|A finished container.|
I started by making a bunch of lip balms flavored/scented with lemongrass, menthol, and eucalyptus.
A Bunch of Lemongrass Lip Balms
- 1/3 cup beeswax pellets
- 3 tablespoons shea butter
- 1 tablespoon emu oil
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 10 drops menthol, spearmint, or peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
Melt down all ingredients except the essential oils in a double boiler (take a heat-safe bowl and put it in a saucepan with about an inch of water and put it over the oven; melt the ingredients in the bowl). Take it off the heat and, when the mix is slightly cooler but not at the point of hardening, add the essential oils. This particular mix is lemony with a pleasing coolness... you can add more menthol if you wish for more tingling on the lips. Pour into containers the size you wish (I use 1/4 ounce metal tins).
This is a slightly hard mix. If it's too hard for you you can either add more liquid oils (emu and jojoba) or reduce the amount of beeswax.
A quick note... the menthol/mint and eucalyptus are controversial ingredients. I like them because they make my lips feel good when they already are in pain, but they can irritate some people and can even dry your lips if you use too much. The menthol-induced cooling isn't indicative of a better or more effective product, so feel free to just use lemongrass or even come up with your own mix of foodsafe essential oils.