I don’t know about you, but for me, lavender is a scent that makes me think of spring. (I’m not sure why, because it’s not in-season where I live until the summer!) Since I am dreaming so, so much about spring, and since I had just strained some lavender-infused almond oil and mint-infused coconut oil recently, I decided to make some relaxing lip balm with a springy scent to carry me away in my daydreams of warmth and sunshine.
Lavender is such a relaxing scent, and it pairs really well with uplifting peppermint. Also, both herbs have antimicrobial and skin soothing and replenishing properties. Most people find both to be gentle for use on the skin, but if you’re sensitive (or making this recipe for young children), you might want to eliminate one or both essential oils in the recipe, or use less of both.
Lip balm is not too tricky if you’re new to making body care products. Here’s the recipe, if you want to give it a try!
Lavender Peppermint Lip Balm
(Makes 7 0.5-oz containers of lip balm)
7 lip balm tins, 0.5 oz
Double boiler (optional)
28 g shea butter
20 g beeswax pellets
16 g almond oil infused with lavender flowers
8 g coconut oil infused with peppermint leaf
4 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil (or leave out if you have sensitive skin)
Prepare your supplies and area; you might want to put down a layer of parchment or waxed paper in case of dribbles. I place mine on a baking sheet.
Melt the beeswax pellets, shea butter, and infused oils slowly over low heat in the double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, set a large glass mixing bowl over a small saucepan containing about 1 inch of water, put your ingredients in the mixing bowl, and it works the same way.
Once the ingredients are melted, remove from heat and carefully add and stir in essential oil if you’re using it.
Carefully pour the hot liquid into your lip balm tins. Allow to cool completely for a good long while before using—I like to have my tins on a baking sheet and transfer that to the fridge for quicker setting, but that’s optional.
Once the lip balms are finished setting up, they’re ready to use!