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Offline Ben Framed

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Has anyone here thought of making lip balm from your left over beeswax?

Offline rgennaro

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I have not but I have a friend who makes it. He?s not a beek ... I think he gets the wax from local guys. It?s a hobby not a commercial enterprise... holiday presents kind of stuff

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It's something I'd like to try in the future.  I don't know anything about actually doing it, but I always get beeswax lip balms when I go to bee supply places or apiaries.  They are so much better than normal chapsticks.   
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Phil, natural beeswax is kinda of hard so your going to have to mix with an ingredient that will blend and smooth.  Because of the unique nature of wax [ many carbon atoms and ONLY one functional group] there are FEW substances that will mix with wax.  Try coconut oil, coconut butter, or ghee butter, all digestible.  You might try to add pure lanolin although lanolin is not digestible,  You will have to heat the bees wax and stir with above suggestions as it cools to prevent separation to create a cream/waxy creation.  Note:  pure lanolin is thicker than crisco, much thicker than vasoline, lanolin is a very thick substance.

Try small batches at a time.  Once you find what softens bees wax then you can add flavor such as spearmint oil.  Good luck.
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Chapstick ingredients:   propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, menthol, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, Propylparaben, red 6 lake, saccharin, white wax.
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Here are the ingredients of the beeswax lip balms I have, so you can see the similarities and differences in various recipes. 

Fred's Formulas' "Not Just Lip Balm": Comfrey, Calendula, St. John's Wort, Chickweed, Plantain, Olive Oil, Beeswax, Vit. E, and essential oils.  This lip balm is very soft and tastes like plants (in a good way).  It's great in the summer, but not really protective enough for the winter season.   

Bee Well's All Natural Beeswax Lip Balm (Blue raspberry flavor): Organic soybean oil, Sunflower oil, Palm oil, Organic olive oil, Avacado oil, Beeswax, Cocoa butter, Shea butter, Vitamin E, Blue raspberry flavor.  This one is the closest to a normal Chapstick in texture. 

Savannah Bee's Tupelo Honey Beeswax & Propolis Lip Balm: Organic Beeswax, Organic coconut oil, Organic shea butter, Organic extra virgin olive oil, Organic cocoa seed butter, Propolis extract, Natural flavors, Organic sweet almond oil, Organic apricot kernel oil, Organic grape seed oil, Organic hemp seed oil, Organic honey extract, Royal jelly extract.  This lip balm is grainy and tastes like a hive smells.  Also, don't ask me what's up with the honey and beeswax being organic, but the propolis and royal jelly not being organic. 

Wehrloom Essentials' Simply Lip Balm: Beeswax, Organic shea butter, Organic coconut oil, Almond oil, Vitamin E.  This one is the hardest of the lip balms I have, and it's very waxy.  Great for really chapped lips in the winter.       
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I bought a lip balm kit for my wife but we have never had the time to make it. Maybe one day soon.
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Mr Van & Member,  once again I thank each of you for your valuable input. It seems that this project will be a cold winters day project made for a day when snow is deep and time is plentiful. lol ;-)  The information of ingredients provided from each of you are a leg up to the saddle for me. I have some shopping to do!! Also,  thanks Jim and rgennaro for your replies also.
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Phillip

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We market a lip balm at the Farmer markets we do, has a real following.
Bees wax, olive oil, coconut oil, a little jojoba and some Vit E. That's all and the coconut oil gives the balm a coconut flavour.
The lip balm is in a tube like lip stick and sell for $3.

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We market a lip balm at the Farmer markets we do, has a real following.
Bees wax, olive oil, coconut oil, a little jojoba and some Vit E. That's all and the coconut oil gives the balm a coconut flavour.
The lip balm is in a tube like lip stick and sell for $3.

Thanks Oldbeavo, always good hearing from you sir.
Phillip

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Just came across this Phil, doesn?t look too hard, think I?m going to give it a go.

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Just came across this Phil, doesn?t look too hard, think I?m going to give it a go.


Thank you Skeggley, I like this. I especially like the clear wrapper. Looks like a real winner!!
Thank you for posting!
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Thanks for posting that. He makes it look easy.
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