Greenista Homemade Holiday Gifts: Part 1

Now that it’s the first week of December and I’m finally on break from grad school, planning Christmas gifts is top priority.  Finding a great present is always exciting, but making gifts for friends and family is especially meaningful.

Since chapped lips are an unfortunate side effect of winter weather, mixing up an ultra-moisturizing lip balm scented with energizing peppermint or grapefruit is a perfect stocking stuffer.  Spend an hour in the kitchen and you’ll have plenty of beauty treats on hand for Secret Santa exchanges or Hannukah gifts.

I made pots of grapefruit balm last year and they were a hit!  Plan ahead and buy some nice packaging – glass pots are pretty for girls and regular tubes are good for guys.  For unique scents, try lemon or lavender. Or for a man-friendly version just skip the essential oils. Let the holiday preparations begin!

Moisturizing Lip Balm Recipe from GorgeouslyGreen.com

This recipe makes enough for 10 lip balm pots.  I bought the LB4B pots from Sunburst Bottle.com. The rest of the ingredients can be found at Whole Foods or via online retailers.

Ingredients

2.5 tsp* organic cocoa butter

15 tsp organic shea butter

100 drops grapefruit essential oil (chamomile, lavender and peppermint are other good non-irritating alternatives)

*One ounce equals 6 tsp.

Directions

Double boil the cocoa and shea butters – i.e. heat both in a large glass bowl over a pot of boiling water until melted.

Remove from heat and stir in essential oil drops.

Pour into the pots and allow to cool and set before putting on the top (takes about 2-3 hours).  To protect counters, I recommend placing the pots on wax paper or newspaper and using a funnel to pour in the balm liquid.

Shelf life of the lip balm is 6-9 months.  Be sure to make extra balm for yourself!

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