DIY Peppermint & Cinnamon Lip Balm (Upcycle Altoids Smalls Tins)


Here is a fun Beauty DIY and upcycle project! I had a couple of Altoids Smalls tins and I hated just to toss them. I had recently made homemade Honey Lip Balm and thought it would be fun to make peppermint and cinnamon lip balms and upcycle the tins.

What You Need:

(This makes about 3 tins)

3 Tablespoons Shea Butter (I ordered here)

1 Tablespoon Beeswax (I ordered here)

1 capsule of vitamin E oil (optional)

1 Tablespoon of Grapeseed Oil (or Olive, Coconut- I used food grade) (I ordered here)

Candy Flavors (or essential oils- food grade) (I ordered here)

Small Tins (Like Altoids Minis) (I ordered here)


I already had a couple of tins, but I bought a few more since I wanted to make a couple of batches.


You COULD melt your ingredients in the microwave, but no matter the recipe or project I wind up scorching whatever it is…so I always use a double boiler.

Step 1:

Melt Beeswax and Shea Butter. I wait until the Beeswax is about half melted before I add the Shea. Once both are liquid, add in the oil and remove from heat.


Step 2:

Carefully pour into measuring cup and add your candy flavor or essential oil. How much is up to you. It will also depend on the strength of the product you use. I like to 5-6 drops at at time. Gently stir.


Step 3:

Carefully fill your tins. Allow to set up over night at room temperature. (Leave the lid open)


You have a fun peppermint or cinnamon lip balm.

I made sure I used high quality, natural, food grade ingredients since I plan to use this on my lips. You will also want to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients prior to use. I also want to point out that both cinnamon and peppermint have a bite. So if you don’t like the peppermint or cinnamon tingle you may want to forgo the oils/flavors.

Before I get into the simple directions, I will add… you may want to consider popping over to Pinterest and getting a few project ideas for your beeswax and shea butter. I made 9 lip balms and I still had 90% of my beeswax and shea butter left over.

It is important to note…. even though vitamin E may provide some preserving properties, these natural beauty DIY recipes do not contain a preservative. How long the balm keeps depends on many factors. It is always a good idea to inspect the balm prior to use.

If you like this Make Your Own Honey Lip Balm tutorial be sure to follow Living Chic on the Cheap on Pinterest!

….and don’t forget to take along this week’s craft coupons if you will need supplies for this project.


This post is for entertainment purposes only. Remember, this DIY project should be done by an adult. Use caution when handling hot materials. Keep out of reach of small children and animals.


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    • says

      Hi Janelle,

      Thank you!!! It was a fun project. I hope you do give it a try and come back and let me know what you think. I use the cinnamon every night. I love it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. -Jessica

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