I did something decidedly un-thrifty the other day. I washed my jeans--with my one and only lip balm tube in the pocket. When I found it in the dryer, it was completely empty. I assume it liquified and got washed away. Meanwhile, Michigan winters don't lend well to not having something to moisturize one's lips. I am very picky about what sorts of products I use on my body, since staying away from toxins is part of my long-term thriftiness, so I doubt I'd be able to pop into the very limited store selections here in Webberville and find something suitable, and with gas prices around $3.50 a gallon, making a special trip to another town for lip balm is hardly an acceptable option either. So what is a penny-wise gal like myself supposed to do? Why, make my own, of course!
I couldn't believe how easy it was to do this! I simply melted 3 tbsp grated beeswax and 5 tsp of a carrier oil (I used olive oil, because that's what I had on hand) together over very, very low heat. Technically, I should have used a double-boiler, but I don't have one and didn't want to bother, so I was just very careful about my very, very low heat. Then, I removed it from heat and I added a few drops of vanilla extract (6-7 drops of essential oil or vitamin E oil would have also worked, but I wanted to try the vanilla. Next time, I think I'll use the E, so it will be extra moisturizing) and a teaspoon of honey. I mixed it up really well, poured it into the empty tube from my incident the other day and another container for the overflow, and let it cool. That's it! Easy peasy and it used things I happened to have on hand, so I didn't have to go buy anything! Yay!