Friday, August 6, 2010

Tips For Luscious Lips - Part V

This is the last in the "Tips For Luscious Lips" natural lip care recipe series and it is one of my favorite, thick yummy lip balms. Children and men really love this one and if you create a big batch, makes fabulous stocking stuffers for the Holiday Season. Makes lips super soft and conditioned!

Vanilla Velvet Honey Lip Balm

This rich and soothing balm can be used year-round. It doubles as a mild antibacterial ointment when applied to cuts and scrapes and helps prevent scarring.

- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon organic soybean or almond base oil (not essential oil)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons beeswax
- 5 drops vanilla essential oil

In a very small saucepan, over low heat or in a small double boiler, warm oil, honey, and beeswax, until the wax is just melted. Remove from heat, add the essential oil, and stir to blend. Now, do these next steps very quickly or the mixture will set up oddly and the water-based honey will separate out from the balm . . . Set the pan in a shallow ice-water bath. Using a tiny whisk or spoon, stir rapidly for 30 to 60 seconds until the honey is incorporated and the formula is like thick peanut butter. It will be a pale yellow-brown color and taste very sweet.

Spoon the mixture into storage containers and cap. Let the mixture set for 2 hours before use. No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and taste, please use within 1 year.

Recommended For: everyone, especially children (flavor & texture are like vanilla honey fudge)
Use: as desired
Prep Time: approx. 30 minutes, plus 2 hours for flavor & consistency to synergize & set
Blending Tools: small whisk or spoon
Store In: small plastic or glass jars or tins
Yield: approx. 5, 1/4 oz. containers or 2.5 tablespoons total balm

NOTE: This article was adapted from the book, "Organic Body Care Recipes" by Stephanie Tourles, Storey Publishing, 2007. The information is true and complete to the best of Ms. Tourles' knowledge. All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of Ms. Tourles. The author disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information and rcommends that the reader use their common sense when trying new products on their skin. This information is for educational purposes only.


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