Homemade Cocoa Lip balm
I had done my first batch of lip balms last December and they were a great success with family and friends. I had used one part bees wax with four parts grapeseed oil and added lavender essential oil. This time I decided to go a step further and made these lovely balms using finer ingredients.
These home-made lip balms offer plenty of benefits:
- Coconut oil provides hydration and smooth lips. The fatty acids in coconut oil create a barrier and lock moisture in so that lips remain free from cracks.
- Lavender essential oils helps restore chapped or sun burnt lips because of it’s natural healing and skin restoring properties.
- Beeswax is also a natural healer and provides slight anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities which can benefit the sensitive skin.
- Cocoa butter is another great ingredient which forms a protective barrier by supplying and retaining moisture in the lips. Cocoa butter also contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, which can help slow the signs of aging.
- 40g coconut oil
- 40g cocoa butter
- 20g beeswax
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon beetroot powder (optional for a rosy colour)
- Start by melting the beeswax in a double boiler.
- When half of the beeswax has melted, add in the cocoa butter and stir from time to time.
- When bees wax and cocoa butter have melted completely, add in the coconut oil and stir to incorporate well. In summer the coconut oil will be liquid so it will easily mix in, otherwise you can add it together with the cocoa butter mix and allow to melt while stirring.
- Add in the beetroot powder if using and stir until all lumps have dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the lavender oil. Mix well with the back of a spoon or with a spatula.
- Pour into lip balm containers or small jars. Discard any residue remaining on the bottom of your pot to avoid ending up with ‘peat’ in the balms (you want your balms to be smooth ;) ).
- This recipe will make approximately 9 x 10ml tubs.