Rich Honey Hand Balm
Winter can be brutal on your hands. If you're suffering from dryness, painful cracks, and redness, this homemade honey hand balm will help.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time5 mins
Cooling time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Yield: 8 ounces
Combine everything except for the raw honey in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second increments for 2 minutes, until the oils and beeswax have completely melted. Alternatively, you can use a double boiler to create this mixture.
Let cool for about 10 minutes before whisking in the raw honey and 10-20 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Pour into a glass jar (I used a canning jar that could withstand quite a bit of heat. If you're using a more fragile jar, make sure to place it under hot running water for about 60 seconds so it doesn't shatter when you pour in your oils.)
Let cool to room temperature before testing. If you would like to adjust the texture, re-melt the balm and add either more beeswax or more oil until the desired texture is reached.
In response to some comments: Some people have had problems with the honey settling at the bottom. Although I didn't run into this issue, try letting the melted oils cool as much as possible (think lukewarm) before adding the honey. If you still see separation, you can always use an electric hand mixer to blend the oils with the honey once the balm has completely cooled, then spoon into your containers.
That being said, a little separation may still occur, even after cooling your oils and mixing your balm thoroughly. If you can, try to get a little of the honey at the bottom of the container with your fingers before applying the balm.