The original plan was to get everyone a tube of Burt’s Bees Ultra-Conditioning lip balm, which is one of my favorite products this year. It’s mostly coconut oil with kokum butter and other beautiful things and it’s helped immensely with my winter-dry lips.
Ultimately, I decided to go craftier, though: I made my own lip balm. It was a ton of fun, and now you get a twofer: two Teresa-made balms AND a product recommendation.
So: I’ve included two 0.25oz. pots of lip balm in are two flavors, buttercream and winter clementine. (I also made a blueberry flavor, but it didn’t turn out as well.) They’re lip-safe, technically-edible ingredients, and I sweetened them both with honey. (You might be able to see some honey on the bottoms of the pots, especially the clementine – it separated before the balm hardened!
Here’s a picture:
My first instinct was that winter clementine is the lighter of the two; buttercream the more yellowy one on the right. My second instinct was the opposite. But buttercream has an absolutely unmistakable scent, so you should be able to figure it out. (Someone comment and let me know which is which! I only kept a Dixie cup of the leftover balm, which looks different than the pots.)
The base ingredients are coconut oil, beeswax, sweet-almond oil, and avocado oil. The only things added from there were organic honey and a tiny bit of flavoring oils. These should last for at least a year, in terms of expiration, but make sure to keep them somewhere cool. The base does soften or melt when heated.