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homemade lavender beeswax candle

I finally got around to making a beeswax candle. I had a big block of beeswax just sitting around, waiting for me to do something with it. I have gifting plans for this one, but the rest of the gift awaits me getting off of my lazy behind and finishing it. Baby steps.

Beeswax candles smell great, burn with less soot and smoke and have no chemicals. Turns out they are easy to make too, but next time I will enlist the dad and his giant Paul Bunyan paws to grate the huge 5 lb block of beeswax. I got a cramp in my hand.

DIY Beeswax Candle

Materials:

  • beeswax (enough to fill your container)
  • box grater
  • glass measuring bowl
  • essential oil of your choice
  • braided cotton wick and wick clip
  • container of choice to hold the candle

Directions:

Grate the beeswax and melt in 1 or 2 minute increments in the microwave, stopping and stirring occasionally.

While that is happening, pull a length of wick through the wick clip, crimp the clip to hold the wick in place, dip it in a little melted wax and secure it to the bottom of your container to hold it in place. I wrapped the other end of the wick around a pen and centred the pen on top of my tea cup to keep the wick straight as I poured the hot wax.

Once the wax has melted, add in an essential oil of your choice (supposedly 10-12 drops per every 5.5 ounces of wax). I used lavender oil for mine. Then carefully pour it into your container and let it cool. Clip the wick, leaving yourself about 1/2″ to work with.

You can also just add the grated beeswax to your container and melt it in the oven. See the tutorial for that method here.

Linked to Frugally Sustainable, A Pinch of Joy, Sorta Crunchy, Knick of Time Interiors, Homestead Simple, GNOWFGLINS

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homemade lip balm – or how to get rid of the red mustache your kid gets from licking her lips

As you can see from the picture, my small squeaky kid licks her lips constantly. So much so, that she has a permanent red chapped mustache above her lip. We try reminding her constantly to stop licking, but it doesn’t seem to help much.

Coconut oil rubbed onto the chapped skin above her lip works really well to heal it quickly, but I want something that she can carry with her to school. It’s quickly coming up on the warm time of year here, so the coconut oil probably won’t stay solid if left in a warm pocket or bookbag. I looked at a few recipes on line, then “farmered” something to use what I have on hand and to make a small amount (most of the recipes out there are for a bulk batch – and I didn’t really want that much).

Homemade Lip Balm

  • 1 tbsp grated beeswax
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a glass bowl in the microwave or using a double boiler. Add in the honey and essential oil, stirring constantly to ensure it is well mixed. Pour into containers and let sit until it has set.

I found 3 teeny little travel containers for $1 and this recipe divided perfectly into them. I still wouldn’t recommend leaving the containers out in the heat, but the beeswax helped harden the balm up nicely. The licky kid likes anything that smells like peppermint, so she is likely to apply it between licks.

This same recipe, if you leave out the peppermint oil, would be perfect for chapped baby cheeks in the winter time. I remember always slathering on some kind of store bought balm when the girls were babies – they constantly seemed to have chapped cheeks from the cold and the drooling.

Linking to Make it Yourself Monday, Frugally Sustainable, A Delightful Home

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