As someone who grew up in a household that used a name brand, commercially produced lip balm, I vowed to make my own some day. The store-bought brand left me yearning for something better. The store brand? You know the one. Plastic tube. Came in plain and later in cherry scented varieties. It left your lips feeling heavy, coated in wax. I searched for less offensive alternatives. Remember the one in the tin that had a medicinal aroma? Yeah. I didn’t like that one either.
Now as an adult, I have discovered the world of carrier oils, butters, beeswax, and essential oils. After learning the properties of some of these wonderful items, it dawned on me that I could make a soothing lip balm without a heavy, cakey texture and it didn’t have to smell like medicine.
Before making the balm, be sure that you have containers on hand. For lip balms, I like to use ones that hold 1/4 oz. It is the perfect size to slip into jeans, a purse, or even a purse.
Chocolate Scented Lip Balm
- 2 oz. beeswax
- 1/2 oz. coconut oil
- 1/2 oz. apricot kernel oil
- 1/2 oz. cocoa butter
- 1/8 oz. vitamin E oil
Prepare a double boiler (put 1″ of water in the bottom pan) and place over medium heat. Place the beeswax in the top section of the doubler and stir until melted. Once melted, add the cocoa butter and allow to melt into beeswax. Add the remaining two oils. NOTE: if the oils are cool, they may cause the cocoa butter and beeswax to solidify initially once added to the pan. Keep the mixture over heat until everything is melted and well combined.
For the most accurate results, use a digital scale to measure the ingredients by weight.
Before removing the double boiler from heat, have your containers ready. Take the lids off of them and have them lined up, ready to be filled. At this point, do not all anything to distract (television, phone, doorbell). Fill the containers immediately as the mixture will begin to cool and begin to set up in under 10 minutes. Fill containers.
As the lip balm cools, it will turn lighter in color and begin to harden. The chocolate aroma from the cocoa butter is noticeable and does not diminish when the balm has set up. Once it is cool, go ahead and place the lid on the container. The lip balm is now ready for you to enjoy (or give away as gifts).
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