My lips have been so chapped with this intolerable summer heat! Yesterday morning I woke up and decided I had to do something about it.I was looking for a simple healing balm that would help nurture my chapped lips back to their soft and luscious state and guess what I discovered? Chap sticks are loaded with a bunch of toxic garbage that has no business being in health or beauty products, like...
Arachidyl propionate, camphor, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, light mineral oil, methylparaben, paraffin, propylparaben.
Are you okay with this? Because I'm not. Read more about the dangers of the above ingredients here.
And of course you could find a very suitable and healthy chapstick option at a health food store, I have in the past! But there is just a certain sense of joy and satisfaction I get from making things myself. Also, I had the ingredients on hand and the nearest health food store is 20 minutes away. No-brainer.
Organic cocoa butter
Organic unrefined coconut oil
Candelilla wax or beeswax
Organic culinary rose petals
Organic pure almond extract
-If you do not have rose petals you can use essential oils to your liking.
-You can omit the almond extract, which is used for scent, and replace with vanilla or nix it all together. *Just remember if you are using an essential oil, you won't need to add an extract for scent.
You can make as much of this or as little as this as you want. Keep in mind that you need to have a 3 to 1 ratio of fats to wax. So 2 teaspoons of cocoa butter plus 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (totaling 3 teaspoons of fat) will need to be balanced with 1 teaspoon of wax.
In a small pot over the stove add the wax and allow it to melt down into a liquid. Next add in the fats, along with a pinch of rose petals, stir until incorporated. Add in a dash of extract for scent. Pour into little tin(s), then using a small spoon skim off the bubbles gathering on the surface before allowing to cool at room temperature.
If you're not crazy about the consistency you melt it down again and adjust to your liking. This ratio will leave it hard at room temperature but still soft enough to spread over your lips.
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