Fifteen-year-old Ana Stavast from Smithers has started making and selling lip balm. It is being sold in Burns Lake at P&B Feeds. Stavast and her mom started some beehives a couple of years ago to help with the bee population and she wanted to do something with the waste.
“The way you extract the honey, you have to take off the cappings and there isn’t really any use for them except to make candles and cosmetic things,” explained Stavast.
“From the cappings, you have to process it so it becomes pure wax. You soak it for three days to dissolve most of the honey and then you melt it and strain it a couple of times to get all the grass and pollen out of it. I strain it through a t-shirt so it is super fine and nothing gets through. Then my mom uses a knife to shave it off and that is what goes into it [the lip balm.]” The idea to create lip balm came from a demonstration she had to make for the local 4H club.