Sophie’s Winter Lip Balm

I am a lip balm addict! I have gone through more Burt’s Bees than anyone on the planet. The only problem with my Burt’s Bees is that I have a hard time digesting the fact that one small tube is almost $3.00 in some places. So, I moved on to buying the lip balm from my favorite soap company, Wash Your Mouth Out Soap Company.

While collecting all of my supplies for holiday soap making, I noticed some inexpensive cosmetic-making supplies. So I figured, why not try to make my own and see what happens? At the least, it would be something I could do with my daughter and they would make great Christmas gift add-ons, right?

For $0.12 a tube, I purchased 20 lip balm tubes and a 1lb bag of white beeswax pastilles for under $9.00. You only use a tablespoon or two for a recipe for 20 tubes, so that 1lb bag will last me forever! I also purchases a 0.5oz bottle of peppermint essential oil , some plastic pipettes, a bottle of sweet almond oil, and some labels to gussy up the tubes. I already had some vitamin E supplements in my cabinet, so a quick trip to the store to buy a jar of coconut oil and cocoa butter and I was ready to go!

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The initial investment (about $40.00) seems a little steep, but I figure that for a long while the only purchase I will have to make will be for more tubes, pipettes, and labels (if they are for gifts). By my estimation, each tube of homemade lip balm costs me less than a dollar, AND I get to have a fun time with my daughter!

So, here was my process:

Place 2Tbs of sweet almond oil, 1Tbs of coconut oil, and 1Tbs plus 1tsp of beeswax (if you like a firmer balm, you can add up to double the beeswax), and 1Tbs of cocoa butter over low heat in a double boiler or you can use my method of hanging a glass measuring cup over the edge of a large pot filled with water.

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You want a slow melt, so this may take about 20 minutes or so.

Situate your tubes so you can be ready to pour.

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When the mixture is melted and appears homogenous, add 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil and the contents of 3-4 vitamin E capsules. Stir and use the pipette to fill each tube.

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Let dry, cap, label, and enjoy!