It’s fun to make your own lip balm from the garden. And if you keep bees, this is also a great way to use your beeswax. 

Reprinted with permission from Harvest, by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis, copyright © 2017, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2017 by David Fenton

Make this DIY lip balm with a few simple ingredients

Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis

It’s fun to make your own lip balm from the garden. And if you keep bees, this is also a great way to use your beeswax. 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons calamintha-infused olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax

MAKES 3 TO 5 TINS

Instructions

Place the calamintha olive oil and beeswax into a heatproof glass measuring cup with a pour spout. Fill a saucepan with a couple inches of water. Set the measuring cup into the saucepan and gently warm over medium-low heat until the oil and beeswax melt together. Stir occasionally to ensure that the beeswax melts completely. 

Carefully remove the measuring cup from the pan. Wipe off the water from the outside of the measuring cup so that no water gets into your lip balm while pouring it into its final containers. Pour the lip balm into containers (such as small tins), and secure the lids. Store in a cool place for up to 3 months. 

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