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The BEEginning Of Our Blog

Hey everyone!

So today we both had off of work and we were itching to do something with the beeswax we’ve accumulated so far. We were going to do candles but wimped out; we didn’t want to start too big. We ended up grabbing our Betterbee Lip Balm Kit, which you can order here .

We got twenty-five chapstick containers, 3.5 oz almond oil, a test tube rack, 1.25oz beeswax pastilles, three pipettes, and three oils- vanilla, strawberry, and mint. It also came with some packaging materials.

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Picture of our kit.
  • First we put the chapstick containers in the test tube holder. If I were to do this again I would only use four rows so I could have one for each flavor and one for flavorless.
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The three oils included. Bavarian cream is their fancy way of saying vanilla.
  • Next we combined ALL of the almond oil with ALL of the beeswax. We used a microwave safe container and microwaved it twenty seconds, stirred it, and repeated about three times. You’ll know when it’s ready. The pictures below show it before and after being microwaved.
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Before!
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After!
  • After that we used the pipettes and filled each container with the wax. Do the flavorless first so you don’t have to use the same pipette for two different flavors.   We had difficulty with the flavors because to mix them we had both less wax and a colder bowl. It’s approximately a third of a pipette of flavor for a third of the wax overall.

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Towards the end the wax was very hard and we had to make a few trips to the microwave.  (Don’t panic because you can remicrowave it) The wax will probably start getting stuck in the pipettes- just push it out and they’ll work well enough!

 

 

  • We found they started to look fine very quickly and so we started putting the covers on them and packaging them.  The kit gives a Natural Beeswax Lip Balm cover, as well as shrink wrap to package them!

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Overall this was a really simple and cute project! They supplied the beeswax so anyone can make this regardless of if they have their own hive. I could see my ten-year-old cousins LOVING this (and trying to sell the extras at school!) Stay tuned because next week we’re going to up the stakes and use some wax from our own hive!