Quickly I realized that there were other luscious gifts the bees and I could make to show gratitude to my family for their supporting my new hobby of beekeeping. I started making hand cream my first year and last year, I began making lip balm.
Lip balm is super easy and makes a welcome gift for everyone on your list. I have tried many different recipes and I really like this one for how consistently it comes out and how well it protects my lips.
You will need:
6 Tbls. Grated Beeswax - it ends up being less than half an ounce grated or pelleted
10 Tbls. Carrier oil - I use grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower or any light flavored oil
2 tsp. Honey - I recommend using a light local honey
Glass jar and small pot
Eye dropper/ pipette
Here are my ingredients: honey, grape seed oil, and grated beeswax.
Once the wax is melted, add the honey and stir like a crazy. Leave the jar in the hot water until the honey is well mixed in. This can take a few moments if your honey is crystallized, but keep stirring. I just use my dropper to mix.
Once it cools, put the caps on and label it. I use regular white address labels and cut off the end that hangs over. You can personalized them easily. If you have translucent tubes, use clear labels.
Now for a GIVEAWAY of a Lip Balm Kit!
1 oz of bees wax, 6 lip balm tubes, 1 pipette and 4 oz honey bear
There are two ways to enter, you can comment on THIS post with at least one way that you are going to help honeybees this year (check the right column of my blog for ideas)
become a follower of this blog. Just put in the comments on THIS post that you became a follower.
Drawing will be by random number generator and closes February 28, 2011.