Homemade Christmas Gifts: Peppermint Lip Balm
So I needed relatively cheap and easy gifts for lots of people and I knew I wanted to make something homemade. So when a friend recommended making homemade lip balm I knew that it would be perfect. Though this isn't the easiest process of gift giving, it sure does beat the cost and hassle of shopping malls, besides people appreciate the added homemade touch. And considering the holiday season why not make it peppermint lip balm?
Peppermint Lip Balm
This recipe is quite easy to make. Peppermint essential oil is used in this recipe but other essential oils, such as rose geranium or orange, can be used depending upon your own personal preference. If you like a creamier consistency for your lip balm use a little bit less beeswax or add a bit more almond oil.
½ cup sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons jojoba oil
2 tablespoons beeswax pellets/ block
2 tablespoons honey
5 Vitamin E capsules or in liquid form
25 drops peppermint essential oil
I also added a pinch of cayenne pepper, I know this sounds dangerous, but it actually brings the blood to your lips and makes them look redder. Be careful not to add too much though- just a pinch!
I found all these ingredients from Whole Foods in the United States, or in Canada, Caper's. Try other health food and organic stores with a decent "natural living" section and you should be able to find all the ingredients in one place.
I wasn't able to purchase beeswax pellets, only beeswax in block form. To melt this use a double boiler method and make sure to line the top bowl with parchment paper, wax paper or plastic wrap to protect the beeswax as it melts. You don't want it to take on any of the qualities of the metal bowl or pot.
A quart size glass canning jar works as a good container in which to make this lip balm. Place the jar into a pan half filled with water and turn the heat to medium. Then carefully add the sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and beeswax into the canning jar. Use a pot holder to hold the top of the canning jar while stirring it around until the beeswax is completely melted. Stir in the honey and Vitamin E and mix until the honey has been thoroughly incorporated. Remove the container from the pan of hot water and turn off your stove.
Stir in the essential oil then pour the balm into containers and let cool to room temperature before covering with the lids. Empty plastic lip gloss containers, which hold approximately ¼ ounce, can be purchased from a variety of vendors. I prefer to use flat ½ ounce round aluminum containers to store my balm in. This recipe makes almost one cup (8 ounces) of lip balm.
This was the trickiest thing to find- the lip balm containers. A drug store that has empty plastic travel containers should work, there's also some good sites on the internet where you can order some lovely looking aluminum containers. I did a combination of craft store bead containers (Michael's Craft Store) and plastic travel containers.
After all said and done, it took me a leisurely morning and the balm is quite nice. I can't wait for other people to try it out! Good luck and Happy Holidays!