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Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Lip Balm & Body Balm

June 2, 2014 - 79 Comments

Coconut Oil is one of those magical ingredients I am constantly discovering new uses for! The health benefits are endless as both a nutritional supplement (I love to add a spoonful to a green smoothie!) and it’s also a great natural addition to your beauty regime.  This super quick and easy recipe for my lip balm and body bar is a perfect remedy for any of your summer skin woes – chemical free, soothing, and moisturizing.  Treat yourself to some decadent conditioning or share it with a friend as a lovely and personal gift!coconut_balm_ingredients

  • Container for Lip Balm. You can buy it at your local beauty supply store or craft stores. I got mine at CVS.
  • 3 Cups of Cold Pressed Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 lbs of 100% Natural Beeswax (for a firmer body bar add a little more)
  • 2 Cups of 100% Natural Shea Butter
  • Essential Oil of your choice – we used rose petal jojoba oil, but lavender would be delicious too!
  • Large Glass measuring cup with pouring lip
  • Wooden chopsticks or something disposable to stir
  • Deep Pot or Sauce Pan
  • Tin Bowl (It should be able to fit inside the pot as a double boiler)
  • Rubber Cupcake Baking Pan (any shape is fine. This will be the shape of your body balm)
  • Parchment paper
  • Dainty Dried Flowers (optional)

*Keep in mind that the utensils you use will get damaged so it’s best to have a set just for this use. beeswax
1. If the beeswax comes in a block, chop it in small pieces to speed up the melting process. Be sure to use parchment paper on top of your chopping board so the wax won’t ruin it.

2. Fill the pot halfway with water and start boiling it on medium heat.
3. Fill the empty tin bowl on top of the pot and make sure the water doesn’t spill inside the bowl.
4. Add the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter and slowly melt them together. They melt really fast!
5. When these ingredients are completely melted (should be a thick and syrupy liquid), then turn off the heat and stir it well.

6. Next, add your choice of essential oils. (Anywhere between 10-20 drops depending on your preference)

7. On a sturdy flat surface, place the rubber cupcake mold. (Keep in mind that the mold will need to rest uninterrupted for some time.)

8. Quickly move the liquid from the bowl to a measuring cup and start to fill the mold and lip balm containers. It’s super important to work as quickly as possible before the wax hardens, but please be safe! (I was moving quick so couldn’t take a photo!)

9. If you want to add the dried flower garnish, place the flower at the top of your mold, about a quarter inch from the edge and then fill the remaining area.

10. For best results, do not add liquid after it’s already been poured once. It will make ridges that will not be pretty.

11. Let it sit for a few hours for it to completely harden.
12. Tah-dah! You got yourself a lip balm and body balm that’s perfect for dried areas. Your balm will last for quite a long time if it’s stored in a cool area. The bar will be hard but melts well with friction by rubbing your hands with it. If you prefer a firmer balm or bar, just add more beeswax!

They make really great gifts (I’ve already handed them out to all of my girlfriends!) and the lip balms are super great since you can carry them around. Let me know if you use coconut oil for any other beauty routines! xoxo

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