Friday, 17 October 2014

Natural Cocoa Lip Balm - DIY Beauty

I love home made lip balms because they work wonders on my lips, they are 100% natural and so easy to make. Plus I can use any ingredients I like - be it essential oil or a beauty butter.

Today I wanted to share with you one of my favourite autumn lip balms made with cocoa butter and olive oil.

Natural cocoa lip balm

To make one of your own you will need:

- 1 tsp pure, filtered, unbleached cosmetic grade beeswax;
- 1/2 tsp raw cocoa butter;
- 1/2 tsp olive oil;
- 5 drops of avocado oil;
- 0.5 ml of Argan oil;
- 5 drops of essential oil of your choice.

Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, has a deep nourishment properties. 

Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, D and E, lecithin, as well as potassium - known as the youth mineral. It furthermore contains proteins, beta-carotene and more than twenty percent essential unsaturated fatty acids. The fatty acids contained are palmitic, stearic and linoleic. Avocado oil helps to soften the skin and imparts a superior moisturising effect.

Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants; it contains nutrients and fatty acids which are great for deep-down skin nourishment and hydration. 

Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturiser and protector for skin. Among these antioxidants are vitamin A and vitamin E. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-ageing benefits of this substance because it helps restore skin elasticity.

You will need as well:

- 1 empty, sterilised tin or tube to store lib balm;
- 1 heatproof bowl;
- 1 teaspoon for mixing;
- 1 pot with some water.

Place cocoa butter, olive oil and beeswax into a heatproof bowl. Put the bowl with all ingredients inside a pot with some water in it. Place your pot on the low-medium heat. Stir the mixture until all the ingredients have melted. Turn the burner off and remove the pot from the heat.

Allow to cool for few minutes and stir in your essential oil, mix well. I am using 3 drops of Lavender essential oil and 2 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil. Now carefully pour your mixture into the empty tin and leave it to cool and set for 20 minutes.

This lip balm will keep your lips soft and healthy this autumn/winter season. Shelf life 6 months.

What is your favourite lip balm this autumn?

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