Handmade Lip Balm – Chocolate is my Favorite!
Getting Lip Balm on your kid's lips during winter can be a real challenge sometimes. They just don’t like that greasy feel and soap taste you get with the store bought brands. So here is a solution. Make your own in some tasty flavors and never again have this problem. In fact, I predict that you will like it so much you will use it also!
Sounds like this could be a complicated project that I really don’t have time for. Well, that could not be further from the truth!
First we must gather some materials.
Beeswax – You need only a small amount but will likely find it for sale in quantities of at least several ounces. A good place to get fresh beeswax is at a farmer’s market. You can also buy it on-line at soap making supply sites.
Cocoa butter – This can be purchased at the major drugstores in the beauty section, near the moisturizers. Usually, it can be found in one ounce sticks.
Glycerin – Get the vegetable type which can usually be found in health food stores. Sometimes it can be found in craft stores as well.
Vitamin E – This is an oil that can be found in health foods stores. It helps moisturize, but really works in this recipe as a preservative. Get the pure stuff if you can. Sometimes it is mixed with glycerin which can be used if you adjust the amounts accordingly.
Honey – Whatever kind you have around.
Cocoa – I like the dark, unsweetened type as it seems to give you the best flavor. Feel free to experiment with others to see how they taste.
Containers – You can buy empty chapstick type tubes on eBay for pretty reasonable prices. You can also look for the little plastic containers used for other beauty products.
Ready to Mix? Well, here is the recipe!
3 Tablespoons of Beeswax (7/8 ounce)
4 Tablespoons of Cocoa Butter (1 3/8 ounce)
2 Teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin
2 Teaspoons of Honey
6 Drops of Vitamin E
2 Teaspoons of Cocoa Powder
Put your entire ingredient into a small metal pot that can be set into another pan with water in it. In essence this is a double boiler arrangement. Heat until all the ingredients until they have all melted. Stir regularly during the process.
As soon as the mix is melted and thoroughly mixed you are ready to fill your tubes. Use a small pouring cup or even a large eye dropper. This recipe makes about 15 to 20 tubes.
Let these cool and they are ready to use. Add some fun labels to make these lip balm uniquely your own!
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