Written by Santi Sekula, 7th Grade
Part of our Icarus Apiaries microeconomy is a line of products that we make with our honey or beeswax. Classes have made beeswax candles, soap, salves of several types, and lip balm. In the past, classes have made stick lip balms but this year we decided to make lip balm tins.
Our lip balm is made with all natural ingredients and fragrances. Our lip balms are made with beeswax and calendula oil. All the oils used in our products have been infused by the Woodside Montessori Academy community and using plants grown by us.
The process of making the lip balms involves an intricate process of testing consistency to make sure the mixture is perfect. The lip balm is made with a double boiler slowly melting down the wax into the oils. You test to see if the mixture is ready by taking a tablespoon of the mixture and placing into the freezer to make sure the mixture is the right consistency for pouring.
Once the hot mixture is ready, the fragrance is added to make the desired smell. After that, it is poured into containers to cool and harden. When mixture has hardened, the caps are placed on the containers and the containers are labeled/ We chose to label the lip balms with a corresponding color to match the scent, so it is easy to see what fragrance it is quickly. To me, the lip balms were very fun to make.
The lip balms will be sold at the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts Annual Conference in Franklin, MA in January along with our other products. For the last several years the class has had a vendor table at the conference, preparing everything to market and sell at our booth. This year we will have three types of lip balm to sell: strawberry, citris, and unscented. Our lip balms will also be sold in bags that have variety of other products included, they make great gifts!