Finn McSpool Gives New Meaning to Bee Sting Lips

Last week we left our intrepid Beastie, Finn McSpool, in the midst of a messy kitchen with something that resembled a wheel of cheese.

Of course my loyal readers won’t be fooled into trying to slice that hunk of pseudo-cheddar to add to their platter of Christmas nibbles – well, maybe you would since I know there’s probably more than one practical joker out there – because you know that’s actually rendered beeswax just waiting to be put to good use.

Those good uses for beeswax include all sorts of things including furniture wax, hand salve, and candles. Unfortunately, I proved a couple years ago that I have absolutely no talent for candle making – having the patience to get that wick to stay straight is just not in my skill set.

Of all the experiments I’ve tried, my favorite use for the wax I’ve stolen from my bees is lip balm. All hail the lip balm!!

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a complete lip balm addict, but I hate the stuff in stores…even the “natural” ones because they toss in all kinds of weird additives. Sure there’s nasty stuff like toluene (the equivalent of lighter fluid), but also menthol which (being an alcohol) only makes your lips feel drier so you have to keep re-applying to maintain any feeling of moisture on your lips. Oh, you clever lip balm manufacturers!

So I was thrilled when I found out I could make my own lip balm from my own wax from my own hive that gets treated with no chemicals. I do have to put it in plastic tubes which offsets some of the “good,” but now that I used up all the tubes from my last order I’ll be searching for a recycled plastic or other eco-friendly option when I buy my next batch of tubes.

Finn, actually being helpful for once, started lining up a few tubes for me to fill.

Now it was time for me to put together my secret formula that only me and a certain stripey Beastie know. Okay, maybe not so much “secret,” more like “I can’t remember what the exact ingredient proportions are.”

The batch I made last year turned out perfect…of course I failed to write down the proportions of oil to wax I used, so this time around it was back to the proverbial drawing board. Since pure beeswax won’t spread across your lips, you add oil to soften the wax…the oil also gives your lips little treat. I mainly use olive oil and coconut oil, but also add a dash of argan oil and apricot oil to add a touch of lip luxury to the mix.

Unlike the rendering process during which I toss the wax into hot water to melt it down, this future-lip-balm wax is melted on its own over a double boiler. Okay, I don’t really have a double boiler. In my kitchen “double boiler” means an old metal cup heated in an old saucepan of water, but you get the idea.

Once  everything is melted, there’s the painstaking process of getting the wax into the tubes… using an eye dropper. Yep. Dropper-full by dropper-full. And the dropper occasionally gets clogged as wax hardens up toward the top. Talk about tedious. After a few tubes, Finn got bored and went to take a nap.

After squeezing that eye dropper somewhere around a billion times (that’s what it felt like anyway), I’d finally filled about 25 tubes.

Oh, look who’s back to “help.”

The problem…too much wax so the stuff wouldn’t glide over my lips. Sigh. I melted everything back down and tried again. This time it was too oily, which not only feels disgusting but also means the balm would turn to mush on even s moderately warm day.

So, for the third time I removed all the stuff from the tubes, melted it, and went through the painstaking process with the eye dropper. And as they say, the third time’s a charm. The lip balms is now soothing, non-gooey, and smells lovely!

With all the additions I made trying to get the recipe to that Goldilocks point, i ended up with over 40 tubes o flip soothing goodness…that should last me a couple weeks, don’t you think?

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If you’re curious about making beeswax lip balm at home, the basic/approximate recipe I ended up using is something like 1.5 parts wax to 1 part oil, with that 1 part oil being about 25% liquid oil (olive) and 75% solid oil (organic coconut oil in my case). Then add a small amount of whatever “additives” you like: argan oil, vitamin E oil, apricot seed oil

The tubes I used are these from Natural Cosmetics: 50 Lip Balm Empty Container Tubes 3/16 Oz (5.5ml), Natural (Translucent) Color

16 thoughts on “Finn McSpool Gives New Meaning to Bee Sting Lips

  1. That was a lot of work, but worth it. Anybody would be lucky to get one of those in their stocking. I wonder if the beeswax might be a little different year to year.

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    1. Stocking?! It’s mine! All mine! Yes, it was a lot of popping wax out of tubes and remelting it, but the final result is excellent. The wax could vary each year, maybe depending on what the bees have been nibbling or the weather conditions. Be interesting to have it analyzed.

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  2. That. Is. Awesome!!! I bet it’s soooo nice. I’ve been liberally applying some store-bought junk for the past three weeks and my lips are still bleedingly chapped. Curses! Lol’ed at Finn taking a nap. That’d be me!

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    1. I hope I never have to go back to the store-bought stuff; it does absolutely nothing. Given that I still have 14 ounces of wax left and it only took about 2 ounces to make 40 tubes, I should be okay for a little while. It’s probably for the best that Finn went off for his nap…I can’t imagine getting wax out of his wooly limbs!

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      1. Hahaha 40 tubes… I’ve had some of my tubes of chapstick for probably 5 years (is that gross? do they go bad?) so 40 would last me many lifetimes. Any other plans for those 14 ounces???

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      2. Five years? You might have a colony of new species (scientific name Weekesia chapstickus) growing on it but otherwise it should be fine. The other 14 ounces I’ll probably save for more lip balm since some will be given away as gifts. I’m tempted to look into natural colorants so I can perhaps make some lipstick.

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      3. OOoooohhhh lipstick! I was wondering if that might be possible. I currently have to do a layer of Weekesia chapstickus on the bottom and then a layer of dry and cake-y lipstick on top… would be nifty if they were combined!

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  3. Ooooooh looky! As a fellow lip balm enthusiast (who is also always on the lookout for the perfect goo to slather on my face) I’m a little jealous of your magnificent stash! And WOW, that’s devotion to the cause of finding the perfect consistency. I salute you… I think I would have joined Finn for a nap after the first pouring 😆 I’m sure your efforts have earned you a whole winter of chap-free luscious lips… Enjoy 😀

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    1. The need to reduce the word count on this post does conceal the fact that the refinement process was done over a couple weeks. After each batch I kept telling myself, “It’s fine, you can live with it.” I couldn’t live with it. However, we had some severely dry days here last week and my lips didn’t suffer one bit, so I guess that makes all that dropper squeezing worth the effort.

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      1. That counts as success in my book! You’ve succeeded where all those big lip balm manufacturers so often fail… Although in fairness, they’re probably more interested in getting us to use waaaaay too much of the stuff so we’ll have to buy more!

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    1. Thanks! My motivation to do it came just in the nick of time…I used up my last tube from the last batch the day I got the recipe right. It was like thriller-novel-plot meets beauty-products! 😂😂😂

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