Cucumber Mint Lip Balm
*Updated August 2019
Lip Balm is one of those DIY beauty products that is super easy and fun to make. With so many ways to customize, the possibilities are virtually endless.
This cucumber mint lip balm is no exception. It’s super moisturizing and made with cucumber extract so it’s also nourishing. It’s a DIY project that is made in minutes and last for months.
Not to mention, lip balms make great gifts, they’re kind of like a one size fits all gift.
cucumber mint lip balm
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I have to say that making lip balm is truly one of my most favorite products to make. I use it constantly, keeping one in the living room, my bedroom dresser, my purse, my vehicles, and the list goes on. What is so special about this particular lip balm is the amazing addition of cucumber extract.
Since I have discovered this remarkable product, I have been in endless creation mode with it as the star ingredient. I have created countless products with it including my DIY Calming Facial Toner and my DIY Hydrating Cucumber Eye Cream.
It’s extremely versatile and a little goes a long way. What’s more, it’s a fairly inexpensive item making it another win in my book. The one I’ve been using is from Brambleberry but you could try this one from Making Cosmetics.
What You’ll Need
Chamomile Essential Oil (optional)
Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)
The Goodness Inside
The incredible benefits of cucumber have been studied for years. Ingesting this tasty fruit can hydrate the skin from the inside while being low in calories and high in nutrients. Often applied as slices on the eyes, cucumbers can soothe skin.
For this recipe, we are using the extract of this nutritious fruit. Since an extract is essentially a concentrated version of chosen plant, the benefits can be more potent. And with cucumber extract, the hydration is outstanding, hence the reason I’m obsessed!
One of the other incredible ingredients is mango butter. My favorite thing about mango butter is the fact that it doesn’t clog poses. It is extremely nourishing containing Vitamins A and C as well as having high levels of antioxidants. It doesn’t have a strong smell, in fact, it barely has a scent at all.
The butter itself is actually mango kernel fat. It’s a hard butter that melts in the skin. It absorbs at a medium rate but doesn’t feel too oily upon application.
Mango butter is used to treat eczema and minor wounds. Additionally, the beauty industry uses it to help fight premature aging as well as soothe damaged or inflamed skin.
Another amazing benefit of mango butter is its natural UV protection which makes this cucumber mint lip balm a win-win for the lips.
Beeswax is widely known as an natural antibacterial and thickener in DIY beauty products. You’ll find it in almost all of my lip balm recipes. If I don’t use beeswax, I use Candelilla wax such as in my Lavender Frankincense Lip Balm. It’s an excellent alternative but it’s generally used at half the amount of beeswax.
The essential oils in this recipe are optional but I love the addition of goodness they provide. Chamomile essential oil is excellent for soothing, healing, and is considered a natural antifungal. You can read more about Chamomile essential oil here.
Peppermint essential oil is quite a popular oil. It is not only used medicinally and in DIY beauty products, it’s often used in insect repellent products. Bugs hate it. I actually make a spray with vinegar, Rosemary EO, and Peppermint EO to spray around the outside corners of my home to keep away spiders.
The topical advantages of peppermint essential oil include herpes relief, acne relief, ringworm, even scabies. It’s a potent little EO. I have a post about Peppermint Essential Oil here.
Mint is of the Lamiaceae family with many varieties and is good for fighting infection, soothing skin, as well as treating bad breath. For the mint in this recipe, I used mint from my garden, just plain ‘ol standard mint but with so many varieties, I say, have fun experimenting.
When infusing oils, there are a couple of ways to do this. Probably more than a couple. I like to heat my herb-infused oil over low heat in a double boiler for 15-20 minutes, then I remove from heat and let sit in the jar for a couple days, up to a week.
It really depends on how much of a hurry I’m in to make the product I have in mind. Generally, the longer it sits, the more the oil is permeated with the herbal constituents.
Occasionally, I will just put my jar out in the sun for a day to warm the herbs and oil and then bring it inside, letting it infuse another week or two. It’s highly recommended to let herbs sit in oils for 4-6 weeks to reap the most benefits.
It is also recommended to use dried herbs at a ratio of approximately 1 ounce of dried herb to 10 ounces of oil.
What’s cool about this particular lip balm, is over time, the mint smell seems to get stronger.
3 Tbsp Mint-Infused Oil (Originally, I used safflower oil but I recently learned that safflower is a carcinogenic so I recommend using apricot kernel oil or coconut oil)
3/4 Tbsp Beeswax
1/2 Tbsp Mango Butter
1/4 Tsp Cucumber Extract
4 Drops Chamomile Essential Oil
4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
-Combine beeswax, mango butter, and infused-oil in a double boiler and allow ingredients to completely melt. Remove from heat, add cucumber extract and stir, then add essential oils and stir. Pour into container and allow to harden.
Makes 9-10 tubes.
DIY Cucumber mint lip balm
It’s amazing what you can do yourself. I love creating my own body products and sharing them with my friends and family and of course, my readers. If you have any questions, let me know.
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