Easy Lip Balm – Peppermint Vanilla

I’m always so surprised that no one has nicknamed me “crocodile lady” this time of year.  Why?  Because my skin and lips are ssssssoooooo dry.  A lot of commercial lip balms are more waxy than moisturizing.  However, I was recently turned onto EOS lip balm.  It inspired me to try my hand at making my own lip balm.

I looked at a lot of various recipes and what I learned is that most lip balms are comprised of 2 ingredients:  beeswax to harden the balm and a carrier oil to moisturize your lips.  Here’s how my first batch of lip balm turned out.

Peppermint Vanilla Lip Balm

`1 Tbsp beeswax (pellets or grated)
3 Tbsp almond oil
2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil
Small pinch of vanilla bean powder (approx. 1/16 tsp)
2 altoid mini tins

Place the beeswax and almond oil in a microwave safe measuring cup (this will aid in pouring balm into the altoid tins).  Microwave on high 1 minute.  If the beeswax is not completely melted, place back in the microwave and heat in 10 second intervals until the beeswax is melted)

Once your oil/beeswax mixture is melted, add the vanilla powder and peppermint essential oil (too much peppermint oil will burn your lips so just add 2-3 drops.)

Pour your liquid balm into the altoid tins being careful not to overfill.  The “hinge” has holes on the tin which will result in your balm leaking all over the place if your overfill.

It’s a nice hard balm that would work very well in a lip balm tube. However, I didn’t want to invest in tubes until I tried a batch to see how it worked out.  I think “lip balm tubes” are going to be my next crafting investment.
Make a batch for yourself…you’ll have soft lips in time for Valentine’s Day!
Update 2/1/2013  People have asked where they can find the ingredients for making this lip balm.  Many helath food store carry these ingredients or if you’d like to purchase them online, check out these links to amazon.  (I included 3 choices for beeswax…they are all cosmetic grade and would work in with this project).

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  1. says

    I love the idea of microwaving!! This sounds really yummy, I want to do a peppermint recipe. I read up quite a bit on homemade lip balms too, and another thing I read is to add a few drops of Vitamin E oil as a preservative to be on the safe side. I don’t worry about it in my experimental recipes, but if I find a good one I want to gift, I do add some Vitamin E because I’d hate for a gift to go funky. ;) Thanks for sharing, Marilyn!!

  2. says

    I loved your recipe. Could you share your sources for your supplies? You might also like to check out the beading section of your favorite craft store for little small containers for your gifting. I have seen small metal pots with glass lids that would be perfect. Orient Express. Online carries them also.

  3. says

    This is a great idea! I found you over at Get Schooled Saturday. I’ve never made lip balm, but what a clever idea to make it in a little Altoids tin! And love the idea of peppermint vanilla. I’ll have to give this one a try. So glad you shared!


  4. says

    I put on chapstick way too much throughout the day! :) So this is right up my alley! I love peppermint too! Thanks for submitting this to our Sweets For My Sweetie Link-up on Natural and Free, Glued To My Crafts and Vanessa’s Place! :)

  5. says

    Do you think if you made it just vanilla you’d need to add more vanilla? I’d love to try this. I made a cocoa lip balm but it was a little gritty. This sound more like what we would like. Thanks for linking up & sharing at DearCreatives.com & hope to see you again soon! Theresa

  6. says

    I am teachng the women in my MOPS group to make some spa items next month including lip balm. I love your recipe! I’m glad I found you at Romance on a Dime. Perfect timing.

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