I really enjoy making lip balms, the difficult part is to decide on flavours. For my Christmas presents I chose Mango & Lime aroma, but there are so many other essential oils and aromas I want to try.
Mango & Lime Lip Balm
This makes about 15 lip balms
15g cocoa Butter
38ml Peach Kernel Oil
2ml/g (40-50 drops) Mango & Lime Aroma
Before making my lip balms, I purchased some basic equipment such as scales, measuring cylinders, thermometer, different size beakers etc. That made my life easier, especially the scales!
Measure the beeswax and cocoa butter as accurately as possible on the scale. Then measure the oil. The measuring cylinder came handy in this case.
Add the beeswax, butter and the Peach kernel oil to the large bowl (I used stainless steel bowl) and immerse the bowl in a pot of hot water.
Stir it well until melted.
Once the mixture has melted, take it out of the hot water and add the Mango & Lime aroma. It’s handy to keep water in the pot boiling, so you can reheat the mixture if it gets thicker. And believe me it only takes seconds for it to thicken!
I used a small beaker for pouring my lip balm mixture into small cylinders. Be careful to not over-pour! The mixture shrinks in the cylinders so you can top it up later.
Wait for a few minutes for the balms so settle. Reheat the lip balm mixture and top up the cylinders. Wait a few minutes and then put on the lids.
Lip balms need a few hours to settle before use. Place them in the fridge if you wish to harden them quicker.
A little tip: when cleaning in the end, stand the steel bowl and beakers or any other dish used for melting the lip balm mixture upright in the boiling water in the pot and let the fats and oils melt inside the bowls. Then take them out and immediately dry them out with a paper tissue. Then wash them. This will prevent you clogging your sink!