Green Goddess: Lip balm

Long Lunch 03/07/2018
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Green Goddess lip balm by Wendyl Nissen

This is a fantastic recipe; the vitamin E oil makes the balm especially good for your lips and also acts as a preservative. I tested this on my daughter and her two friends one Saturday afternoon, and their favourite was the orange batch that contained sweet orange essential oil. Do not make the mistake of thinking that vanilla essence will work, it doesn’t. You need to add the stronger-smelling essential oils.

Ingredients:
20 ml sweet almond oil
½  tsp beeswax, grated, or beeswax pellets (cosmetic grade)
½  tsp cocoa butter
1 tsp icing sugar
1 capsule vitamin E
5 drops essential oil (sweet orange, rose and peppermint all work well)

Method:
Melt oil, beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler (or in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water; make sure the bottom of the bowl stays above the water). Add icing sugar and stir to dissolve, then remove bowl from the heat. Add vitamin E by piercing the capsule and pouring the oil in, then add essential oil and stir. Pour into a lip balm container.

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