Lip Balm Recipe
Mint Lip Balm
Lip balm is a soothing way to heal and feed your lips. The mint is refreshing and the cocoa butter nourishes dry lips. If you do not want to make your own mint oil, use plain sunflower oil and add a few drops of mint essential oil or natural mint food flavouring instead.
What you will need:
25 ml (1 fl oz) homemade mint oil (look at the macerated oil section to see what to do) or use sunflower oil
9 g (¼ oz) beeswax
12 g (½ oz) cocoa butter
4 drops of peppermint essential oil or natural oil-based mint food flavouring (only needed if you use plain sunflower oil)
Small clean pot that will hold 50 ml / 2 fl oz
Small pan with a lid
Kitchen paper for wiping any excess balm mixture
What to do:
Put the mint oil or sunflower oil, beeswax and cocoa butter in a small pan/glass Pyrex jug (in a bain-marie) and gently heat until melted. Do not allow the mixture to simmer at any point.
Once the mixture has melted, take it off the heat and add the essential oil or food flavouring if you have used the plain sunflower oil.
Pour the mixture into the pot, put the lid on and leave it to cool for 30 minutes. If you spill any mixture use kitchen towel to clear it up and wipe down your pot /glass jar before washing as this can block pipes if the beeswax hardens after it has gone down the plug hole.
Once cooled, label and use
If you wish to have a shinier glossier lip balm, replace the mint or sunflower oil with avocado or castor oil.
If you want a more healing lip balm then use home-made marigold oil instead of mint oil.
If you would like to make a nourishing hand balm, you can use this recipe and add homemade rose petal oil instead of the mint.
If you want a lip balm for cold sores, replace the mint oil with lemon balm oil, which has anti-viral properties.