Once you decide to share this delicious DIY recipe – look out! You’ll have a Tingly Lip Balm frenzy on your hands as friends, family, and associates from work and your community fall in love with your Soothing Peppermint Lip Balm. My easy homemade lip balm recipe will soon be an essential for your purse, car, and nightstand.
About This Recipe:
The attraction to many popular homemade products, besides the fact they are free of harmful additives and chemically designed ingredients, is that the products themselves feel good to use. The draw to this lip balm is that by adding a couple drops of peppermint essential oil, you end up with refreshing tingly kisses on your lips, seconds after application.
Consider adding eucalyptus, vanilla, lavender, or any combination of scented essential oils to this easy homemade recipe for a fun variation, not to mention tantalizing your other senses.
Additional information before getting started:
- This recipe is easiest when using products in a 1:1:1 ratio (beeswax: to coconut oil: to cocoa butter). It can be easily increased for larger quantities once you feel comfortable.
- Going from a *SOLID (i.e. Cocoa Butter and Beeswax is purchased in a solid state) to a LIQUID state: to liquefy your solids, simply melt them down in a *hot water bath. If you are in a colder climate, you’ll find the coconut oil will also be in a hardened state. Before mixing in any other oil(s), you’ll have to gently melt your solids into a completely liquid state.
- Using this recipe of 1:1:1 will produce a firmer product. If you desire a softer lip balm, simply add more coconut oil, making a 1:2:1 ratio. If you decide the mixture is too stiff once you have poured it into the containers, simply scrape it out, melt it down again, adding a bit more coconut oil. You’ll figure out your perfect consistency after a couple of batches!
- For ideas on where to shop for local or organic ingredients, see the end of this article where I have provided several links for your convenience.
Ingredients for making Soothing Peppermint Lip Balm:
- (3) 1 to 1 ½ oz containers with screw on / or airtight lids
- 2-3 T / or 2-3 capsules Vitamin E oil
- 1 oz beeswax
- 1 oz coconut oil
- 1 oz cocoa butter
- 2-3 drops peppermint oil (to taste – up to 10+ drops can be added for stronger minty flavor)
- 1-2 drops scented essential oil (optional )
Directions for making Soothing Peppermint Lip Balm:
- Using a double boiler or *hot water bath, melt down *SOLIDS. Be sure the bowl for melting fits tight to avoid steam rising out from the boiling water. DO NOT allow condensation to seep into the lip balm.
- Cut open capsules of Vitamin E oil and set aside, avoiding spillage.
- Begin melting solids on low heat, starting with the beeswax, then adding coconut oil, and finally the cocoa butter last to avoid scorching.
- Add Vitamin E oil, peppermint oil, and scented essential oil if desired.
- Once everything is melted and mixed together thoroughly, remove from heat and pour the balm mixture into your containers.
TIPS, INFORMATION & REMINDERS:
- For easier clean up – always use a paper towel and wipe out mixing bowl immediately after pouring balm into containers.
- DO NOT pour any leftover balm mixture down the drain!
- Gentle enough to be used daily.
- About Coconut Oil: Consider your climate. If it’s too hot where you live, coconut oil will not remain in a firm state. If your climate is colder, the recipe may work well for you.
- About Cocoa Butter: This rich emollient leaves your skin creamy soft, partly due to the content of fatty acids. The acids help to build elasticity, retain moisture, and can help ease dermatitis or rashes. Always choose raw, cold-pressed butters that are free of chemicals used in bleaching and refining.
- To get information on why to use *natural oils, click on the link in this sentence.
- If stored in air-tight containers, the balm will keep for several months / I’ve kept mine up to 14 months.
- Decorated containers, especially glass, make for excellent birthday, or holiday gifts.
- For a more colorful lip balm, add a few drops of food coloring when adding the oils.
- Versatile recipe that may be used as a deep moisturizer for several areas:
- As a lip balm
- For especially dry patches of skin
- For rough areas such as heels, or elbows
- May be applied directly to dry nail cuticles
- As with any treatment – PRIOR TO FULL APPLICATION – always do a test application on an inconspicuous area to determine how your skin will respond.
- Always consult a physician for any special skin conditions, health concerns, or health considerations.
If you enjoyed this idea, then CHECK OUT my Top-10 Homemade Day Spa suggestions on how to show some Natural, Sugar-Free Love this year! Any of these recipes make great holiday or birthday gifts.
- Gentle Papaya Facial Scrub
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- Berry Cream Mask
- Cool Cucumber Facial Peel
- Cinnamon Apple Body Scrub
- Creamy Avocado Hair Treatment
- Brown Sugar Pecan Scrub
- Sweet Potato Eye Mask
- Round Sugar Scrubs
- Pumpkin Hair Conditioner
For ideas on where to shop for local or organic ingredients, please click on any of the links below:
- Boise Co-Op
- Whole Foods Market
- Brown Box Organics
- Idaho Organic Store Locator
From my home to yours: another favorite recipe – enjoyed with nutrition in mind.