Whip up this wonderfully nourishing and delightfully glossy lip balm to give as a gift to everyone on your list this Christmas.
This organic lip balm gives lips a pretty sheen, and its rich butters and oils nourish the skin and prevent drying — petrochemical-based balms actually dry lips out over time, whereas this balm soothes and gradually smoothes away dryness. Package the lip balm in a pretty box lined with recycled tissue paper and tied with a vintage ribbon or some natural raffia.
Put the cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond oil and beeswax in a heatproof bowl and melt them together in a double boiler.
Remove from heat. Add the gel and your choice of essential oil (peppermint is invigorating and zingy; orange is aromatic and delectable).
Mix the ingredients together using the whisk. The ingredients will cool quite quickly as you whisk and turn an opaque color.
Decant the mixture into the sterilized jar with a clean, dry teaspoon, and seal. Then package the lip balm.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008