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Honey-Mint Lip Butter

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3.5 g cera bellina pastilles or beeswax

6 g castor oil

4 g tallow

2 g jojoba

1 g squalane

5 g honey

5 drops peppermint essential oil

1/16 tsp mica powder (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients except honey, micas and essential oil in a small glass beaker or measuring cup.
  2. Heat over a double boiler (or other gentle heat source) until the oils and waxes are completely melted and liquid.
  3. Add (room temperature) honey, jojoba and squalane, and blend with a small whisk or mini mixer until the emulsion begins to lighten in color and thicken.
  4. Add essential oil and micas if using. Blend again until the balm resembles a thick gel.
  5. Transfer to pot or cosmetic container of choice. Makes enough for a 1/2-oz jar ♥


Although honey is unlikely to cause allergic reactions, if you’re allergic to pollen or other bee-related products, use honey on your skin with caution.

If you have particularly dry, chapped lips, choose a different essential oil, since the menthol in peppermint is drying and can leave lips more chapped than before.

I recommend glass containers for storing homemade lotions and potions. Glass doesn’t leach chemicals and it’s easier to clean/sterilize after the product is used up and you’re ready to refill.

If you do choose to use a plastic container, be aware that essential oils tend to react with plastic, so even if you can get it “clean,” your container will likely not be reusable.

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