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Make Your Own Glossy Lip Balm

Whip up this wonderfully nourishing — and delightfully glossy — lip balm to give as a gift to everyone on your list this Christmas.

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
Homemade Lip Balm GiftDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 tsp. cocoa butter, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp. beeswax
  • 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
  • 2 drops of sweet orange or peppermint essential oil
  • 1 small whisk
  • 1 small recycled eye cream or lip balm jar and lid, sterilized

Step 1

Put the cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond oil and beeswax in a heatproof bowl and melt them together in a double boiler.

Melt Oil IngredientsDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Remove from heat. Add the gel and your choice of essential oil (peppermint is invigorating and zingy; orange is aromatic and delectable).

Making Lip BalmDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Mix the ingredients together using the whisk. The ingredients will cool quite quickly as you whisk and turn an opaque color.

Whisk Lip Balm Ingredients TogetherDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Decant the mixture into the sterilized jar with a clean, dry teaspoon, and seal. Then package the lip balm.

Decant Balm MixtureDK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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