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I can’t really remember if I was a big fan of Peeps marshmallow candies when I was a kid, or not. I do remember the shape of them seemed awesome. I’m not sure if the shape has changed or if I’m just less impressed by it these days.
I mean, he’s kind of a weird looking dude, right? But when I was shopping at the store this month and I kept seeing these things everywhere. And I kept thinking about how my nephews would wig OUT over a package and take them clean out, making themselves sick in the process, if you didn’t monitor them closely. Figuring there had to be something to it I bought a few packages to taste test as a cynical adult.
I grabbed a classic yellow box, some flavored like fruit punch, despite the fact that I can’t stand the flavor of fruit punch (what the hey?) and cotton candy flavored because cotton candy is my jam. And I actually bought 2 forgetting the first that I was uber curious about on a trip to the grocery store. In all honesty, so far I’ve only opened one package of the cotton candy flavored and it took me quite a while to open them up. Something about them seemed so off-putting. Maybe it was all of that obvious sugar?
And then, one day, I just did it. I only ate half of one, the super strong sugary sweetness just too much to take in any more, but I was in love. YUM. Cotton Candy Peeps are the bomb, y’all. And since they ARE so sweet I only eat a little bit instead of like a candy bar and half worth of chocolate or something. That’s gotta be good for my figure, right? :)
Down with all things marshmallow flavored right now and inspired by the packages of Peeps strewn across my desk, I made some Peeps inspired marshmallow flavored lip balm.
Want to make marshmallow lip balm that will totally remind you of Peeps?
For this project you will need:
- 1/2 tablespoon beeswax pellets
- 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil (firm)
- 1/2 teaspoon marshmallow flavoring
- lip balm tubes (I also used these, though they aren’t as pretty as the colorful ones)
- big eyedropper (I used mine from a gummy bear making set)
I have no clue where these empty lip balm tubes came from. They are short and fat but hold the same amount as a normal tube of balm, but, again, I cannot locate where I sourced these from. I did also use these plain white balm tubes and they worked perfectly fine, they just weren’t quite as cute as the colorful ones. These have colorful lids and bottoms but they’re quite a bit different. If I find where I got these cuties from, I’ll update here!
The amounts for the lip balm recipe above are for a super soft lip balm that probably won’t be great in your pocket during warm weather but never fear, the ratio can easily be changed. For a firmer lip balm you’ll increase the beeswax and reduce the coconut oil. I’d shoot for an even 1 to 1 changing the recipe to 1 tablespoon of beeswax per 1 tablespoon of oil. If too firm the lip balm is more difficult to spread on your lips and kind of hurts when you rub it on and lip balm shouldn’t hurt, right? :)
Before we get started with making our lip balm let’s be sure our tubes are prepped with the lids off and the inside area screwed all of the way to the bottom.
In a microwave-safe glass measuring cup melt your beeswax in 30-second increments until only a few pellets remain in mostly melted liquid wax.
Add in your coconut oil and stir in. The wax gets so hot it’s entirely possible that you can melt your coconut oil without any additional time in the microwave, but if your mixture is cloudy or clumpy with unmelted oil, zap in the microwave for 5-10 second intervals until clear like you see above.
Once fully melted, add your flavoring and stir gently to incorporate.
There are lots of fancy items that you can use to make lip balm like tube holders and that’s cool, and all, but since I’m only making 3-4 tubes of balm a go completely an unnecessary expense. If you have a decent eyedropper around that’s all you need to make lip balm in tubes cleanly and like a total pro. I got this eyedropper with my gummy bear making set and it’s fab-o. Actually, I got 2 and I love them. I use one for food only, like gummy bears and I use the other one for craftier endeavors. You can also purchase eyedroppers at the pharmacy or you can buy ones similar to what I’m using from my candy making kit, 4 to a set on Amazon here.
Filling your eyedropper to the max, grab a hold of that melted wax/oil/flavoring business and squeeze it right into the lip balm tube. Fill it all the way to the tippy top.
Work on a clean, flat surface away from pets or anything that might knock these guys over. Once you fill the balm allow it to set up, at least 20 minutes before moving.
As your lip balm sets up you’ll start to notice that it isn’t perfectly flat. Instead, there’s a concave meniscus or a curve where the particles of the lip balm are more attracted to the sides of the tubes than to themselves. I suppose if you were super worried about it you could use a razor blade to smooth the top of, but it will disappear with just a few uses of the finished balm, so I wouldn’t sweat it. Isn’t it awesome what you can learn on the internet? :)
Science lesson aside, this tasty, marshmallow flavored lip balm is the bomb. And it’s so easy and inexpensive to make, to boot! AND you can use any Lorann Flavored Oil to make YOUR favorite flavor of lip balm. Peach sounds just peachy, right? And strawberry everything is divine!