Where I demonstrate the making of a soothing balm for the lips and make a spectacle of myself with an egg.
This video was created as part of a course module for the College of the Melissae, the Centre for Sacred Beekeeping. If you are interested in learning more about Sacred Beekeeping, or even just beekeeping in general, please visit the College's website: http://www.collegeofthemelissae.com/
Lip Balm Recipe (makes 2 to 3 small lip balms)
1 Tablespoon beeswax
1 Tablespoon cocoa butter (if you do not have this, then you can use 2 Tablespoon of beeswax instead)
1 Tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil
1-2 drops of essential oil (examples: peppermint, cinnamon, sweet orange)
1 vitamin E gelatine capsule OR 1-2 drops benzoin essential oil
double boiler or a glass or metal 1 cup measuring cup and a small pot with 1 inch of water in the bottom
2-3 small containers for the finished product (you can use old lip balm tubes if you have them, or small glass jars are nice)
1. Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in the double boiler. If you are using the glass measuring cup set into the small pot with hot water, then heat water to simmering but try not to boil it as you do not want any getting into the measuring cup.
2. Add sweet almond oil
3. Remove from heat.
4. Add 1-2 drops of your essential oil, the benzoin if you are using that.
5. If you are using the vitamin E capsule instead of benzoin, then pierce the capsule with the pin and squeeze the oil out into the mixture.
6. Blend all well.
If at any time the mixture starts to solidify, return to the heat.
7. Pour the mixture into the available containers.
Let them cool for an hour or so and then you are done.
Really Fun Homemade Candles using Eggs
Please note that the video makes a bit of a mess of the process and I got things out of order. Please use these instructions here to ensure that you get the best results.
Beeswax - as much as you will need for the number of eggs you are using
Eggs - FRESH, not cooked at all in any way
A Needle - preferably a rather thick one - a darning needle would be a good size
a bowl of size enough to catch the egg innards
1. Gently but firmly pierce a hole at each end of the egg.
2. Stick the needle into the egg to break the yolk sac.
3. Put your lips over one of the holes and blow the egg white and yolk out of the hole on the other end.
4. Use your needle to poke around if it becomes troublesome.
5. Once most of the egg is cleared out of the shell, gently enlarge one of the holes to about 1 1/2 centimeters in diameter, or a little larger.
6. You can clean out the rest of the egg and rinse the shell in water. Pat dry.
7. Melt your beeswax.
8. Set the egg shell with the large hole facing up into an egg cup for support. Pour the beeswax into the eggshell and let it sit until it gets cloudy but is not completely solid.
9. Pop the birthday candle into the egg (down the centre of the hole) and hold it still if it is a little wobbly until the candle sets around it.
10. Let the candle cool completely. You can put it in the refrigerator if you like.
11. Once it is set, you can either leave it as is, or you can peel the egg and get a nice egg-shaped candle that you can then pop into an appropriate container (and egg cup of course!) and light.
Have fun! The egg candle project is a great way to amuse kids while you prepare holiday baking (at least that is when we always made them.)