Making your own beauty products is a great way to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. One of the easiest products to make is a natural lip balm made with coconut oil. In addition to being a healthy alternative cooking oil, coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for your entire body.
To make a honey orange flavored lip balm, you will need:
*2 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
*1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
* ½ tablespoon raw honey
* 10 drops orange essential oil
Place the coconut oil and beeswax in a glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup inside a small saucepan filled with about one inch of water to create a double boiler. Melt over low heat, stirring frequently.
Once the coconut oil and beeswax is melted, add your honey and essential oil. Stir well.
Carefully pour the mixture into the containers of your choice. If you don’t want to purchase cosmetic containers, you can use recycled candy tins or plastic Easter eggs. Plastic Easter eggs give you a lip balm that is reminiscent of the eos brand lip balm spheres. Use an old egg carton to keep the containers level for filling.
After about 20 minutes, your lip balm should be ready to use.
If you’re feeling creative, try swapping lemon essential oil, vanilla essential oil, or cinnamon essential oil for the orange essential oil. A pinch of dark unsweetened cocoa will give you a honey chocolate lip balm with a slight tint. To make an unflavored lip balm, leave out the honey and sweet orange essential oil.
This recipe should make three to four lip balms, depending upon the size of your containers. Your lip balm will keep for six to eight months. If you want to make a lip balm that lasts longer, add a few drops of vitamin E oil to the mixture before pouring it into your containers. In addition to being a great moisturizer, Vitamin E oil is a natural preservative.
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