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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lip Balm

This is a ridiculously easy recipe! As usual, the trickiest part is just figuring out where to get your ingredients. If anybody sells honey at your local farmer's market, they most likely have beeswax for sale as well. Most local health food stores or co-ops will also sell everything you need. Or, you can order online from many sellers, my favorite of which is Mountain Rose Herbs.

In double boiler* melt equal amounts Cocoa Butter and Beeswax and 3/4 that amount Jojoba Oil

For example:
1 Tbsp Cocoa Butter**
1 Tbsp Beeswax
3/4 Tbsp Jojoba Oil

Melt for at least 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add essential oils if desired. Then quickly pour into containers of your choice.

You can do so much with this basic recipe. Add peppermint essential oil for holiday gifts, tangerine for summertime, or coffee for a mocha lip balm.

You can use old lip balm tubes or buy some new online (these are also available at Mountain Rose Herbs). I picked some up at Joanne Etc once when I didn't have time to wait for shipping.

*If you don't have a double boiler, you can place a glass measuring cup on a canning jar ring inside a larger pot of water. If you don't have a canning ring, you can just hang the measuring cup over the side of the pot.

**Be sure to get natural cocoa butter (not refined) for that great natural chocolate scent!

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