Friday, November 22, 2013

Quick and Easy Lip Balm

My lips were dry, cracking and very painful. I needed a solution and quick! I went to my lovely Lotions and Potions cabinet (where I keep all my wonderful ingredients that I am collecting) and pulled out a few ingredients I thought would make a good, healing lip balm. I was not disappointed! I whipped up a lip balm within a few minutes and applied it as soon as it was cool enough to touch. By the next morning, my lips were much, much better. After a few more applications, my lips were back to normal. I was hooked.

Here is what you will need:

2 Tbsp grated or granulated beeswax
2 Tbsp cocoa butter
3 Tbsp sweet almond oil (grapeseed, coconut or olive oil would be suitable substitutions)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp jojoba oil (replace with vitamin E oil if you want)
1 tsp vitamin E oil
1 tsp argan oil (you can use vitamin E oil instead, but it may not heal your lips as quickly)
5 drops peppermint essential oil

microwave-safe bowl (or double boiler)
bamboo skewer, chopstick or toothpick to stir
containers for lip balm (There are some nice little tin containers at Rose Mountain Herbs. I like the 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce tins for lip balm.)

This recipe will make 2-3 small containers of lip balm.

Since this makes such a small amount, I usually melt the beeswax and cocoa butter in the microwave instead of getting out and dirtying the double boiler. Place the beeswax and cocoa butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave at 80% for 30 seconds at a time. When the wax and butter are melted, stir with a bamboo skewer.

Add the remaining ingredients, stir again, reheating if necessary. The beeswax will harden quickly if it cools down. Pour into containers.

Allow the lip balm to cool for several hours. When it has cooled for a few minutes it will be smooth and shiny and will have begun to harden. But it is not hardened completely yet. You may want to touch it. The temptation will be strong. Do not. Do not touch it. You will regret it. You will leave a smudge or finger print on it and mess up the pretty shine. This is a true test of self-control. No, I have NOT touched my freshly cooling lip balm. La la la la la...

I find the balance of cocoa and peppermint to be a perfect scent. It smells good enough to eat. And I suppose you could eat it if you really wanted to, but I would recommend not eating it.

Have fun making lip balm! They make perfect Christmas gifts, too!

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