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Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe - 100% Natural

I am completely addicted to lip balm.  I have tubes of it stashed everywhere -- in my purse, in the kitchen, on the shelf by my back door.

Store bought lip balm, and I'm talking about the "good stuff," can get expensive. But handcrafted balm is a fairly easy product to make, and will save you money in the long run. Plus you can customize it any way you like. My favorite is always peppermint, though.

This Peppermint Lip Balm recipe uses ingredients that you can find at your local health food store or craft store. It's completely natural and so good for your lips.

Buy cute tins and tubes at your local craft store, or you can get some at online suppliers.  Bramble Berry is a good place to start.

You can add a pinch of mica or lip balm colorant to give your lip balm a pepperminty-pink color.  I like mine uncolored!

RECIPE: Peppermint Lip Balm

This recipe makes about 1 oz. of lip balm, or enough to fill about 5 tubes or 3-4 pots, depending on size. If you like a softer, shinier balm, add the castor oil. If you like a smoother, firmer balm, leave it out.

Here's What You'll Need:
1 tablespoon beeswax
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon castor oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
Lip balm containers

Step 1: In a small microwave safe bowl, add beeswax, sweet almond oil, and castor oil.  The castor oil gives the lip balm some shine on your lips. If you're giving some to your guy pals, I'd leave this out. They tend not to like super shiny lips!

Step 2: Microwave for short bursts, stirring frequently, until beeswax is completely melted.

Step 3: Add peppermint essential oil and stir well.

Just a note, essential oil is not the same as peppermint extract (the type you use in cooking) and it's not interchangeable. Peppermint extract is water-soluable, and won't mix into your lip balm oils.

Step 4: Working quickly, pour into lip balm containers.

If you're like me, and you pour on the slow and careful side, your lip balm will start to solidify before you can pour it all into your containers. Curse at it a bit. Then, use a spoon or rubber spatula to scrape the semi-solid lip balm back down into the dish.

Microwave slightly to liquefy again and have another go at pouring. It's OK to continue pouring into a half-filled container. It will all smooth out and look perfect in the end.

Step 5: Let your lip balm set, uncapped and undisturbed, until cool about 1-2 hours.  Affix lids.

Your lip balm is ready to use!  Enjoy it!

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