My friend Mr. B came to visit me, and since we both like herbs, essential oils, and natural living, we decided to make some home-made lip balm, from a recipe we found at Mountain Rose Herbs. We used the one called "Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm" but made a few small changes to the ingredients. Here's what we ended up using:
1 tbs. cocoa butter
2 tbs. Sweet Almond oil
1 tbs. Jojoba oil
1 tbs. plus 1 tsp. beeswax
3 drops Peppermint oil (it called for 5-10, but we went lightly)
You melt the wax, butter, and oils over a double boiler, and then remove from the heat before adding the essential oils. Be careful not to let it boil over! We then transferred the hot mixture to a Pyrex measuring cup, before pouring it into the little plastic tubes (from Mountain Rose Herbs) and tins. You have to act fast because the wax hardens quickly. Now, we just have to let the tubes and tins sit for several hours, before capping them. We already did a "trial" taste, and the stuff is amazing! Very rich and creamy, which a wonderful chocolate smell and a hint of Peppermint. And, best of all, all-natural. It was quite easy to do, once we got the timing down, and I'll definitely be making more in the future. You could easily make 20+ tubes at a time.
Here are some pics to share.....
The "double boiler"
The filled tins and tubes (and a big mess!)
The filled tubes
Hope you enjoy!