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Saturday, February 01, 2014

How to Make Home Made Lip Balm - with Variations Galore!

I'm supposed to be cleaning up from a small dinner party with friends.  I'd been cooking all afternoon and had a mildly lavish spread planned.

But I'm waiting by the phone, instead.  My oldest son had a bit of an emergency this afternoon, and so I'm waiting to hear from my husband what the outcome is.

I don't do 'waiting' very well.


To keep myself from crawling up the walls, I've decided to do a little mini project to try to keep myself occupied.  My youngest son has some serious chapped lips at the moment (poor sensitive-skinned little guy!).     So I guess home made lip balm is as good a project as any!

Besides, making lip balm may sooth me, too!

It's really easy to make.  Here's how:

Equipment:
Gather your tools. . .
  • Double boiler (or a metal bowl that fits on top of a small saucepan without falling inside)
  • Grater
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Spatula
  • Heat proof lip balm containers

Ingredients:
  • 4 Teaspoons Organic Coconut Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil (Olive, Jojoba or Apricot Kernel Oil works, too)
  • 2 Teaspoons Grated Beeswax or Cocoa Butter

Method
  • Place all ingredients in the top of the double boiler 
  • Heat over simmering water, stirring until completely melted
  • Transfer balm to heat proof containers
  • Let cool until completely solid
  • (Keep away from heat, though, as coconut oil melts easily: don't put the container in your pocket!)

That's it! Of course, there are LOTS of tweaks and twists you can do to make it even better:

Choose your ingredients. . .
  • Add 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice (lavender, orange, etc.) after mix is melted and removed from heat
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil (or prick and squeeze three Vitamin E capsules) into mix after melting
  • Add 1 Teaspoon Coco Powder into mix after melting  (chocolate with orange or mint essential oil is awesome!)
  • Steep 1 Teaspoon of herbs (rosemary, thyme, lemon verbena, etc.) in mix as it's melting and strain off before pouring balm into pots
  • Steep a few organic Rose Petals, crushed, in your mix as it's melting and remove before pouring balm into pots (chocolate and rose go great together, btw!)
  • Add 1/4 - 1/2 inch slice of your favorite natural lipstick to tint the balm to your liking


Note:  The basic balm (and most variations!) is excellent for chapped hands and even feet, too, so feel free to double or triple the recipe and keep a pot of it on hand!

I wonder if it will work on a mother's frayed nerves, too?

And wait for it to cool!!!



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