Pine and Honey Moisturizing Lip Balm
This pine and honey moisturizing lip balm recipe is perfect for harsh winter weather when lips get particularly dry.
chopped pine needles
5 - 10
pine essential oil
bowl of ice water with several ice cubes
Place the chopped pine needles into a 1 cup mason jar.
Cover the pine needles with the olive oil.
Allow to infuse for 3 - 4 weeks at room temperature in a dark cabinet. Alternately, use one of the methods in my post Five Ways to Make an Herb Infused Oil to speed up the process.
Once the olive oil is infused with the pine, strain the needles from the oil.
Mix 3 tablespoons of the pine infused oil, the cocoa butter, the castor oil and the beeswax in a heat proof 1 cup mason jar, or a small metal bowl.
Line the bottom of a pan with canning rings and fill with about 2" of water. Place on low heat and place the mason jar or metal bowl on top of the canning rings to form a simple double boiler.
Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the beeswax has melted.
Carefully remove the jar from the pan and allow to cool for a minute.
Add essential oils and raw honey, stirring thoroughly.
Place the canning jar or metal bowl into a larger bowl which contains cold water and ice.
Mix constantly while the lip gloss cools until it is thickened. This cooling and mixing is the secret to the honey not separating in your lip balm.
Spoon the oil mixture into cosmetic jars or tins with lids. Be sure the mixture is thoroughly cool before placing the lid on the jar.
This recipe is meant to be placed in small cosmetic jars or tins, rather than lip balm tubes. It is a softer balm and would not work in the tubes.