If you plan on giving soapy presents for the holidays, we highly recommend ordering all your supplies now to ensure you get everything on time! To help you brainstorm fun holiday crafts, we gave our Valentine’s Day Embedded Hearts tutorial a jolly little twist. The technique is similar, but for this project we’re giving you a free PDF template so you can create your own tree and snowflake embeds from scratch. Not only that, this project uses two fantastic fragrances — Woodland Elves and Sleigh Ride – for a quintessential holiday scent.
You can never have too many stocking stuffers, and these minty little lip balms are perfect if you need a last minute gift. Our Bramble Berry Lip Balm Base come premixed and ready to go — all you need to do is melt it down and pour into a container! For this design, we got creative and used a kebab skewer to mimic the famous Starlight Mint candies, and then flavored them with Mint Julep Flavor Oil. They’re a quick and easy minty treat!
What You’ll Need:
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NOTE: This recipe used to contain Shamrock Green Mica, which was reformulated in November 2017 and is no longer lip safe. It now uses Apple Moss Green Mica, so the color will look different than pictured.
ONE: In a heat-safe container, melt 2.5 oz. of lip balm base on 30 second bursts in the microwave. If you attempt to just heat the base without stopping and stirring in between 30 second bursts, it’s possible to shatter glass so take a little longer and make your microwave happy. Add 1 scoop of Super Pearly White Mica to the melted base and stir.
TWO: After the colorant has been fully incorporated into the base, use a dropper to add 5 drops of the Mint Julep Flavor Oil and stir.
THREE: Set out the lip butter pots and slowly pour the mixture into each. Each pot will hold about 1/2 inch of melted base or .25 oz.
FOUR: Melt 1 oz. of lip balm base and add 2 scoops of Apple Moss Green Mica. Give the mixture a good stir, and then add 2 – 3 drops of Mint Julep Flavor Oil.
FIVE: Give the base 10 – 15 minutes to harden before carving out space for the green base. Using a chopstick (or in our case, a kebab skewer) make a dot in the center of the lip balm. From the center, draw a curved line to the edge of the pot. In the center again, make another curved line following the first. You should end up with something that looks like a bent over triangle. Repeat this 4 more times to create two more triangle shapes.
SIX: Using a dropper again, fill the cavities with the melted green base. It’s okay if a little spills over because you can clean it up after it hardens.
SEVEN: Some of the green base may have spilled over, but that’s okay. Using a paper towel, gently wipe the green base away. Finish the lip balms by gently going over the tops with a heat gun on low until the balm is a little bit shiny. This will fill in any gaps or bunches in the surface. Allow to harden.
Clean-up can be challenging without the right way to do it. I throw away the droppers (sad, but true) and clean up my melting and mixing containers by melting down melt and pour scraps (any soap that didn’t work out, or if you only soap to perfection each time, brand new melt and pour). Then, stir really well, coat the entire cup and try to get all the wax and oil incorporated in. Pour this bar of soap and use it yourself for an ultra-luxe bar of melt and pour soap or just pour directly into garbage can (do not pour down your drain). Viola!
Your minty holiday lip balm is ready to use (or give away!) immediately.