I can't emphasize enough how much I need chapstick around me. Constantly. I have them stashed all around the house, and whenever I fly on planes, I bring multiple versions to double and triple check to make sure I'm not stuck away from the precious stuff.
And you know what else? These make an easy holiday gift. We're talking 15 minutes from start to clean up. You can do this.
In a pot over medium heat fitted with a double boiler, melt a little bit of beeswax.
Then add some coconut oil.
Then add some (1-2 tsp) honey and stir (might I recommend a plastic utensil OR a junky spoon you'll only want to use for stuff with beeswax).
Edited 5/22/12: if you are having trouble with "lack of measurements", it is because I just eyeball it. The measurements depend on how many tubs you want to make, and how big the tubs are. Start with about 1/3 cup of beeswax (solid), 1/4 cup of coconut oil, and 1 tsp of honey.
Pour in to your containers of choice.
Let set for about 15 minutes, and then you're good to go!
If you want to "flavor" this, you have two options. You can add essential oils to the double boiler when everything is melted, or you can add a few drops of essential oil in to your container. If adding them in the containers, you'll want to stir with a toothpick right after you've incorporated the melted mixture.
For a harder chapstick, you'll want to go a bit heavy on the beeswax. For a softer chapstick, add more honey and a few drizzles of olive oil and/or almond oil and/or jojoba oil.
Labels: Homemade holidays