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A Lavender Lip Balm That You Can Make with Essential Oils

Soothing, fragrant, and au naturel.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Follow these instructions to make four lip balms (two cardboard tubes and two cardboard pots). Lavender essential oil's scent can be very strong; you can soften it by mixing in basil, mint, or lemon essential oil (try a ratio of 1 to 2).



  • Natural beeswax (Pictured: Natural beeswax, $8 per pound,
  • Heatproof measuring cup
  • Safflower oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Craft sticks
  • Cardboard tubes and pots (Pictured: Paperboard containers, from $27 for 12,




1. Place 2 tablespoons grated beeswax (or pellets) in a heatproof spouted measuring cup. Heat in microwave on medium for 30 seconds; stir with a craft stick. Repeat until wax is fully melted.


2. Stir in 1/4 cup safflower oil and heat for 30 seconds in microwave.


3. Add a total of 10 to 15 drops essential oil (combining scents as desired); stir.


4. Pour mixture into cardboard tubes and pots, stopping just shy of tops. Let set several hours.


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