Balms and bees

A few weeks ago, I decided to make my own lip balm and body butter. I have no idea what brought this on, but i needed to make a lip balm with no additives, so i can use it on my little girl. Her lips get a little flaky sometimes. I’ve also been looking for cubes of beeswax to use for my sewing threads. It makes the thread incredibly strong. I had never really thought about beeswax before that.

Honey bees secrete the wax from tiny glands inside their body, with which the honey comb is built for the baby bees. It is estimated that bees collectively fly 150,000 miles, roughly six times around the earth, to yield one pound of beeswax (530,000 km/kg). Wow..!

Beeswax is an amazing product, and we happily steal it from the poor bees after all the work they put in. A honey comb contains honey, royal jelly (which the baby bees feed on) and beeswax. You can read up about these on Wikipedia if you are interested.

It was incredibly easy to make a lipbalm. I had bought some cocoa butter from ebay, as well as the beeswax. Beeswax is incredibly cheap for all the amazing properties it has.  I got a recipe for the lipbalm from a blog called “Crunchy betty”. I ended up making my own version with beetroot powder, grape seed oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil infused with green tea and rose petals..It took all of 10 minutes mainly because beeswax takes time to melt. Once all oils are melted you can add any essential oils, color etc and pour it into a tin. It sets in half hour. I love it. Its amazing on the lips – moisturizes and preps it for further make up if needed.cocoa lip balm

beetroot lipbalm

Beetroot powder didnt add any color. The color you see is from some MAC lipstick i had. The one above this picture has cocoa powder in it. So its nice and chocolaty.

Honey bees, according to the Discovery channel, are fast dying out around the world due to excessive pesticides being used on plants. Honey bees are responsible for 70% of the the pollination on our planet. Without them there would no fruits and vegetables. There would be no livestock fodder. At the rate at which colonies of honey bees are dying, by the year 2035, there would be NO honey bees. That i guess would mean the end of the human species.

We don’t really care about our eco-system because we are ignorant of how it affects us. We need the system to live, but due to excessive population of the human species, we are not able to maintain a balance. We are more concerned about deliverance from imaginary problems, than try and understand nature.

So very ironically, the end of the human race would be because of over population.

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

Brainy Quote


  1. yooohoooo says:

    really really cool… the lip balm looks delicious… 🙂 I wanted to make a body bar like lush , never got around to it.. but ive made a body scrub before.. that was awesome.. also gave them as a gift.. very dark brown sugar (muscovado) + drenched in peanut oil + some coconut oil + vanilla stick chopped up .. smells like vanilla and coconut… Ive not seen muscovado sugar in India though… its used for making desserts… it is much finer than regular sugar… maybe sugar with really fine granules will be a good substitute..


    • merlatma says:

      wow….your recipe sounds awesome…i made body butter and deodorant powder as well. The process of emulsifying is soo cool…try it with a and blender. The deo powder came out very similar to the lush one i used to buy..but cost me only 20 bucks..:D…


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