Natural Remedies

{Naturals} Honey Chocolate & Honey Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

lipbalm For my family, lip balm needs to do a lot of things: moisturize without being sticky or slick, not dry out our lips within a few minutes of wear.  It must provide a bit of color (just for fun), heal chapped lips and lip lickers rash, be able to the withstand everyday abuse of 6 year-olds and pockets.  Several manufactured lip balms, or chapsticks, helped, but none met all of our needs. So I decided to start playing with different oils, herbs, and colors.  The Honey Chocolate and Honey Chocolate Mint are by far my girls favorite, and it meets all of our needs.

It is simple to make, and can be customized to fit anyone’s needs/wants.

Honey Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

1 1/2 oz (1 1/2 Tbsp) grated bees wax – I use a cheese grate and grate my block of wax, but I have read that bees wax pellets work well too.
1 Tbsp Shea Butter
1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
1/4 Tbsp Raw Honey
1 tsp cocoa powder – I used Hersey’s Dark Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp dried Peppermint leaves – if using dried whole peppermint leaves, crush them just before measuring
1 Vit. E capsule

2 small clean pots (like the white ones in the image)

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In a small sauce pan, add Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond oil and melt on simmer. Once the oils are melted, add lipbalm(2)the peppermint leaves, and simmer for 5 minutes.  You do not want the oil and peppermint to boil. If this happens, remove from heat until the bubbles settle, lower the heat and return to the stove.  

After 5 minutes, the oil should have a slight smell of peppermint. Strain the herbs into a small container, scrapping out the pot to ensure all the oil is out.  Wipe out the pot to remove any remaining herbs and return it to the stove.  Gently press the herbs in the sieve to get the remaining oils out. Once everything has been drained and pressed, return the oil to the pot.  Scrape the cup out to get as much oil out as possible. If a small bit of peppermint leaves remain in the oil, strain them again, over the pot, as you pour the oils back in.

Bring the oils back up to a low simmer – remember no bubbles, and add the honey, stirring until melted.  Once the honey is melted add the beeswax.  Stir the beeswax until it melts into the honey-oil.  Remove the mixture from heat and gently whisk in cocoa powder, – whisking too fast will cause air bubbles in the final product (i.e. the frothy containers above),making sure the cocoa fully incorporates into the oils (approx 30-40 seconds).  Puncture the Vit E and add it to the oils.  Stir  until combined (approx. 30 seconds).  

Gently stir the balm – so the honey doesn’t settle – as you pour, or spoon, the balm into the pots.  Set the pots aside to harden (approx. 2-3 hours).  The balm will appear set within the hour, but the inside will remain soft. Try to let it sit as long as possible before using.

Once it is cool, apply to lips and enjoy!

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Honey  Chocolate Lip Balm

2 oz (2 Tbsp) grated bees wax
1/4 tsp Shea Butter
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/2 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
1 1/2 – 2 tsp Raw Honey
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 Vit. E capsule

2 small clean pots (like the white ones in the image)

In a small sauce pan, add Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond oil and melt on simmer.  Once the oils are all melted together, add the beeswax and stir until melted.  Once it is melted, slightly increase the temperature and add the honey.  Stir the honey until it dissolves into the wax/oil mixture. Raising the temperature may cause small bubbles to appear, just keep stirring and reduce the heat – or remove the pan from the heat, as soon as the honey has melted into the mixture.

Remove the mixture from heat and gently whisk in cocoa powder – whisking too fast will cause air bubbles in the final product (i.e. the frothy containers above), making sure the cocoa fully incorporates into the oils (approx 30-40 seconds).  Puncture the Vit E and add it to the oils.  Stir  until combined (approx. 30 seconds).

Gently stir the balm – so the honey doesn’t settle – as you pour, or spoon, the balm into the pots.  Set the pots aside to harden (approx. 2-3 hours).  The balm will appear set within the hour, but the inside will remain soft. Try to let it sit as long as possible before using.

Once it is cool, apply to lips and enjoy!

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Both Recipes make 3 oz, or 2 – 1 1/2 oz containers
Lasts for months

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If you wish to use this recipe without the chocolate, simply omit the chocolate from the Honey Chocolate recipe and use as is.  If you can find it, you can also substitute a 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of beet powder for cocoa powder for a red tint.

You can also play with the herbs in the recipe.  I have many different herbs used in lip balms.  If you change the herb, please make sure you know how to use the herb(s) you are adding. This herb works for my family, and I am familiar with it.

While this recipe does not contain essential oils, I have seen many recipes that use them.  I am no way endorsing the use of essential oils in lip balm, but would like you to use care if you so choose to do it.  If you choose to add essential oils to any of the recipes above, please do so in a room with ventilation, add it at the end of the recipe with the Vit. E, and add no more than a few drops of oils.  Remember citrus oils are photosensitive, so please use them with care.  Like with the herbs, please know the oils you adding.

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Enjoy!

 

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One thought on “{Naturals} Honey Chocolate & Honey Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

  1. I really liked it. Jennifer gave me the one with Chocolate mint. I would have heated it just a bit longer and it would have been smoother but overall this is a great recipe.

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