Here at GLAMOUR HQ, we love nothing more than a natural beauty hack.
Rather than trudging out to the shops and splurging your hard-earned money on a basket full of lotions and potions, it's far more convenient to reach into the kitchen cupboard for all your beauty needs.
The latest all-natural recipe to do the rounds online? A delicious cocoa butter lip balm, which could be a great alternative if you run out of your favourite high end products.
First spotted by , the famous lip balm recipe can be found in Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault's new book, Plant-Powered Beauty. Amy, who is an aromatherapist and co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, has concocted the mint chocolate lip balm recipe with fellow co-writer, Christina Daigneault.
Mint chocolate? Yep, you read that right. The top ingredient in this lip balm is cocoa butter, which Amy describes as "a dream for your skin.”
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“Cocoa butter’s a natural fat extracted from the cacao bean that contains a high concentration of fatty acids and offers lasting hydration and protection from free radicals," notes Amy.
The recipe has now been picked up by Reddit - and Redditors are dubbing it the natural lip balm as an incredibly purse-friendly alternative if you're out of your fave luxury products.
Curious about how to DIY at home? Here's the recipe from the Plant-Powered Beauty book:
Choc-o-mint lip balm
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- To set up the , (or we think a glass or stainless steel bowl in a pan of hot water would work, like melting chocolate - but please be careful!) pour 2 to 3 inches of water into the bottom pot and about 1 inch of water into the upper pot. Heat until the water in the top pot is steaming.
- Add the cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil to a glass measuring pitcher, and gently place the pitcher into the steaming water of the upper pot. Stir the ingredients continually until they are fully melted.
- Once the contents of the measuring pitcher are melted and combined, remove the pitcher from the warm water and carefully dry the outside of the pitcher with a paper towel.
- Add the peppermint essential oil to the mixture and stir.
- Line up the lip balm tubes on a sheet of parchment paper. With a steady hand, carefully pour the mixture directly from the measuring pitcher into each tube, filling it all the way to the rim. Be sure to do this step right away, while the mixture is hot and fully melted. If the mixture starts to cool (you will know because it will begin setting and will be difficult to work with), simply place the measuring pitcher back into the hot water in the upper pot to re-melt the gel. The lip balm will stay fresh for 3 months.
Ready, set, DIY!
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