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12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts Series --- Day 11: Peppermint Orange Body Balm

For that extra dry winter skin, this soothing balm is the perfect solution.  And the minty orange scent is super yummy.

Because we're not using any water, you don't need to use any preservatives.  A little bit goes a long way.  Just take a dab and massage it over your skin.  It works great on dry legs, elbows and knees, feet and hands, and makes an extra nice cuticle cream.

I pour this body balm into cute little glass containers that I found at the dollar store.  It looks sweet and feels decadent on the skin.  Plus, it's super easy to make!

You can typically find all the ingredients you need at the natural food store.  If you can't find the shea butter, you can substitute cocoa butter.

Peppermint Orange Body Balm
2 tablespoons shea butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil OR sweet almond oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
15 drops sweet orange essential oil

Measure out the shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil into a small bowl.  Microwave for 15-45 seconds, until the oils are just melted.  Mix well, then add in the peppermint and sweet orange essential oils.  Pour immediately into a small container.  Let set undisturbed until it's completely cooled before you put on the lid.

The finished balm will be semi-solid but will melt on contact with your skin.  Just a small dab goes a long way! 

More in the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts Series:
Day 1: Winter Wonderland Bath Soak
Day 2: Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub
Day 3: Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Mask
Day 4: Winter Forest Bath Salts 
Day 5: Lavender Orange Bath Bombs
Day 6: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Lip Balm
Day 7: Moisturizing Shaving Soap for Men
Day 8: Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans & More Yummy Treats
Day 9: Snowball Sugar Scrubs
Day 10: Handcrafted Potpourri  
Day 11: Peppermint Orange Body Balm (You're here!)
Day 12: Marbled Christmas Soap

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