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Make Honey & Peppermint Lip Balm

Make Honey & Peppermint Lip Balm

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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.

Make Honey and Peppermint Lip Balm

Here’s what I used to make this balm!

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And here’s how I did it.

(Don’t use any ingredients you’re allergic to, and always spot test new ingredients to make sure you don’t have a reaction to them. Do not use any homemade products without consulting with an appropriate medical professional first. Make sure you research fire safety and take all necessary precautions before working with beeswax. Call a professional for advice if needed. Read my full terms of use here.)

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.

Make Honey and Peppermint Lip Balm

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!

Make Honey and Peppermint Lip Balm

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.

Make Honey and Peppermint Lip Balm

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.

Make Honey and Peppermint Lip Balm

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.

Make Honey and Peppermint Lip Balm

And there you have it! I had a leftover lip balm tub from last year, so I filled that as well. 🙂

Make Honey and Peppermint Lip Balm

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Karen

Friday 24th of March 2017

Great tutorial! Just wondering if the Rosemary oil is needed (or is it optional)? I just don't have any onhand and want to try this asap!

Thanks!!

Brittany Goldwyn

Friday 24th of March 2017

Totally optional! :)

Amy H.

Monday 12th of December 2016

Does regular honey work or does it need to be this kind to work? Or should I just leave it out if I don't have raw honey?

Brittany Goldwyn

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

I would use raw honey because it's a bit more solid than the honey you buy at most stores. It helps to hold the whole mixture together while also keeping it soft. :)

Crystal

Thursday 27th of October 2016

Oh I'm gonna try and make a few of these for Christmas gifts, thank you! #homemattersparty

Brittany Goldwyn

Thursday 27th of October 2016

You're welcome Crystal!

Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

Friday 21st of October 2016

I never knew these were so simple to make! Can't wait to try it out myself. Thanks for sharing at Share the Wealth Sunday!

Brittany Merth

Friday 21st of October 2016

They make a great gift too! Thanks for stopping by Morgan!

Cristina at Ava's Alphabet

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

How fun! I love the combination of peppermint and honey. It must feel amazing. Pinned and sharing. Thanks for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link-up Party this week!

Brittany Merth

Thursday 20th of October 2016

Thanks Christina!

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