So in addition to the hand salve I made the other night, I also followed a recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs and made up a batch of Peppermint Cocoa Lip balm. It smells good enough to eat and is amazing on the lips now that I’ve been using it for a few days. And the guinea pigs friends I gave it to to test it have been giving it good reviews as well!
I plan to give some of this away, plus the recipe makes enough to fill ten lip balm tubes, so you can either save empty ones and re-use, or get these pretty translucent ones from Mountain Rose Herbs as well. I plan to re-use the ones I use for myself, but these are the most convenient in terms of giving the lip balm away. If you prefer small tins they also carry those, but I don’t like having to stick my finger in the lip balm in the middle of the day if my hands aren’t clean.
I’m re-posting their recipe here because the directions need a bit of clarification. You can find the original here, second recipe down.
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter
2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
12-15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)
Step 1: Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Avocado in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat (I interpreted this as getting the water to a simmer on medium to medium high instead of on high) in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted.
In the pic below, you see the butter and oils melting together in a measuring cup set in a small metal bowl that is over a simmering pan of water, my “double boiler.” This set up works so well (the metal bowl over a sauce pan) that I don’t see the need to every buy an actual double boiler!
Step 2: Once melted, remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and Vitamin E Oil. To achieve this, I lowered the measuring cup straight into the simmering water for perhaps a minute tops because the beeswax wasn’t getting quite hot enough. It doesn’t seem to have affected the outcome.
Step 3: Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. You can purchase lip balm tubes and jars, or you can reuse glass or plastic containers. Allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the lip balm containers. Your lip balm is finished! You can now add labels, ribbons, twine, or any other decorative elements. Makes approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of our 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.
And there you have it! This whole process took less than 20 minutes from start to finish, with about another 15 minutes or so (I didn’t really time it) to have the lip balm cool, but it cools pretty fast and you have simple, all organic lip balm and you know exactly what went into it. Plus it’s yummy, a great gift, and satisfying to make.