–out of no where-
If my lips get the least bit dry, they’re completely cracked within a few hours. Heavy, waxy lip balms only make my problem worse.
A few months ago, I came across a recipe for natural lip balm. I wish I would have bookmarked it – instead it’s just in my memory so I’m sure it’s a little different from the actual recipe.
Now that it's November and I’m in need of some lip balm, I tried this and it turned out great. It’s not heavy at all. It smells great, tastes great, and keeps my lips moist.
Here’s what I did:
I’ve been collecting cosmetic containers as they’ve been emptied. I washed them in hot, soapy water and let them air dry.
Wouldn’t it be great to just open your chapstick and find this?
You need some cocoa butter as the base. It’s almost rock hard at room temp so it needs to be cut with some vitamin E oil. The chocolate is for color and flavor. So, add more or less chocolate chips depending on what color you would like for your lip balm. If you want a colorless balm, you could use white chocolate instead.
Sooo, when you run out of cosmetic containers to fill, look for whatever works! Here’s a brand new contact lens case sitting unused in my closet. It works great.
Chocolate Orange Lip Balm
3-4 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter
3-10 Chocolate Chips
½ tsp Vitamin E Oil
¼ tsp Orange Extract
Melt the cocoa butter in the microwave until it’s a liquid. Measure 3-4 tablespoons into a microwaveable (preferably pourable) cup. I used a pyrex measuring cup.
Add the chocolate chips and stir to melt. You may have to microwave the mixture again for the chips to fully melt. Add vitamin E oil and orange extract. Ahhh, it smells glorious. Stir to combine and pour mixture into lip balm container(s).
Place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to firm.
I got a little crafty with this old chapstick container. If you do this, make sure to put the container in the freezer for a few minutes before you fill it with hot, melty lip balm. Otherwise, it will leak a little until it firms.
Now… What to do with these leftover chocolate chips? Hmmm…
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