Soy/Beeswax Lip Balm
|Makes enough for about 1/4 ounce for each
of four students.
- 1 cups soybean oil
- 1⁄4 tsp. almond extract, vanilla extract or other flavoring
- 1⁄4 cup beeswax flakes or pellets (or cut into small pieces
from a beeswax block)
- small containers (about 1/4 ounce) with screw-on lids
- Place beeswax in a plastic bag and smash it into small pieces
with a hammer.
- Melt beeswax over low heat.
- Add oil and flavoring.
- Pour into small container with screw-on
lid. Cover tightly.
Beeswax can be purchased from craft stores, in the candle-making
section. Local beekeepers may also have beeswax to sell. Small
plastic containers, normally used for storing paints, are also available
at craft stores.
Beeswax comes out in white flakes from glands under the
bee's abdomen. The wax is white at first but gradually turns a golden
About 8 million pounds of beeswax is used in the US each
Beeswax is used to make candles, lipstick, lotions, shoe
polish, crayons, chewing gum and floor wax.
In the past, sculptors used bleached bee's wax to hide
mistakes in their sculptures. The best sculptors were proud to say
their statues were "sine cera," or without wax. That is where we
get the word "sincere."
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