This sweet, smooth vanilla latte swirl lip balm is downright delightful. It’s like a trip to a local café in a vibrant new city. New York, perhaps, or London. The smell of rich coffee mingles with sweet vanilla and mouth watering cocoa. A touch of optional shimmery swirl makes for a positively enviable tube of lip balmy goodness.
I decided to try something new with this lip balm and give a swirl a go. It was certainly simple enough—just divide the batch in half, stir a copper or bronze mica into one half, and then alternate pouring the two halves into the tubes, taking care to ensure the mixture is still liquid enough that the parts will mingle and swirl instead of layer.
A bit of benzoin brings sweet vanilla-like notes to the party, and a delightful hint of cocoa from cocoa butter intensifies and rounds out the coffee scent.
The final lip balm is smooth, swirly, and loaded with vanilla-coffee-cocoa goodness that’ll leave your lips happy, soft, and perhaps a bit perkier.
Vanilla Latte Swirl Lip Balm
3 blobs benzoin essential oil
5 drops coffee essential oil
1 smidgen copper or bronze mica
Measure out the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil 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). Set out 10 lip balm tubes in a row while everything melts.
Once the mixture has melted, remove it from the heat and blend in the essential oils with a flexible silicone spatula. Then divide the oil mixture in half, and stir the mica into one half. You may have to gently re-heat the halves to keep them liquid.
Pour the melted mixtures into the lip balm tubes, alternating between the colours a couple times to get a bit of swirling going on.
Let cool and harden, cap, label (I use these labels), and enjoy!
Don’t have some of the oils called for in this recipe? Read this for information on making substitutions!