There’s snow on the ground and temperatures are dropping – it’s winter in Minnesota! This dry, cold winter air leads to dry skin and chapped lips. Cure those chapped lips by making your own agriculture based lip balm! This activity allows you to create enough lip balm, using soybean oil and beeswax, for about 30 people. The end product can be used as a springboard to discover the thousands of products we use every day that have connections to plants and animals raised on Minnesota farms.
Soybean Lip Balm
- ¼ cup soybean oil
- 35 grams beeswax
- 5 grams beeswax
- 3 Drops of scented oil (vanilla, mint, cinnamon, etc.)
- Small paper cups
- Stove top (or another type of heat sources)
- Small saucepan
- Wrap the beeswax in a towel.
- Use a hammer to mash the beeswax inside the towel into pieces the size of a nickel. Do not allow pieces of beeswax to get too small because then they will stick to the towel.
- Place the beeswax pieces in a small saucepan and heat on low-medium heat. Stir until all beeswax is melted.
- Add soybean oil to the melted beeswax.
- Remove from heat and add the scented oil.
- Pour a small amount (1-3 Tablespoons) into the bottom of approximately 30 small cups.
- Let solution sit until it hardens to a soft solid.
- Use tip of finger to transfer the lip balm from cup to lips!
- What crop is soybean oil produced from?
- What are other products you use or eat that contain soybeans? Look at labels of food products and ingredients in shampoos, lotions, etc.
- How is beeswax made?
- What role do bees play in agriculture?
- Investigate and research how many items in your local grocery store contain soy products.
- Invite a local soybean producer to visit your classroom and share information about growing and raising crops for food and additional uses.
- Invite a local beekeeper to visit your classroom and share information about the importance of bees to pollination and food production.
- Plant soybean seeds in soil and make observations as they grow.
- MN Ag in the Classroom has many related resources including:
- The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council has information, stories by soybean growers, and examples of soybean products and their value in our lives at www.therealstorymn.com and www.mnsoybean.org
For further information about the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom program visit www.mda.state.mn.us/maitc or contact Al Withers, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Knott, Education Specialist at email@example.com.