Tracie had a few ideas for Valentine's Day gifts to make with her daughters, Eloise and Josephine. When this week's blizzard walloped their hometown, homemade lip balm was the perfect snow day project to make for loved ones too far away to kiss.
Borrowing a page from SouleMama, Tracie and the girls used the vanilla velvet honey lip balm recipe from Organic Body Care Recipes, with a few last minute changes. When supplies arrived from Liberty Natural Products the girls found that their vanilla essential oil crystallized in the cold, so they subbed lemon oil that they had on hand.
Tracie reports that it was an easy and fun project with delicious results, and says that any essential oil that pairs well with honey could be used instead of vanilla. Next time she will use half ounce tins instead of the quarter ounce tins called for in the recipe. She also suggests having syringes on hand to measure ingredients and keep easily-distracted toddlers occupied.
Thanks to Tracie, Eloise and Josephine. Valentine's smooches to you all!
Vanilla Velvet Honey Lip Balm from Organic Body Care Recipes
This rich and soothing balm can be used year-round. It doubles as a mild anti-bacterial ointment when applied to cuts and scrapes and helps prevent scarring.
Recommended For: Everyone, especially children (flavor and texture are like vanilla honey fudge)
Use: As desired
Prep time: approximately 30 minutes, plus 2 hours for flavor and consistency to synergize and set
Blending Tools: small whisk or spoon
Store in: small plastic or glass jars or tins
Yield: approximately five ¼-ounce containers or 2 ½ tablespoons
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon soybean or almond base oil
1 ½ teaspoons beeswax
5 drops vanilla essential oil
In a small saucepan over low heat or in a double broiler, warm oil, honey, and beeswax, until the wax is just melted.
Remove from heat, add the essential oil, and stir to blend. Set the pan in a shallow ice-water bath. Using a whisk or spoon, stir rapidly for 30 to 60 seconds until the honey is incorporated and the formula is like thick peanut butter. It will be a pale yellow-brown color.
Spoon the mixture into storage containers and cap. Let the mixture set for 2 hours before use.
No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and taste, please use within 1 year.
(Images: Tracie E.)