A soothing, hydrating lip balm is first on our list of beauty must-haves for winter. But many conventional balms contain petroleum and mineral oil, two oil byproducts you probably don’t want anywhere near your lips. (It’s worth noting the European Union has actually banned the use of petroleum in personal care products.)
That’s why we recommend whipping up your own using two hydrating, all-natural emollients—coconut oil and shea butter. For a festive touch and minty-fresh flavor, add some food-grade peppermint oil. Not a fan of candy canes? Vanilla extract works too!
What’s really great about this recipe is you can stick to the basic version, or add a few shavings of your favorite lipstick for a hint of tint. Another tip: make a few extra tubes or jars for a creative, homemade stocking stuffer everyone on your list will love.
DIY Peppermint Lip Balm
What You Need
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon shea butter
8 drops food-grade peppermint oil or flavor extract
Optional: a few shavings of your favorite lipstick (we used Mineral Hygienics in Wild One)
Heat coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler until melted. Add peppermint oil and stir to combine.
Add lipstick shavings (if using) and stir until thoroughly combined.
Transfer mixture immediately to a small jar with lid or empty chapstick tube (an eyedropper makes this step really easy!). Let set at least two hours.
Now you’re all set to heal, hydrate and protect your lips—just in time for mistletoe season.