Who doesn’t like the cinnamon flavor in sweet rice or cinnamon cookies? Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors, it only makes sense that it makes part of a lip balm. The same for cocoa butter. How about a lip balm with cocoa butter and cinnamon? Check out this recipe and try it at home!
Table of Contents
- The Oils
- Vitamin E oil
- The Recipe
- Find Where to Buy Handmade Cinnamon/Cocoa Lip Balm
- Related Posts
- Watch This Video Before Starting Your Recipe
You probably know cocoa butter, even if unaware, from chocolate. Almost any chocolate is made with cocoa butter, because of its melting point: 34ºC to 38ºC. It’s solid at room temperature but in contact with your mouth, it readily melts. What you might not know is that cocoa butter is also used in cosmetics. It’s very similar to shea butter, high in fatty acids and therefore very nourishing. It does smell like cocoa.
Another oil used is olive oil, highly conditioning and mild, rich in anti-oxidants and mildly anti-inflammatory. I have a olive oil lip balm recipe you can also try out.
The oils in this recipe allow the lip balm to melt immediately while you spread it along your lips, giving you a very creamy and conditioning layer over your lips, and a feeling of moist lips for a long time.
You can use herbal-infused oils. When trying this recipe, I’ve used rosemary-infused olive oil. Why rosemary? In this case,just because I had some leftovers from my Homemade Rosemary Soap. Rosemary has some anti-inflammatory properties, so it is beneficial for a lip balm.
If you like cinnamon, imagine how it will feel to spread cinnamon flavoured lip balm.
As you might have figured out by now, this lip balm uses cinnamon bark essential oil to provide scent and flavor. Due to its chemical compounds (cinnamaldehyde, mostly), it is known to be much more prone to be a skin irritant. Cinnamon leaf essential oil is, therefore, more used in natural skincare.
The problem is that cinnamon leaf is not like cinnamon bark. If you are actually after the cinnamon scent you know from sweet rice, cinnamon bark is the right choice. Furthermore, cinnamon bark essential oil has very good antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. Although it is not exactly a preservative, it helps a lot with that function.
Just be cautious, and make a skin test before using it on your lip balm. Also, respect the quantity indicated. 1 drop of essential oil is roughly 0,05ml for 10g of lip balm. That’s 0,5% of usage. In soap, it is recommended that cinnamon essential oil doesn’t surpass 0,6%, due to being a potential skin irritant.
I have actually used 2 drops and find it pretty strong, and more than enough, the scent and flavor staying strong. If you feel like using a little bit more, just add one drop at a time. This product should be respected regarding quantities, as it is strong and potentially irritating. Also, expect some tingling on your lips when applying.
Beeswax is the hardening ingredient in this lip balm. It also acts as a humectant in the sense that provides a protective layer to skin and traps moisture and oils in it. Most balms and lip balm uses beeswax. There are vegan alternatives to beeswax: carnauba wax, olive based wax, soy wax.
Vitamin E oil
Well, the anti-oxidant is always a must. Besides, anti-oxidants are very good for your skin, some extra vitamin E is always welcome. Only a few drops of vitamin E will be enough. If you happen to have vitamin E in capsules, one or half of one should be good enough.
Besides preventing aging and damage to your skin due to being a powerful anti-oxidant, vitamin E oil also delays oil rancidity. My personal experience was that using a lip balm made with olive oil, beeswax, eucalyptus and vitamin E, lasted me for a year without any signs of rancidity.
Cinnamon and cocoa provide a great blend of scents and flavor. Although I didn’t add any sugar or sweetener, the lip balm tastes sweet!
Be bold and try this recipe! But take your precautions to avoid skin irritation. Enjoy your lipstick!
Find Where to Buy Handmade Cinnamon/Cocoa Lip Balm
If you’re not yet ready to try to make this recipe at home, but you still wish to enjoy natural lip balms, you can find handmade cocoa or cinnamon lip balm in the following links:
- More about Lip Balm and Balm recipes: Balms and Salves Recipes category
- More about Vegetable Oils: Natural Oils For Skin
- More about Essential Oils: Essential Oils Chart
Watch This Video Before Starting Your Recipe
Cocoa And Cinnamon Lip Balm
- Disinfect all your equipment before starting. You can boil some of your equipment (like the double boiler, glass cups, spoons), and use a solution of 1 liter of water with 1/2 cup of bleach, for items that are not heat-resistant (like the milk frother, plastic cups or the lotion containers)
- Assemble the ingredients and equipment first
- Measure the oils and the beeswax to a double boiler (you can also use a metal jug)
- Fill the pan with water to use as a double boiler. Turn the heat on and place the double boiler inside the pan with water.
- Let the beeswax melt completely (beeswax melts at ~60ºC)
- Turn off the heat and remove the double boiler from the water. Wait a few minutes to let it cool down (up to 45ºC – 113ºF)
- Add the essential oil and the vitamin E and mix well
- Before you pour your mixture into the containers, it is very important to make sure they are sterilized. Use a solution of water and bleach to sterilize your containers, and make sure they are absolutely dry – water can create bacteria and fungus, something you don't want on your wonderful lip balm.
- Pour the mixture in the lip tubes or containers. If the misture hardens before you can pour everything, you can reheat it again.
- Wait 5 minutes for the mixture to solidify, then place it for 15-30 minutes in the fridge to solidify completely
- Make sure you clean up the wax from the utensils while it's in liquid form, with a kitchen paper towel. If needed, reheat the utensils.