylparaben.  Parabens are endocrine disruptors and methylparaben, in particular, has been linked to breast cancer.  The Chapstick also contains artificial colors and saccharin. 

Right, so he's not getting any Chapstick.  Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm scored quite well but he didn't like the peppermint taste, so I decided to make my own.  Here's how I did it.

Beeswax Lip Balm
Clean out a Burt's Bees Lip Balm tube, wash it thoroughly and set it out to air dry.  Grate 2 teaspoons of all natural pure beeswax (it typically comes in bar form, or as "pearls").  Melt it in a small Pyrex dish in the microwave.  Do this in 30 second increments and take it out as soon as it is melted - you don't want it to burn.  To the melted beeswax, add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of castor oil.  Mix thoroughly, allow to cool for a minute, then pour into the dry lip balm tube.  Place the tube in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.  (Note: you could easily add an all natural flavor extract (vanilla, lemon, etc) to create a unique taste.)

He loved the taste and texture, and I love the fact that it's really and truly safe for him.

I later decorated the tube with his name in script.  He loved that, too!

6 comments:

Ghada said...

awesome idea! I have friends and a mother-in-law in the bodycare business. Both are ethically minded, do their best to create paraben-free and/or organic products...but nothing angers me more than the companies that "hide" the name of the chemicals that they are using. Its become common practice to hide the word "praben" under other words that most of society is not yet aware of.
Good find on the label, I'll have to look out for that. I'm a lipbalm fiend :)

lululu said...

wow, i've never thought about making lip balm by myself! you are really good! and look at how easy it is, it's unbelievable.
btw, i'm glad that u've made the chicken pot pie. i'm sure your version tastes great too!

chubbydove said...

Thats crazy, thanks for sharing, i look at lip balm a little differently now

Julie said...

Awesome! I HATE chapstick... it makes my lips burn for days if I use it. I love aquaphor for my lips, but plan on trying your recipe b/c it looks awesome and probably tastes even better!

Walk in the Woods said...

I've been making my own lip balm for over 10 years now - and can't imagine using any of the commercial products. :)

L said...

I love the idea of this - would make a lovely present as part of a set!

L x

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