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DIY peppermint lip balm

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

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Soft, supple lips are a must-have all year, but the winter weather can sometimes wreak havoc on them. This easy DIY peppermint lip balm will solve that problem!

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This is an easy DIY project that can be a lot of fun — not to mention the fact that it produces a great lip balm. These make great gifts for friends, too, and they’re perfect for stashing in a purse or bag.

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Use cosmetic-grade products for this project. You can find the supplies at stores like Hi-Health and Whole Foods. You can find the containers at craft supply stores. We decorated the lids of our containers with stickers and beads for a finishing touch.

DIY peppermint lip balm


  • 1 tablespoon pure shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pearls (also called pellets)
  • 8 to 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 (0.5-ounce) containers



Melt the shea butter, almond oil and beeswax in the top of a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk until the ingredients are melted and turn to liquid. If your mixture doesn’t melt quickly, add it to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 10 seconds, and then whisk until everything melts.


Remove the mixture from the heat and add eight to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil.


Quickly add the mixture to a glass measuring cup with a spout, and pour it into the containers.


Allow the containers to sit for about 30 minutes until the balm is solid, and then add the lids.

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