Make a holiday lip balm with Peppermint and Mandarin essential oils.
Do you reach for your lip balm more often during the winter than at other times of year?
When I lived in a climate that turned cold during winter (I live in Florida now), I noticed my friends doing that all the time! Another thing I noticed was that people love to receive handmade aromatherapy products as gifts. (Okay, I noticed that a long time ago!)
So I thought, why not make a holiday lip balm recipe and share it with friends? I created a lip balm with Peppermint essential oil, and hints of citrus, cocoa, and vanilla. It’s delicious!
This holiday lip balm makes about 18 tubes. (Plenty to share!) You can get lip balm tubes at Aromatics International. You can also get a lip balm tube tray, which holds the tubes in place and prevents spills as you’re pouring the hot liquid balm into them. (I prefer to transfer the liquid to the tubes with a plastic pipette, like the ones you used in chemistry class.)
The ingredients are:
- ½ oz (14 gm) beeswax (Cera alba)
- ½ oz (14 gm) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
- 1 oz (30 ml) vanilla-infused jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)
- 10 drops Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata)
I like to keep the concentration of Peppermint to about 1 drop for every lip balm tube. The right amount of Peppermint is refreshing and cooling, but too much can get hot and irritating.
- First set up all your open lip balm tubes, so they’re ready to receive hot liquid. If you have a lip balm tube tray, load the tubes into the tray. (You’ll be so grateful this step is done when you’re ready to pour or pipette the hot liquid!)
- Measure all your ingredients. A kitchen scale works best for this. Be sure to tare your scale so you’re not measuring the weight of the bowl as well.
- Put your Pyrex in a cooking pot that is filled ¼ with simmering water. It’s a makeshift double boiler trick!
- Melt your beeswax in the Pyrex.
- Add the vanilla-infused jojoba and stir until melted.
- Add the cocoa butter. Stir until melted.
- Remove the Pyrex from heat, and add your essential oils. Stir the oils in gently with either the flat end of a spoon or a glass stir stick.
- Pour the liquid into the lip balm tubes very carefully. I use a plastic pipette for this part. That way I’m not trying to pour from a large container into something with such a small opening. You can also use a funnel, if you have one of those on hand.
- As soon as the lip balms are solid (which should take a few minutes), remove the tubes from the tray and gently place the caps on the tubes so the essential oil does not evaporate.
- Let your lip balms cool and solidify for several hours.
Peppermint essential oil makes this holiday lip balm a little cooling, which is a nice effect. It’s also a protective, healing blend that can support you against getting sick.
I like to make fun labels when I make holiday lip balms. You can name your lip balm, list the ingredients, and put fun stickers on it!