Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DIY Chocolate Lip Balms | Gift Idea

I love making lip balms because they're so easy and fun to make, but everyone loves them. They also make great gifts for groups of people, because it's easy to mass produce batches of homemade lip balms. This particular recipe only has four ingredients, and none of them are hard to find. I also love that it only takes about 20 minutes to make from start to finish. The lip balm itself smells like chocolate chips, and is really moisturizing on the lips... it actually works well!

As for the little colourful pots that I made the lip balm in, I bought them at a store called Solutions... there were 12 containers in various colours in each set for around $5.

To make these lip balms, you'll need:
  • 1 part beeswax (I used pellets)
  • 2 parts cocoa butter
  • 2 parts coconut oil
  • cocoa powder (desired amount... not too much though!)
  • A microwave safe container 
  • Pots or tubes that you'll fill with lip balm

Start by measuring out the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil and putting it in a microwave safe container. 
Put this into the microwave for 45 second blasts until the ingredients are all melted together. Don't go too far though, you don't want the ingredients to boil or overflow while you're not paying attention! My mixture took about 5 blasts. 
*The beeswax will take the longest to melt, but don't be discouraged, you'll get there eventually!*

Once all of the above ingredients are melted together, take the container out of the microwave. Quickly mix in some cocoa powder until you achieve the desired colour. The cocoa powder will also add to the chocolate chip scent. Once there are absolutely no clumps of cocoa powder left, carefully pour the liquid into each pot or tube until they are full.
You'll want to let these pots sit for about an hour just to be safe... this recipe of lip balm sets fairly quickly. Or, you can wait until the tops of the lip balms have set (about two minutes), and carefully put them in the fridge for about ten minutes. THe lip balms should be ready by the end!

If there are any imperfections like little dips or lumps in the top of the lip balms, just simply use a blow dryer on "hot", and carefully melt just the top of the lip balm. It will set again, making the top look nice and shiny, and smooth.

Have you ever made your own lip balm? Let me know in the comments below :)

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