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Homemade Lip Balm: Part 2

This afternoon, I made lip balm – and it was so easy to do!

Cocoa Vanilla Lip Balm:
1 oz Candelilla wax
1 oz shea butter
0.75 oz lightly-scented cocoa butter
2 oz olive oil
A few drops of Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Vanilla essential oil


I started off by measuring my ingredients on a food scale.  In one container, I measured the candelilla wax, and in the other I combined the shea butter and cocoa butter
(I rounded up to 0.8 oz for the cocoa butter).

20121127-145057.jpg I melted the waxes/oils in the microwave.  The amount of time this takes will vary between microwaves.  The candelilla wax took longer to melt, so I’m glad that I kept it separate until it softened.


Once the waxes/oils softened, I added olive oil, Vitamin E, and vanilla essential oil.  I liquefied the ingredients all together, then stirred.


Then, all that was left was pouring the mixture into each lip balm container.


It only took a few minutes for the lip balm to cure.  For a personal touch, I added labels 🙂

Price Breakdown & Comparison:

Burts Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm = $3.99 for 0.15 oz
Chapstick Naturals Lip Butter = $2.99 for 0.15 oz
Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm = $2.99 for 0.15 oz
Homemade Vegan Cocoa Vanilla Lip Balm = $0.64 for 0.20 oz

I hope to see a change in the health of my lips, this winter.  I plan to keep some of the balm, and gift the rest!  If you try this recipe, let me know how things turn out!

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