DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm

If you are new to making lip balm, the first thing you should know is that it really isn’t as hard as you may think! It also isn’t time consuming either and one great perk is you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. If you have a good, natural base, then once you’ve made your own lip balm a few times, you will feel confident in changing the flavors and ingredients for them with no problem. This recipe has a good base which comes out nice and smooth and then with the addition of a great spearmint essential oil and vanilla extract you’ll have a perfect flavor combination.

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm

The base for this lip balm is made from beeswax, coconut oil and sweet almond or jojoba oil so it’s a great moisturizer for your lips and goes on very smooth. They’re so good I keep them on hand everywhere – in my purse, on my desk and in the bathroom.

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm

The mint we used in the recipe is spearmint, and it gives it a sweet flavor that makes for a great balance with the vanilla. If you don’t have spearmint oil though, you can use peppermint just as easily and it works great too. If you like it a little strong as far as the mint goes, just add a few more drops than called for in the recipe below. This recipe makes about a dozen lip balms if using the standard roll-up type containers.

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm

Line up the lip balm containers before starting the mixture so you’ll have them all ready to go. Melt the beeswax until it has a clear consistency, with no lumps in it, and then you can add in the coconut oil, too, blending until no lumps, and then add in the almond oil. Once they are all blended, melted smooth and there are no lumps or chunks left, you can add in the essential oils and the vanilla extract. Mix well then pour into the containers. Once they are all filled, you will just need to let them cool down thoroughly, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour at the most. Now all you need is to make some cute labels and you are done! They make great gifts and favors for friends and co-workers so get ready to make a bunch!

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm

DIY Vanilla Mint Lip Balm
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To start, fill your double boiler’s bottom pot to around one-third to half full, and place over medium heat. Then, add your beeswax to the top half. While it is heating up, go ahead and measure out the coconut oil and the sweet almond oil so they are ready. Don’t risk overheating the beeswax if possible, as you can lose the great properties that is has for your body, and ruin the consistency.
  2. I like to line up the containers also and have them set to go to help with that as well.
  3. Melt your beeswax until it is a clear consistency, with no lumps in it, and then you can add in the coconut oil, too, blending until no lumps, and then add in the almond oil.
  4. Once they are all blended and melted to smooth, and there are no lumps or chunks left, you can add in the essential oils and the vanilla extract.
  5. Mix well and then you may begin pouring into the containers.
  6. One thing to note: The vanilla tends to want to rise to the top of the mixture, so as you are pouring it, you may need to place the balm back over heat and stir once or twice to get it well mixed.
  7. Also, the balm may start to set up a bit as you get to the last few, and if they do, just put it back over the hot water and let it melt again.
  8. Once they are all filled, you will just need to let them cool down thoroughly, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour at the most.
  9. Now all you need is to make yourself some cute labels and you are done! They make great gifts and favors for others, too.

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