This takes a little more effort to make than some lip balms, but it's worth it.
To make this you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of sweet almond or rice bran oil
- 1 tablespoon liquid honey
- 1-2 teaspoons beeswax (see note below) - 1t for a softish consistency, 2t for a firmer balm
- 5 drops vanilla essential oil
- small pot or tin
Place the oil, honey and wax in the top of a double boiler. Gently warm over a low heat until the wax is completely melted.
Remove from the from heat. Add the vanilla essential oil and stir to combine.
Now beat the balm for 30-60 seconds. This is to prevent the honey from separating out as the mixture cools. Once the mixture begins to cool and thicken it can be transferred into a small pot. Leave it to set for a couple of hours then it's ready to use.
The balm will keep for up to 12 months. Makes approximately 40g.
A note on wax: Candelilla wax can be substituted for beeswax if preferred.