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Weigh out and combine all of your ingredients (minus the essential oil) into a heat proof beaker or jug. Pyrex works quite well.Then, set up a makeshift water bath. You can do this by filling a pan with a couple of inches of water (pre-boiled with a kettle for efficiency) and then bring to a boil. Then, turn down the heat so that it is just simmering.Then you can pop your jug with all our lovely ingredients into the water. Leave to melt for 15-20 minutes. It may help to give the mixture a stir every now and then, but not too often or you’ll lose some of your mixture on the spoon.
Once your wax and hard butter have completely melted, remove from the water bath and place to one side to cool for 5 minutes. Take care not to burn yourself, as the glass will be very hot.
Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add your 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and give it a good mix.
Taking care not spill, fill your lip balm tubes with the mixture, leaving a couple of centimeters from the top.Let your mixture cool in the tubes for about an hour before using, otherwise, it’ll be much too soft.
You can make use of small balm pots rather than tubes if you prefer, although chapstick tubes are inexpensive, readily available here, and lend a more professional touch to the finished product.