Recently returned to Craftster after a looooong hiatus so I apologize in advance for being a newb and likely not looking hard enough for an answer to my question.
Am using a basic lip balm recipe of 1 pt beeswax, 2 pts cocoa butter, and 1 pt apricot kernal oil which works just fine for filling balm tubes. Am wanting to add some honey into the mix (for humectant purposes and to soften the base up just a smidgen) and I know it can't be added while the base is piping hot as it separates. Tried letting the base cool a bit and though the honey seemed to mix in just fine I was left scooping the semi-soft product out and very quickly pasting it into a slider tin like I was spreading cheese on a cracker. Now, that can't be right, can it?
To note this was a small test batch containing 2 tsp beeswax, 4 tsp cocoa butter, 2 tsp oil, and about 1.5 tsp processed honey. The final consistency was right on target; not as hard as my usual balm, not soft enough to be a butter. The issue is when and how to mix the honey so I can get the stuff out of the pot and into the tin or tube. Any tips or tricks would be GREATLY appreciated! (Oh, and FYI, I am at what is considered high altitude which definitely seems to make a difference with cooking everything.)