1. Create a double boiler in some fashion. You may own cookware specifically designed for this use or you may just hang a measuring cup over a pot of boiling water, whatever works for you.
2. Poor all the ingredients expect the peppermint extract into the pot or cup that you are using. Allow it to sit until the beeswax completely melts, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the peppermint extract after the beeswax is melted and stir.
4. Pour the mixture into your containers.
5. Allow the mixture to cool completely. I place mine in the fridge to speed up the process.
Customization: To get a softer balm, play around with the amount of beeswax. If you use less, it will come out softer.
If you want a tinted balm, you can do a couple of different things:
- Add a bit of your own lipstick to the mixture during step 2.
- Add beet root powder or a natural red food coloring during step 3. (Be careful – a little goes a LONG way.)
To get different flavors or scents, use an oil or extract other than peppermint. Orange essential oil is said to make a nice balm.
** I have read that peppermint extract is not ideal for use in this type of lip balm making. Something about it not mixing in with the ingredients well because of the high alcohol content of the extract. I had absolutely no trouble and am very happy with the result. If you are unsure or have a poor result when using the extract, you can also use essential oils – 5-6 drops of peppermint essential oil should have a similar effect.
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