Home Made Flavored Lip Balms

When I was in high school at any given time, I had at least 5 different lip glosses or lip balms on me.  In my backpack, pockets, purse.  I could never go without it, dry lips are no fun and I could not (and still can not) stand the sensation.  I was given the nickname glossy after a while because of my love of lip products.  Kind of funny looking back on that.  It stuck for a while.  Nobody calls me that anymore, but having moisturized lips is still very important to me.

But now, I care more about using natural products on them. I used to love all of the fun flavors Lip Smackers had.  My favorite lip gloss was a vanilla buttercream frosting. It smelled just like cake. Just because I use natural lip gloss and balm now though doesn't mean I need to miss out on that!  There are plenty of good natural brands out there, which I buy a lot of, but I decided it was time I try my hand at lip balm making.

I finally got all of the supplies, and so I went for it last week.  I wanted to make lots of fun flavors, and I decided on Vanilla Maple, Brownie Batter, Grapefruit Rose, and Lavender Orange. My boyfriend Eric was a sport and helped me make them because he was intrigued.

They all turned out wonderful smelling, some like dessert, and some beautifully floral. These leave your lips feeling moisturized and soft which is just what one needs in the winter.  I think these would make a great gift, or part of a gift for anyone!

Home Made Flavored Lip Balms:
Each recipe makes 4 small tins

Vanilla Maple:
2 tsp carnauba wax or soy wax, grated
1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1/4 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract
seeds of half a vanilla bean
1/4 tsp maple syrup

Brownie Batter:
2 tsp carnauba wax or soy wax, grated
1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1/4 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp raw cacao powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Grapefruit Rose:
2 tsp carnauba wax or soy wax, grated
1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1/4 tsp beet juice
10 drops grapefruit essential oil
10 drops rose geranium essential oil

Lavender Orange:
2 tsp carnauba wax or soy wax, grated
1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil
10 drops each lavender and orange essential oils
1 tsp dried lavender flowers

To make the lip balm, you will need 4 small lip balm tins.  Choose your flavor, then combine the wax and oils in a small glass measuring cup and heat over a double boiler, whisking often until it is melted.  Add the remaining ingredients, and whisk until combined, then pour into the tins and let harden.

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