If you live in South Africa, like I do, or you have visited recently, you will know just how dry the climate is at the moment. My skin takes such a beating and I am constantly on the look out for products to help keep my skin, lips and hair hydrated.
I have been doing a lot of research over the last few months into how to make my own body products. As I’ve already mentioned, this comes from a desperate need to keep my body hydrated in a very dry climate, and because I want to know exactly what ingredients I am using on my body.
This is a simple lip balm recipe which is super quick and easy to make, and is great for a beginner homemade-body-product-maker like me (wow what a mouth full!).
Let’s chat about the honey:
The raw organic honey that I used in this recipe was given to me by my sister who visited a bee farm, called Apiarista Bee Farm (located in Port Elizabeth), with the Timeless Voyagers – Dan and Jordan. Follow the below link to the Timeless Voyagers’ blog post and read all about their incredible experience at this farm where they learnt all about sustainable bee farming. During their tour of this working bee farm they got to suit up in honey-collecting protective gear, were shown just what it takes for bees to produce their treasured honey and these honey-seeking voyagers were also able to harvest their own honey as part of the tour. I was fortunate enough to get a small tub of this delicious honey from them after their visit to Apiarista Bee Farm and, while a good amount of it did end up on toast, I have also been using it as a special ingredient in my homemade lip balm recipe.
Here are the ingredients that I used to make my lip balm:
- ½ a cup of grated Beeswax
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 tsp Raw Organic Honey (from Apiarista Bee Farm)
- Double boiler
- Small containers (30-35ml)
Honey has healing properties and acts as antibacterial agent and this is why it is a wonderful addition to most body products (it also smells great!). Coconut oil is an effective moisturising ingredient and the combination of the smell of honey and coconut is to die for. Every time I use this combination I am immediately transported to a beach destination. I’ve added the Almond Oil as an extra moisturising power in my recipe and lastly, the beeswax holds everything together so that it sets.
This is how I made the lip balm in 6 easy steps:
- Melt the beeswax (I used a double boiler)
- Add the coconut oil and melt
- Add the tsp of raw honey
- Take off the heat
- Add the almond oil
- Pour into small pocket size containers and let set
It takes me less than an hour to make this awesome lip balm and I’m so excited at how well it turned out. This lip balm keeps my lips moisturised for hours, plus it tastes great!
I have also recently been asked to make a batch of this recipe for a friend to use on wounds! The combination of honey and coconut oil make this product perfect to use for healing wounds – who knew!
It turns out honey is not just great on toast!