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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Lip Balm Recipe

Peppermint hot chocolate lip balm--can I just say, this is one of my personal favorites? It takes just three ingredients, is 100% natural, and you can get all of the ingredients you need for this one at your local health food store. Plus, who can resist the yummy hot chocolate flavor during the winter months? To me it's like the holiday season in a tube.

Look for 100% pure, unrefined cocoa butter, to give your lip balm an all-natural chocolate taste and scent. The most common brand you'll find is Palmer's (no relation, but it does give me a little thrill to see my name plastered on a cocoa butter stick. Easily pleased, I am.) It comes in a stick in bright yellow packaging.

RECIPE: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Lip Balm
Check out the craft store for cute lip balm tins and pots. You can also be earth-friendly and recycle small pots you already have. Wash them well with soap, and give them a splash with rubbing alcohol to sanitize. Let dry thoroughly before using.
 
What you'll need:
1 tablespoon 100% cocoa butter, unrefined
1/4 teaspoon sweet almond oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
Optional: 1 tiny smidge lip-safe dark brown oxide (for color)
Lip balm tubes, pots, tins, etc.

Step 1:  With a knife or grater, carefully shave your cocoa butter into small pieces and measure out 1 tablespoonful. Pour into a small microwave-safe bowl.

Cut the cocoa butter into tiny pieces before measuring.

Step 2: Measure out 1/4 teaspoons sweet almond oil and add to the bowl. Note: This makes for a softer balm that is perfect for pots. If you like your lip balm more firm, especially if you're making sticks, just leave out the sweet almond oil. Cocoa butter melts at 98 degrees, so using it alone will make a firm balm that melts when it touches your lips. Mmm!

Not sure what consistency you'd like? Take a bit of your unmelted cocoa butter stick and rub it over your lips. Too firm? Add the sweet almond.   

Step 3: Warm the butter in the microwave until it's just starting to melt (this only takes 10 to 20 seconds in most microwaves.) It doesn't need to be completely melted before removing from the microwave. Just stir the warmed mixture until it's fully melted.

Alternatively, you can place your bowl in a pan of hot (but not boiling) water and melt your butter that way too.
  
It's not fully melted yet, but continue stirring and it will finish melting.

Optional: If you're coloring your balm, stir the oxide in now. The brown oxide will color your balm a nice chocolatey brown. I often leave my balm uncolored. This one is naturally a creamy beige color.

Step 4: Stir in two drops of peppermint essential oil (it doesn't sound like much, but peppermint packs a punch!) Immediately pour into your sticks or pots. If the mixture starts to firm before you can finish your pour, rewarm slightly and continue.

Stir in the peppermint essential oil. Then, pour into pots.

If you're using tubes, you'll find this recipe makes 4 tubes, with just a bit left over. Save that leftover bit! We'll need it later. Just set the bowl aside.

Step 5: Leave the balm undisturbed to firm up. This can take up to several hours, depending on the warmth of the room. I don't put my balm in the freezer, because I find this messes with the finished consistency. You'll get better results if you let it firm naturally at room temperature.

Step 6: If you're using tubes, you'll notice the balm has caved a bit in the center. This is normal. Remember that leftover bit of balm? Rewarm that now and top off the tubes. Now you'll get a nice, even top.

This is just cosmetic though, so for tubes I'm using myself I typically skip this step and use them as-is. The top evens out after a few uses anyway.  

If you're using pots, you don't have to worry.  You won't get any caving.  

Enjoy your all-natural lip balm!

Step 7: Allow to cool again completely. Place the lids on your lip balm and they're ready to use or give as gifts!

Yield: approximately 4 tubes or 2 tins

Shelf life: 10 to 12 months

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