I am quite smitten with this glossy, fragrant London Fog Lip Balm. Inspired by the lovely latte made with Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup, it conjures up memories of misty days wandering cobblestone lined streets with a woolen jacket and a chunky scarf. Perhaps you’re wearing a pair of knee-high boots and carrying a worn leather bag carrying a favourite book and a stamped postcard in need of a postbox. There’s a cafΓ© in the square up ahead where you’ll warm up with a London Fog and do some people watching from a booth in the corner. There’s something just lovely about misty cities.

How to Make London Fog Lip Balm

How to Make London Fog Lip Balm

The base is a smooth blend of beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil. It melts wonderfully on contact with the skin, but has proven itself stable in my pocket. There’s just enough beeswax to help the lip balm stick around and do its job, but without being tacky on your lips.

How to Make London Fog Lip Balm
How to Make London Fog Lip Balm

For essential oils, mellow vanilla-like benzoin mingles with the deep, tea-like scent of palmarosa and a hit of bright bergamot. My friends are constantly surprised by how much these three essential oils smell like a lovely tea latte, and I think you will be, too. It’s a great lip balmβ€”give it a go πŸ™‚

London Fog Lip Balm

4g | 0.14oz beeswax
6g | 0.21oz virgin coconut oil
5g | 0.17oz cocoa butter
10g | 0.35oz sweet almond oil

2 blobs benzoin essential oil
4 drops bergapatene-free bergamot essential oil
4 drops palmarosa essential oil

Weigh the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil out into a small heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place that measuring cup in a small saucepan with about 3cm/1″ of barely simmering water in it, and melt in that double boiler (this will take about five to ten minutes).

Once everything has melted, remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the essential oils using a flexible silicone spatula.

Pour the melted mixture into five lip balm tubes, and let them set up before capping and labelling (I use these labels). Enjoy!

Don’t have some of the oils called for in this recipe? Read this for information on making substitutions!

How to Make London Fog Lip Balm
How to Make London Fog Lip Balm

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