Chocolate-Covered Orange Homemade Lip Balm - Very Moisturizing!!

From the title alone you know this tastes and smells amazing.  But what you can't get from the title is how smooth and moisturizing it feels on your lips.  It's addicting!!

Lip balm is very easy to make, takes limited ingredients, and can be done in the course of an hour.  This is a great idea for a gift or as an activity to make with children.

Coconut Oil is found in virtually every supermarket.  Although solid at room temperature, it's soft and easy to measure.  I have had very good luck finding Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax and Essential Oils at our local health food stores if you would prefer to buy them local.  They are also available online {as well as the tubes and tubs} at places like Amazon and Brambleberry.

Vitamin E oil {4 drops} can also be added for additional healing properties as well as to help prevent spoilage of the product.  If you choose to add this, stir it in with the essential oil.  {You can break apart Vitamin E capsules or purchase a small bottle of Vitamin E oil}.

The orange flavoring is easily switched out with strawberry, cherry or peppermint - whichever you prefer.  Just remember to use an essential oil since it will be going on your lips.  If using strawberry or cherry, use the same number of drops.  If substituting with peppermint, since peppermint is a strong flavor, cut the drops in half.  Additionally, you can use lip balm tubes if you prefer.  I use the lip balm tubs for this particular balm because it looks so pretty and delicious.

Chocolate-Covered Orange Homemade Lip Balm
Makes 6-10 tubes/tubs

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
2 Tablespoons grated beeswax/beeswax pastilles {add 1 to 2 teaspoons more if you prefer a more firm balm}
10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  {or alternate flavor, see note above}
3/4 teaspoon Cocoa Powder -or- 10
    to 12 semi-sweet chocolate chips
A drop of Vitamin E oil {optional,
   see note above}
12-14 lip balm tubes, tins or tubs

Prepare your lip balm tubes/tubs so they are ready as soon as the mixture is melted.

In either a double boiler or in a small bowl suspended in a pan that has water in it {making sure the water does not touch the bowl}, add the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax.

Over medium-low heat, allow the oils and beeswax to melt.

Once everything is fully melted, remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder {or chocolate chips}, essential oil, and vitamin E oil, if using.  Stir to incorporate but then stir even more because the chocolate tends to fall to the bottom of the bowl and you want it evenly distributed.

Pour into a measuring cup that has a spout and then pour, very quickly but carefully, into the tubes or tubs.  **Caution:  This is very hot wax.  Please be careful when pouring.**

The number that you will end up with will be determined by whether or not you used Vitamin E, how quickly you pour {the mixture will start to harden upon being removed from the heat}, how full you fill the tubes/tubs {I fill mine right to the top}, and whether you are using tubes or the tubs.

Allow the mixture to cool completely prior to capping them.

*If you realize you are not happy with their firmness, they can be re-melted with 1-2 teaspoons more beeswax added. *

**Remember that these will not last forever as they do not contain any chemicals or preservatives so they should be used within 2-5 months.  Also, they can begin to melt in high heat, so be careful where you store them in the summer.**


Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love this so much! The flavor sounds delicious and it seems pretty easy to make. I've always wanted to try making homemade lip balm. I think once I melt down all the burr comb from our beehive and get lots of wax I'll kick into gear :)

Tracy said...

I'm definitely making this Staci. It sounds divine. Thanks for sharing the instructions.

Gardeningbren said...

I love this idea. Are the tubs made of plastic or glass? I saw plastic ones for sale and wondered if they would be able to take the hot liquid? What do you think? Whatever, this sounds wonderful and fun to make. I love orange and chocolate together.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Tammy - a great use of some of your beeswax! :)
Thanks Tracy!
Brenda - they are all plastic. They handle the wax fine because it cools so quickly the plastic doesn't have time to be affected.

Unknown said...

This looks so good! I will have to try this out soon and I know my daughter will love to help me! She's a lip gloss kindof gal! :)

Unknown said...

You make it look so easy. I might try this myself.

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luckybunny said...

Thanks for sharing! I'd love to make this. I'm kind of afraid I'd eat it instead of just wearing it but it looks so good! :)

The Desert Echo said...

This is a beautiful looking post, I love the photos with the mint leaves! Gorgeous!