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At Christmas time my friend Adriana gave everyone in our group of friends a tube of homemade lip balm that she had made. I thought it was such a great gift idea – it was cute, hand made, AND it worked amazingly! Yesterday I went to Adriana’s house and she taught me how to whip up a batch of lip balm so I could share the recipe here. This homemade lip balm is super easy to make – the ingredients last forever, and you don’t need much of each ingredient to make a good amount of homemade lip balm. I made personalized labels for mine using craft paper and double sided tape. Have some fun and give your homemade lip balm a creative name and label, these make the perfect little gift!
We used peppermint oil to give the homemade lip balm a nice minty flavour but I can’t wait to try different flavours. I’m thinking : lavender with some dried lavender bits in the mixture, or something fruity like grapefruit or orange. There are tons of possibilities for whatever your taste!
Makes 12 tube lip balms or 4 round containers as pictured here
• 2 tbsp beeswax
• 3 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 tsp honey
• 10 drops vitamin E
• 15 drops peppermint (or oil of your choice)
1. Clean and dry your containers and lay them on a flat surface ready to pour in the mixture when it is all done. The balm can be prepared using a double broiler method, or, like I did by placing a glass pyrex cup that can tolerate heat into a few inches of simmering water in a pot on the stove. Prepare whichever system you will be using.
2. Combine the beeswax, coconut oil, and honey in the heat tolerant cup and simmer the water in the surrounding pot to melt the mixture. The beeswax is the slowest to melt, this process should take approximately 10 minutes.
2. Stir the mixture occasionally while it is melting. Once melted turn off the stove and while the mixture is still hot add in your drops of vitamin E and peppermint and stir.
3. Before the mixture begins to cool and harden, pour it into your containers. I filled mine quite close to the top.
4. Allow to sit until dry – these took less than 10 minutes to become solid.
Adriana made her original lip balms in these tubes here, and you can find the pots that I used here. Amazon is a great spot for finding all sorts of containers for this sort of DIY project. With this mixture I found that the tubes Adriana used were better than the pots, I think I will use the tubes for my next batch.
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