Make Honey & Peppermint Lip Balm
I am doing a DIY lip balm post a year after I’d intended to. That has to be a record, right? Do I get a prize? No? Ok.
I made my first batch of DIY lip balm last year at this time. I was happy with the result (after revising the recipe three times during the cooking and testing process) and have kept it at my desk at work for the past year. I finally ran out a few months ago and am just now getting around to cooking up another batch.
I decided to revise the recipe again, though, because this time I’d planned to put the balm into tubes instead of little lip gloss pots. That meant that I had to ensure the mixture was solid enough to not get smushed in the lip balm tube, but I didn’t want to lose any of the sheen or softness by adding too much beeswax back in. So after a little experimenting in the kitchen, I settled on a recipe that I think turned out quite well. I also added in honey for this round. I love it combined with the peppermint.
Here’s what I used to make this balm!
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- 2 tbsp beeswax (fyi, 1 oz = 2 tbsp)
- 3.5 tbsp coconut oil
- 3/4 tbsp shea butter
- 1/4 tbsp honey (we like Y.S. Eco Bee Farms brand)
- ~15 drops peppermint oil (multiple sizes here)
- ~3 drops rosemary oil
- Disposable aluminum tin, pan, stove
- Lip balm tubes, a tiny funnel (or look for a cheap glitter funnel in a craft store), toothpicks
- Paper towels and saran wrap (it’s a messy project!)
And here’s how I did it.
Step 1: First I heated up about an inch or two of water in my pan. While the water was heating, I put the disposable aluminum tin in the pan and dumped the beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and honey into the tin (not the pan!).
Step 2: I stirred the mixture in the tin until it melted completely, then I turned the heat down to low and added the peppermint and rosemary oils. The goal here is to keep the mixture warm, but not so hot that I couldn’t handle the tin. When it was safe to touch the tin, I pinched one of its corners to make a little spout.
Step 3: I laid a piece of saran wrap on my work space, then I grabbed my funnel and started pouring into the tubes! The tubes will fill up fast, but don’t worry—it’s fine if they overflow a bit. In fact, I prefer overflowing them because it gives the tip a nice smooth, rounded, professional-looking finish. Spillage is easy to clean up once it solidifies, which will happen quickly!
Step 4: As I was pouring, my funnel began to clog. When that happened, I just grabbed a toothpick, scooped out the wax, and dumped it right back into the aluminum tin to re-melt it. I did the same with any spillage.
Step 5: When I’d finished pouring and the liquid in the tubes had solidified but was still warm, I grabbed a paper towel and wiped off overflow from the sides of the tubes. This is easiest to do when the balm is still a bit warm. If the tubes were extra sticky, I put the caps on them and gave them a rinse with a bit of soap and water.
The saran wrap made clean up super easy since I could just ball it up and chuck it. Same with the aluminum tin. I actually had some leftover mixture, so I just wrapped it up and popped it in the fridge. I made a double batch and ran out of tubes, so I am saving my tin of wax to make some more as soon as the rest of the tubes arrive.
And there you have it! I had a leftover lip balm tub from last year, so I filled that as well. 🙂
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