DIY Fancy Lip Balm or Wood Butter

Before

I found this amazing recipe for Wood Butter by Creative Culinary & Bon Appetit Hon made from pure beeswax and mineral oil.  I’ve added Walnut butter to the recipe which allows a natural sheen to cover scratches.  (Update!  I did add walnut butter, but it just sank to the bottom.)  A bit leery, I made sure this recipe was food safe and yes wood butter is okay.  It’s also safe on humans and you can just as easily use this as a lip balm (think Burt’s Bee’s lip balm, it is decadence for your lips!)   This recipe produces so much, it would be a great idea for a wedding favor.  I don’t like to just post these crafts, I like to make sure that they actually work or deliver the benefits described.  

Pucker up for some homemade lip balm

I made the butter and am in heaven.  There is a gentle smell of honey that is wafting through my house which has now dissipated, but I can wave the jar under my nose and that subtle smell of sweetness rises.  I can’t help myself and brush my finger across the wax and smooth some on my lips.  It smells like a warm summer day, absolutely divine!  My spoons love me for it, my lips are in heaven and I’ve gone a bit crazy and treated my wooden cutting boards, rolling pins, and even a water stained & untreated Ikea kitchen island. 


This wood butter works on untreated wood.  You cannot use it on anything that was shellacked because the wax will not penetrate into the wood.  I did try adding walnuts to the recipe for additional sheen, but the walnuts settled at the bottom, so I would not recommend.  If you just want to make lip balm you can add some essential oil to complement the honey smell.  I would choose Rosemary essential oil.

This produces a LOT of ‘wood butter’ or ‘lip balm’ so you definitely want to have the extra small jars so that you can give them away as presents.  If I could go back, I would have made this for my wedding as favors.  It is incredibly easy to do, the packaging is relatively cheap, and labels would be fairly easy and cheap to do as well.

Hands On Time: 10 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Yield:  Approximately 2 16 oz jars
 Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pure beeswax
    • I had a difficult time finding prepackaged beeswax in 1/2 lb or 8oz packages otherwise I would have suggested these items below. 
    • Look for this product at your local farmer’s market.  If you can’t find it, talk to one of the vendors who sell honey or beeswax honey for additional resources.
    • You can purchase beeswax at local craft stores (usually a solid block)
    • Chopped up Beeswax Pellets Yellow 1-LB on Amazon 
    • Solid block of Organic Beeswax Block Yellow 1 Lb on Amazon
      All the Ingredients
  • 32 ounces (2 bottles) of mineral oil
    • Drug store as a lubricant laxative (I know :\, but it’s cheap $1.50)
    • Purchase at hardware store, (Ace, Home Depot, Lowe’s)  (approx $9-10 
  • Jars for filling
    • Ball Quilted Jelly Canning Jar 4 Oz., Case of 12 on Amazon 
      • You can buy these at any grocery store too, I thought the quilted jars were pretty.
      • I did not like placing the wax in a large jar either, I’m afraid when I get low that it will be hard to get to the wax.
    • Reuse tins for the lip balm like Altoid tins or you can buy them on Amazon (but please try to recyle and reuse first!)

Directions:
1.  Break up or fill a 2 quart glass measuring cup or a 1 quart glass jar with 8 oz of beeswax and set aside.
2.  Fill a large saucepan with water.
*   I added an old metal vegetable strainer that the middle was lost long ago.  I am always breaking glass when it comes to heat and I didn’t want the glass to touch the saucepan directly. 
*   I found that the water should cover at least the bottom 2-3 inches of the jar.
Large pot with old veggie steamer
3.  Gently place the jar into the water and then turn the heat to high. 
*  Do not place a COLD jar into BOILING water because the glass will break.
*  This will take approximately 35-40 minutes before all the wax is melted.  No need to stir unless you want to.  I used a metal skewer and chopstick holder to keep wax from getting all over my counter.   
4.  Take the cap off and place the container(s) of mineral oil inside another medium saucepan filled with water and heat to low.The mineral oil just needs to be warmed to mix with the beeswax; no need for a rolling boil.
*  WAIT until the wax is mostly melted before doing this.  Also, direct heat on a plastic bottle will make the bottom warp a little bit so be prepared for the mineral oil to lean against the side of the saucepan. 
*  A friend asked me if she could use other types of oil like Walnut oil or those types. I think it would work, but I haven’t tried it. As long as it is food grade (Walnut, Olive, etc) it should be safe & all good. Let me know if you try something else! 
5.  Once all the wax has melted, turn off the stove and carefully add the warmed mineral oil to the beeswax;stirring with a spoon to combine.
*  I used a metal skewer because it was easier to clean and I wasn’t worried about getting all the wax off my regular dinner spoons.
6.  Using a towel around the handle of the measuring cup or using an oven pad, carefully pour the liquid into each jar fit with the canning funnel;filling them almost to the top.
*  This pours easily but take your time.  Also, refer to Clean Up steps below.
7.  Finish filling all jars and wait for to cool and firm up before using.
After
Application of Wood Butter:
You can spread this onto the item using your fingers (no gloves needed!) or a cheese cloth.  If you are going to be doing something on your iPad right after, I suggest you use gloves. 

Clean Up
I did NOT want any wax in my sink or drains.  I put the jar/measuring cup I used to mix the wax and mineral oil back into the pot of water and slowly heated the water up again.  When the wax was liquid I poured it into some tin foil and then quickly wiped my jar/measuring cup to remove any remaining wax. 

Contest
I have a few extra tins of wood butter that I’d like to give away.  We’ll try something easy … the first five people who LIKE my Facebook page Rockstew on this posting OR if you already Like my page, post a comment with something interesting or good, I will mail you a tin of wood butter.  For real using actual USPS mail.  Let’s see what happens! 

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8 Comments
  1. I’ve been wanting to do this since forever but have been procrastinating on it because I didnt find a good enough recipe! Thanks for the ping and I’m glad that your instructions are so thorough. 😀

    • Thanks Ramona! Glad you enjoyed :)

  2. Love this and I just happen to have all the ingredients in my cabinet. Trying it this weekend, thank you for sharing!

  3. Love this and I just happen to have all the ingredients in my cabinet. Trying it this weekend, thank you for sharing!

  4. This looks so easy, I will try making it. Thanks for the idea.

  5. This looks so easy, I will try making it. Thanks for the idea.

  6. I can't believe you don't have any comments on this. I am excited to get my lip balm….I am also planning on making a batch. I have several wood items that would enjoy it as much as I. Thanks Heather!! Great Blog!

  7. I can't believe you don't have any comments on this. I am excited to get my lip balm….I am also planning on making a batch. I have several wood items that would enjoy it as much as I. Thanks Heather!! Great Blog!

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