Slow Beauty DIY: Cacao Lip Balm

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It’s funny how something so seemingly ordinary to most people can evoke memories and nostalgia in you. Chocolate lip balm is something that does that for me. When I was finishing up my final year of high school, my much loved English teacher gave us all farewell gifts to wish us luck in starting our adult lives. My gift was a little pot of chocolate lip balm. Such an ordinary thing, but now when I use chocolate lip balm I am transported back to that time and place. The feelings of apprehension and excitement about the new stage of life that lay before me. The fondness I had for my close knit English class and our teacher. The love of literature and writing and the passion for learning that our course inspired. It is some 13 years since I finished my final year of high school, but when I came up with this recipe for home made cocao lip balm recently, I began to feel as if it was only yesterday.

I am sure this lip balm won’t have the same nostalgic effect on you. But it is still a gorgeous decadent daily treat for your lips that I am sure you will enjoy indulging in. The recipe is very simple and you can make it at home with normal kitchen equipment.

Ingredients & Equipment

  • 10g bees Wax
  • 10g cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 medium sized saucepan
  • 1 small glass bowl or small saucepan
  • metal spoon for stirring
  • small jar for storing the finished lipblam

Method

Half fill the medium sized saucepan with water and heat on medium heat over the stove. Place the glass bowl or small saucepan over the water- this will serve as a double-boiler to melt the ingredients together without burning them. Add the bees wax, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil to the glass bowl/small saucepan. Stir these together until they are fully melted. Remove from the heat and stir through the cacao powder. Allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Once cooled, spoon the ingredients into your small jar for use. It will keep for about 6 months.

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This lip balm is perfect for daily or occasional use and will give relief to cracked dry lips. Unlike chemical products, the natural ingredients enhance your skins ability to nourish itself, rather than stripping your skin of it’s natural oils. The cacao gives your lips a slight tint, and you can also use this as an eye lid tint if you want (although it will rub off more readily than eyeshadow).  You could also use it as a foot or hand mask for dry skin, if you have a lot and you want to use it up! Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the recipe. In case you are wondering about the chocolate you see in the photo- it is my favourite brand of Fair-trade organic chocolate- Alter Eco. Their Dark Coconut Toffee Crunch is just divine!

 


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