Making lip balm
I've had the itch to start making some of our own bath and body products lately, just for fun. When Walgreens stopped carrying our favorite store-brand beeswax lip balm, I finally felt justified in purchasing the ingredients: we'd been paying about $1.50 per tube, and name-brand is so much more expensive. I found the ingredients and the tubes on Amazon.
My family came to visit last week, and we tried this recipe. It was easy to make. Filling the tubes was a little trickier. We used a medicine syringe used to give liquid medicines to babies, and that worked really well, We did have to reheat the mixture a few times because it kept getting clogged.
I was nervous when I tried it the first time: what if it was soft as shortening or hard as a crayon? But it was just right. Bonus: my kids like it too.
This week when I was taking some laundry out of the dryer, I noticed an empty lip balm tube in the bottom of it. Oh, that's where Tiger Lily's went. She had been asking after it all week. We've found a few grease spots on our clothes, but it could have been much worse.