Cocoa-Mint Lip Balm
Cocoa-Mint Lip Balm

My first attempt at lip balm was in December.  I was inspired by my friend Renee, and her wonderful blog, FIMBY.  And I thought it would make a nice original homemade Christmas gift for family.

Then some friends wanted some, and I thought I should make labels to stick on the tins, so they would know what was inside!

Tins with STICKERS
Tins with STICKERS

The second recipe I adapted myself, using cocoa-butter instead of coconut oil.  It ended up being a firmer lip balm, and I thought would lend itself better to sticks, than tins.  My testers agreed!

My first STICKS
My first STICKS

Well, as it goes with Facebook… soon MORE people wanted to try my lipbalm!  And it seemed like a fun way to earn a little extra money for our next trip to visit our Haitian boys, coming up in April.

(L) Cocoa-Mint (C) Orange (R) Peppermint
(L) Cocoa-Mint (C) Orange (R) Peppermint

And here we are, after a lipbalm making frenzy tonight!  A poll on Facebook has most people in favor of STICKS!  Also, as you can see by the photo, Cocoa-Mint is also the most popular flavor!  I wanted to try a berry flavor, but could not get an oil for that locally, so had to settle for orange- which, by the way, goes well with the coconut oil, for a lovely tropical scent!

So, while I am not looking to go into business (at THIS point anyway!), I am happy to share with you the lip-balm I have been having so much fun making!  If you would like to make a donation to our next trip to Haiti, the sticks are $2 and the tins are $3*.

I am still pricing the shipping, but if you know of someone who would like some locally homemade lip-balm, as a thank you for supporting our cause, send them our way! 🙂

waitin to come home...
waiting to come home...

*”Suggested Donation” technically, as I am NOT a business!  🙂

(I will also tell you that I cleaned my kitchen very well, and washed everything between batches, and scrubbed my hands any time I needed to touch anything else- but I am not making these in a “certified kitchen” at this point.  Who knows… maybe our homeschooling family will have a side business some day, though!)

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  • Directions
    In a small pot over medium low heat melt beeswax, coconut oil, lanolin and vitamin E. Use chopstick or other small, longish stick to stir (chopstick is perfect).
    Remove from heat and add honey and peppermint oil. Whisk well with chopstick and try to distribute oil throughout the mixture – this is tricky.
    Pour quickly into tins or jars. Let cool on counter till hard.
    This recipe makes enough for 3 – 3/4 oz tins (see photo for size) and one 1 1/2 oz jar. I reuse cosmetic jars I’ve saved from years ago when I actually bought hand lotion and such.

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