DIY flavored lip balm is fun and easy to make at home. Lip balm recipes are easy to customize with a wide range of oils, butters, colors, and flavors. Today we’re going to share a fun recipe for peppermint flavored lip balm. This project would make the perfect gift for the holidays!
Our peppermint lip balm recipe calls for natural cocoa butter, an ingredient that has a wonderful chocolaty aroma. In most lip balm recipes, this scent can overwhelm the flavor you are using. However, the peppermint flavor oil we are using for this recipe pairs perfectly with that chocolaty scent to create a lovely holiday lip balm.
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Supplies & Ingredients
- 85 grams Coconut Oil
- 80 grams Natural Cocoa Butter (unrefined)
- 40 grams White Beeswax Pellets
- 40 drops Peppermint Dreams Lip Balm Flavor Oil
- 40-80 drops Liquid Stevia
- Digital Scale
- Mini Whisk
- Plastic Pipette
- Scraping Tool
- 48 lip balm tubes (round or oval shape)
- Lip Balm Filling Tray (available in round or oval)
- 30 x 70 mm Shrink Wrap Bands
- Glass measuring cup for mixing
- Small sauce pan
Note: This recipe calls for some ingredients in “drops.” For reference, 40 drops equals approximately 2 grams by weight, or 2 ml if using a pipette to measure your ingredients. Whenever you make a small batch of lip balm, it’s easiest to measure certain ingredients in drops. If making a larger batch, you can weigh in grams for a more accurate measurement.
Note that if you wish to use more flavor, refer to the IFRA statement on the product page to learn the maximum safe amount of flavor oil to use. Regardless of the maximum amount allowed by the IFRA statement, we recommend using no more than 10% flavor oil for any lip balm recipe.
Can I use essential oils?
Many lip balm recipes call for essential oils rather than flavor oils. You can choose to use peppermint essential oil if you wish. We recommend that you start with 20-40 drops of essential oil to see if you like the amount. A concentration of no more than 2% of your recipe is recommended.
How to Make DIY Flavored Lip Balm
- Prepare your lip balm filling tray by placing the lip balm tubes into the slots. To do so, flip the tray face down and insert the top of the lip balm tubes into the tray. Once all the tubes are placed, flip the tray over and set it on a flat surface.
- Place your glass measuring cup on the digital scale and tare it to zero. Set the measurement unit to grams.
- Weigh out the following ingredients:
- 90 grams Coconut Oil
- 75 grams Cocoa Butter
- 40 grams Beeswax Pellets
- Fill a sauce pan about half full with water, then place the glass container into the water bath. Heat the sauce pan on the stove. This is a double boiler.
- Stir the ingredients until they melt, then remove the pan from the heat.
- Using a potholder, carefully remove the glass measuring cup from the pan. Avoid touching any part of the cup that was submerged in the water, as it will be very hot.
- Using a pipette, transfer 2 ml (about 40 drops) of Peppermint Dreams Flavor Oil to the melted butters, then stir to combine.
- Next, add up to 4 ml (80 drops) of liquid stevia to the mixing cup. You can check the flavor and sweetness as you go to ensure that you add your desired amount of sweetener. Stir until the sweetener is thoroughly combined.
- Pour the mixture into the tubes that you arranged in the tray.
- Leave the tubes in the tray while the mixture hardens. Once the lip balm tubes are cool and hard, use a scraping tool to clean off any excess lip balm mixture. This can be saved and remelted to make more lip balm.
Optional: Chilling Your Lip Balm
Handmade lip balm recipes can occasionally have a gritty texture. This happens when the different butters and oils in the recipe cool at different rates. Luckily, it’s easy to prevent this from happening. All you need to do is chill your lip balm tubes in the fridge as soon as you are done filling them. This forces the mixture to cool at an even rate, preventing grittiness.
It can be a little tricky to do this when using a lip balm filling tray. If you want to chill your lip balm tubes, place the tray and tubes onto a baking sheet before you pour the mixture in. Make sure there’s room in your fridge to place the tray on an even surface. Once you pour the mixture in, slowly and carefully move the tray into the fridge to cool.
Finishing Your Lip Balm
Once your lip balm tubes are done cooling, you can remove them from the filling tray, cap, and label them. If selling your lip balms, be sure to include the ingredients, net weight, and product name on your labels.
These peppermint lip balms are the perfect last-minute gift. Whether you’re selling them or not, they will look extra cute with a festive label. For a professional touch, don’t forget to seal your lip balm tubes with shrink wrap. Our 30 x 70 mm shrink wrap bands are the perfect size for standard lip balm tubes.
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