As much as I generally detest winter, I will concede that it can be very pretty. My favourite winter sight is that of trees coated in sparkling ice crystals—it’s as if the entire world has been coated in diamond dust. That’s what this silver shimmer lip balm makes me think of, all the way down to the wee chill from the peppermint essential oil.
This wonderful lip balm is based on most of my other favourite lip balm recipes, with the addition of some silver mica for a bit of subtle, cool shimmer. I used my miniature measuring spoons to measure out 2 “smidgens”, which results in a shimmer that is easily mistaken for the gloss of the lip balm. Feel free to step up the amount if you prefer more shimmer.
If you’re allergic to the sweet almond oil you can use any other carrier oil that absorbs at an average speed—jojoba and olive would both be good choices.
Silver Shimmer Lip Balm
10 drops peppermint essential oil
1 dash | 1/8 tsp silver mica (I use these wee measuring spoons for such tiny amounts)
Stir in the peppermint essential oil and the mica using a flexible silicone spatula, stirring as the mixture cools a bit. Once the mixture has thickened enough to keep the mica suspended, decant into ten lip balm tubes and let cool. I like to use these labels to label my projects.
Yield: 10 tubes
Don’t have the carrier oils called for in the recipe? Read this for a guide on how to choose appropriate alternatives.