Chocolate Lip Balm

  
Eaten lots of chocolate over Christmas? Is chocolate now on the naughty list since you made New Years resolutions? Well this lip balm, may just give you that chocolate fix you crave without the calorie intake. The lip balm smells so good…with dark chocolate and vanilla blended in, it’s no wonder.  It has the added benefit of being great for your lips with calendula oil in it, which is packed with antioxidants and is brilliant at healing chapped lips.

It’s very simple to make, you just require some base ingredients (which have many other uses too) and some lip balm tubes, which are cheap and easily available on the internet. It makes 10-12 tubes and they make great pressies.  

Before you start, open up your lip balm containers and have them lined up, as when it comes to putting the mixture you need to work swiftly. 

Ingredients 

  • 30g Shea butter
  • 15g Beeswax 
  • 15g Calendula oil or almond oil
  • 1tsp Vegetable glycerin 
  • 10g Dark chocolate 
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract

Place the shea butter, beeswax, oil, into your double boiler (or similar). Melt, stirring occasionally.

 
Add the chocolate and stir till melted. Turn the heat right down if it’s not already and add the glycerin and vanilla extract, stir through thoroughly. 

Pour into your lip balm containers, but not all the way to the top.  You may need to return the mixture back to heat and stir as it does solidify quickly!  Leave a few minutes and go back and top up each container. Once set pop the lids on. 

 
Next, apply to lips, here’s one treat where a moment on the lips does not mean a lifetime on the hips!

If you like this recipe try tinted lip balm recipe here.

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    Tinted Lip Balm with Calendula

      
    Who’s lips escape the chill of winter? Not mine.  One northerly wind out on my rounds and they’re all chapped.  However, I don’t always want shop bought cosmetics with unknown ingredients to remedy the problem. With skin like mine which is fussy to the enth degree, I need to know what I’m using and it needs to be natural.  

    I’m by no means an expert at making cosmetics but willing to give it a try with the ingredients I’ve foraged or bought. So this little lip balm is tinted for something a bit different, with natural ingredients.  Beetroot and hibiscus flowers are natures own tints and although may appear vibrant when used in other ways they do just give a little tint to the lip balms.

    I have made my own Calendula oil for my lip balms, which is so easy to make and you can access the recipe here, as it’s perfect for chapped and broken skin. Its easily bought online here, if you don’t make your own. I’ve also incorporated my own beeswax, but this and other ingredients are easily sourced elsewhere.

      

    Ingredients 

    • 3 tablespoons calendula oil
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil or shea butter 
    • 2 tablespoons beeswax
    • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons beetroot/hibiscus powder or mixture
    • 20 drops lavender essential oil
    • 10 drops rosemary essential oil 

    In a double boiler pour the calendula oil, in it add the coconut oil and beeswax, stir over a low to medium heat til all have melted. (I used a metal jug in a small pan as my double boiler, this is useful later when pouring).  Usually makes 12 lip balms. 

    Next add the essential oils and tinted powder, stir again til incorporated. Prepare each tube, lids off, lined up, as you have to work fast once your ready to pour.

    Carefully but quickly (!) pour the mixture into each tube, not all the way to the top. Put your mixture back onto the double boiler and re-melt if needed. After a few minutes you will see that the lip balm mix in the tubes has sunk a little. Now is the time to go back and fill them up to the top.  Filling a vintage locket makes a great gift and a cute alternative to a traditional tube.  Leave to set before popping the lids on. Now pucker up and apply. 

     

      Calendula Oil

        

      Marigolds bring much colour to the garden, mine have only just stopped flowering even now as the year ends and a new one begins.  They are faithful friends who are not gone for long, returning year on year.  Bringing cheer to the garden they provide protection to other plants and feed the bees.  They don’t limit their kindness to the garden, harness their goodness and our skin benefits too.

      Calendula officianalis which is Marigolds other name, is great for soothing broken, irritated and chapped skin, nappy rash, eczema, sunburn and the list goes on. It is high in flavonoids which work as antioxidants protecting the body from cell damage.  It promotes wound healing, reduces inflammation through its flavonoids whilst promoting an antiseptic & antimicrobial effect (MercolaHerbwisdom).

      So why am I telling you this? Well, I wanted to make some cosmetics, maybe some lip balms and calendula oil with all the goodness it offers for chapped winter lips, it makes the perfect ingredient.  

      So plant some calendula officianalis in your garden this coming year, they are hardy plants, growing them is easy, as are their rewards.   Once it’s blooming, you can make this special oil too.  

        

      Ingredients 

      • 30g calendula flower heads
      • 250mls almond oil
      • 1 sterile jar

      Take the flower heads and plucky the petals off, place into the jar. Cover with the almond oil.  Keep the jar on a sunny windowsill for 1 week, giving it a shake daily.

       
      After 1 week, strain through a sieve lined with a muslin cloth, squeezing the cloth to get out all the goodness. Bottle and use at you please.