These would make lovely holiday gifts – perfect stocking stuffers. Simple to make and chemical free. And this balm makes your lips feel like silk.
This is a recipe I adapted from one I found online for peppermint lip balm. I added shea butter (because I love it) and opted for a spicey lemon-cinnamon flavour instead.
Lemon Cinnamon Lip Balm * updated, no-melt-in-your-pocket version 😛
Makes approx. 25 units.
Note: 1oz = 28gr
Weigh, measure and add all of your ingredients EXCEPT the essential oil and cinnamon to a pyrex measuring cup. Place the cup in a pan of water, and heat until the water simmers. Stir your mixture until all of the ingredients melt and blend. Add essential oil and cinnamon. It won’t look like a lot of liquid, but I promise you, it will fill a lot of those lip balm tubes. You can also cut the recipe in half, or quarter it if you want to make a small personal stash.
I first tried it with just the lemon and I filled a few tubes with that mixture. Then I started adding cinnamon. You’ll see the varying colours of the lip balms in the photos below. It doesn’t darken your lips, but the more cinnamon you add, the more exfoliation properties your lip balm will have. I added, I think, a full teaspoon of cinnamon by the end of it. The really dark stuff left noticeable specks on my lips, so unless you want to look like you’ve been chewing on tree bark, I’d think about limiting the cinnamon to 1/2 tsp in this recipe.
Place your lip balm tube upright in a bowl or container to stabilize them. Pour your mixture directly from the measuring cup. It hardens quickly, so you may need to reheat it from time to time.
This combination seems mild when you just hold the lipbalm up to your nose for a sniff, but as you apply it to your lips it releases all of that lemon-cinnamony goodness. Yum!
Cleaning out your pyrex measuring cup is easy. Simply use your fingers to wipe out all of the left over residue that you can (and rub it into your skin – or on a child that is passing by – presuming it’s your own child – or a sibling who doesn’t mind you pawing at them). Then take paper towel and wipe the inside of the glass as best you can. From there, you can throw it in the dishwasher, or hand wash with dish soap and hot water. Easy peasy.
The great thing about lip balm recipes is the sky is the limit in terms of how you want to flavor it. Mess around a bit with your favorite essential oils and let us know about your favorite combinations in the comments below. Some essential oils may not be suitable for you if you are pregnant, so be sure to educate yourself beforehand.