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Lip Balm: Behind The Scenes

Making the actual tubes of lip balm is not the most time consuming part of the process. There is much more to it than just melting, pouring, and capping each tube. I’ll start with how I get the wax in the first place, then I’ll walk through the rest of the process, ending with labeling and shipping them to you!

I hope you enjoy this inside look on our lip balm making process!

Our lip balm starts with rendering wax from our honeybee hives. I use an old crock pot with an inch or so of water in the bottom, some cheesecloth, and paper towel to do this. The cheesecloth and paper towel get draped over the crock pot and secured with a thin wire, then I set the crock pot to low, add some wax, and wait. It takes a few hours for it to melt down and strain, then another few hours to cool and separate from the water. Pictured below is a fresh disk of rendered beeswax.

Once the wax is cleaned it is ready to be made into lip balm. I have three different recipes that I use, but I’ll be focusing on the Hint of Orange variety for this post.

First thing’s first, I take my time to measure out the correct amount of oils. (I have learned the hard way that taking an extra moment to double check EVERYTHING never hurts… many wasted lip balm tubes later.) The Hint of Orange recipe is about 25% wax and 75% oil.

I have a small double boiler pot that is used specifically for this next step – combining and heating the wax and oils. Here is the melted down beeswax, coconut oil, Shea butter, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and sunflower oil. I then add some concentrated vitamin E oil and Young Living’s Orange essential oil.

This next step is the hardest… pouring the liquefied lip balm into each little tube. I use a syringe for this, but it still can make quite a mess. (Luckily, this time, I did pretty good with not spilling any!) I also use a rack to hold the tubes in place while I fill them, which was probably one of my best investments! Each batch is measured to make approximately 50 tubes. Once they’re filled it takes about 20 minutes for them to cool enough to start capping.

Next comes labeling.

Our lip balm labels are similar to our goat milk soap labels in that they also have a picture of one of our actual honeybees on them. (I’ll go into detail about how I do all that in a different post.)

I buy blank labels from amazon, print them using my at home inkjet printer, and hand stick each one. After that, the process is finished and they are ready to be shipped to you!

Our Hint of Orange Beeswax Lip Balm is now available again in our shop! Thanks for reading!