There’s this market in Fairfield, Ohio–Jungle Jim’s. They have everything in the world related to food. If you’ve ever had a unique type of food in another country, you will probably find it there. They have tapioca pearls for bubble tea, tons of spices that are prevalent in Hispanic meals, and sodas from all different countries. I found a health care section and discovered they sell all kinds of essential oils, shea butter, cocoa butter….you could spend a whole day in that place.
I’ve been interested in making my own lip balm, and I found several recipes online that call for the same ingredients: shea butter, sweet almond oil, beeswax, and peppermint oil. I’m not sure I purchased the right kind of beeswax, given that this one came in a bar and smelled very much like….wax. It is Ohio pure beeswax, though, so I like the fact that it is local. Usually the recipes call for the white beeswax pellets, or grated beeswax. I’ll be trying that next time. But this is the experiment I came up with:
1tsp sweet almond oil
1/2 tsp shea butter
1/2 tsp yellow beeswax (about 1/2 tsp….it was a small cube)
3 drops peppermint oil
I melted the first three ingredients in a microwave-safe measuring glass and then added the peppermint oil. After I poured it into an empty lip gloss pot, I let it harden in the refrigerator, but the end result was a bit too solid. I melted it again and added about 5-6 more drops of peppermint oil, 1/2 tsp more shea butter, and 10 more drops of sweet almond oil. The end result: a very pepperminty hard balm which I discovered is nice as lip balm or as a moisturizer for hands.