It's been raining cats and dogs in Seattle today so I thought I'd tackle a project I've been thinking on for a while... homemade lip balm! I am a HUGE fan of Burt's Bees lip balm; I've always got it in my pocket, bag, car...I'm basically addicted. So really, this project is about me spending less money on chappy. Don't be like me.
Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm
- 3tbs beeswax pearls
- 1/4c sunflower oil
- 2tbs coconut oil (cocoa butter could also be substituted)
- 8 drops (or 4 squeezed tabs) of vitamin E
- 12-15 drops peppermint essential oil
- Jar, double boiler or other heat-resistant cup
- Small saucepan
My preference for small-batch projects like this is to use the jar technique I explained in the hand salve recipe, but feel free to use a double boiler or any other technique you prefer.
Step 1-- Measure the beeswax, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E into jar and submerge jar into saucepan with 2 or 3 inches of water over medium heat
tep 2-- It will take the beeswax the longest to melt, but be patient!(something I'm not very good at)
Step 3-- Once all the oils have melted, remove the jar from the saucepan, making sure no water gets into the jar (oil & water and all). Set the jar on a towel and add the peppermint oil, stir to combine. Meanwhile, prep your containers by washing with hot soapy water and set them out on wax paper to protect your surface.
Step 4-- Pour the oil into your prepped containers using a spoon, funnel or eye dropper. The utensil you use will depend heavily on the type of container you are storing your chappy in. I chose small tin pots and used a small spatula to direct the oil in. (Granted, I still made a great big mess...)
Step 5-- Now you must wait! ...More patience, I know... I would recommend overnight just to be sure the oils are fully hardened.
Tips-- You may also add a few drops of rosemary oil as a preservative or bank on using it up quickly! You may also choose to include a small amount of lanolin or cocoa butter to achieve a richer texture. If at any point during the mixing and pouring stage, the oil starts to set up in the jar or if you have some epic spillage (like me...), you can put it back in the sauce pan or a few seconds in the microwave to re-melt.
Can't wait to get some of this on my smackers and take it for a test drive! As always I look forward to your feedback! Show off your version of this project on "the social media" with the hashtag #LipBalmBetaTest.