Crazy for Coconut Dry Lip Balm

Coconut oil smells luscious, tastes delicious (it’s safe to taste and cook with), and is simple to make. Many people swear by coconut oil’s ability to melt right into the skin and use it from head to toe year-around as a superb body beautifier.

7 tablespoons coconut base oil (extra-virgin, unrefined)

1 tablespoon cocoa butter

40 drops vanilla or sweet oranage essential oil (optional) any scent you prefer will work as long as its not a “drying essential oil. Good options would be Neroli and Bergamont.

In a small pan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm coconut oil and cocoa butter until the butter is just melted. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Add the essential oil and stir to blend. Pour into storage container(s) and cap. Allow the mixture to set for 2 hours.

Note: If the temperature of your storage area is above 76 degrees F, the balm will maintain a liquid consistency. (Coconut oil turns form solid to liquid at 76 degrees F.) If the temperature is below 76 degrees F, the balm will be firm. Remember, too, that coconut oil and cocoa butter will melt on contact with the skin.

No refrigeration is required, but the maximum freshness and potency, please use within 1 year.

Apply to body, skin, lips after a light exfoliation in the shower or over the sink with sugar or salt. Then apply.

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