Last Minute Gift Idea: Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm

I love making homemade gifts. The love that goes into creating a gift with your own hands makes it so special and personal.  This time of year, lip balm is a gift you can’t go wrong with – it makes for a perfect gift topper or stocking stuffer that is oh so usable. This recipe for peppermint lip balm is easy and all natural, and the end result is perfect for the cold winter months ahead.

The coconut oil and shea butter act as natural moisturizers, while the addition of peppermint essential oil gives your lips that refreshing tingly feeling (and smells amazing).

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Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm
Makes 2 tins


1 tbsp beeswax

1 tbsp shea butter

1 tbsp coconut oil

3-4 drops peppermint essential oil


Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil. You can easily create your own double boiler if you have a Mason jar and small pot or saucepan. Mason jars can withstand high heat, so you can place it in the pot or pan on medium- to high heat, and melt the ingredients inside the Mason jar. Once the wax has fully melted and mixed with the coconut oil and shea butter, turn off the heat and add about 3-4 drops of the peppermint essential oil. Stir and quickly pour into the tins. To speed up the hardening process, you can place the tins in the fridge or freezer.

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I love the idea of putting the tins in little gift bags and using them as toppers this holiday season!

Stay tuned for more DIY gift wrapping inspiration coming tomorrow!

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9 years ago

Just curious…what size tin did you use? And do you have a recommendation on where to find them? Thanks! :)

9 years ago

Hi Free Spirt <3 I want to thank you for sharing such inspiring ideas and a great blog! I wish you a Beautiful Christamas and hope all your Dreams come true! Namaste from Veronica in Sweden

9 years ago

I love the DIY tips you guys give. There’s nothing more fun and relaxing than getting together with my friends and doing something like this

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9 years ago

Awesome. Peppermint smells so fantastic.

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Lovely idea! I m sure i ll try it!

9 years ago

I love the idea of using peppermint essential oil in homemade my lip balm during the holidays. Nothing is better than handmade gifts!

9 years ago

Can a different essential oil be substituted for peppermint? For example, vanilla essential oil?

9 years ago

Where do you recommend getting the ingredients?

9 years ago

I love this!!!! Pinning to make later :) such an awesome post.

8 years ago

Lovely tutorial! Just wondering, if this in in a hot car, purse, or pocket, will it melt?

7 years ago

Thanks for this post, We have been looking online for how to make this at home instead of ordering it from a manufacture.

5 years ago