I love my Air Conditioning in a Bottle, but it’s not hugely travel friendly. In a world of liquid carry on restrictions and fees for checking any bags, I thought it was high time I developed a solid version; Air Conditioning in a Tin.


This glossy balm is thickened with carnauba wax because I wanted something that would go on in a thin layer and absorb quickly. One of beeswax’s best properties is it’s sticky staying power, but that’s not something I want when it’s 40 degrees out.

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I’ve blended this base with a healthy dose of menthol crystals for an almost instant dose of topical cooling and peppermint goodness. A few smears of this on high circulation points will help cool anybody down quickly.


As a bonus, this balm also works wonderfully on congestion as the active ingredient (menthol) is the same thing. And as one last plus, menthol repels bugs like mosquitoes. Woo!

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So, if you’re heading somewhere warm or simply find summers at home to be a bit on the warm side, this is just the thing for you.


Air Conditioning in a Tin

10g | 0.35oz menthol crystals
8g | 0.28oz carnauba wax
40g | 1.41oz safflower oil

Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan or double boiler and melt together over medium heat.

Pour into a 30mL/1oz tin and let set up for at least three days before using.