Bobbie wrote in with a request for this lovely sounding lavender cardamom lip balm—I must admit it was the mention of cardamom that pulled me in. I adore the bright, sweet note the cardamom adds to any scent blend, and I’m always looking for new places to use it. Add some lavender, and I’m sold.
The original lip balm sports a very normal and respectable list of ingredients, almost all of which I already had on hand—major points to them for that. There was a nice blend of liquid oils (including hemp and tamanu, two great healing oils), some shea butter (a perennial favourite of mine), and a citrussy blend of blood orange, lavender, and cardamom essential oils.
I kept most of the ingredients, only switching out the blood orange essential oil for some litsea cubeba essential oil. Blood orange essential oil is phototoxic, so I opted to get my citrussy punch from litsea cubeba rather than sunburn my lips.
Lavender Cardamom Lip Balm
Because some of the oils in this balm are a bit more delicate than others, we’re going to melt the beeswax (which has a pretty high melting point) into some of the “sturdier” oils, and then add the remaining oils at a lower heat to protect them. Unrefined hemp seed oil in particular can get really nasty and fishy when exposed to heat for extended periods of time (sadly, I know this from experience).
Combine the beeswax, safflower oil, and jojoba oil in a small heat resistant glass measuring cup and melt in a water bath. Once everything has melted together, remove from the heat. Dry off the cup, and weigh the remaining oils and lecithin (not the essential oils, though) into the measuring cup. Stir to combine using a flexible silicone spatula, returning to gentle heat to melt everything together.
Once all the ingredients are melted together, remove the cup from the water bath, dry it off, and count the essential oil drops into the liquid mixture, stirring to combine.