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 café 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.
The base is a smooth blend of beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter (USA / Canada), and sweet almond oil (USA / Canada). 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.
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 balm—give it a go 🙂
London Fog Lip Balm
Weigh the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter (USA / Canada), and sweet almond oil (USA / Canada) 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.
Don’t have some of the oils called for in this recipe? Read this for information on making substitutions!