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12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts Series --- Day 6: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Lip Balm

We're half way through the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts series.  I hope you're enjoying the skin care recipes, and I also hope they're giving you some ideas for making your own personalized gifts for everyone on your list.

Today, we're going to make one of my favorites -- peppermint hot chocolate lip balm.  And the best news is, you can get all of the ingredients you need for this one at your local health food store!
Three ingredients are all you need for this lip balm.

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.  It comes in a stick in bright yellow packaging. 

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 or white vinegar to sanitize.

This recipe will make approximately 4 average-sized lip balm tubes.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Lip Balm
1 tablespoon 100% cocoa butter, unrefined
1/4 teaspoon sweet almond oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
Optional: 1 tiny smidge lip-safe dark brown oxide (for color)

You'll also need:
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 warm.  It doesn't need to be completely melted before removing from the microwave.  Just stir the warmed mixture until it's fully melted.
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:  Let cool slightly.  Once the mixture is cooled, but before it's firming up, stir in one drop of peppermint 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.

Cool slightly before adding the peppermint 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!  Set it aside.  We'll need it later.

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 like to put my balm in the freezer, I find this messes with the finished consistency.  You'll get better results if you let it firm naturally at room temperature.

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.

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

Enjoy your all-natural lip balm!

Step 6:  Place the lids on your lip balm and they're ready to use or give as gifts!      

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 (You're here!)
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
Day 12: Marbled Christmas Soap

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