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Blushing Bride DIY Lip Balm

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Summers are the days of sweet weddings,

a time of love’s blessings.

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That blush of first kiss..

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that becomes a vow

joining two lives in marriage.

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Softest of tender kisses,

are life’s salve..

a love potion for our heart.

Lord Byron

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Each lovely DIY lip balm will soothe and soften..

a remedy for the sun’s scorching heat!

I have two DIY Lip Balm recipes to share ~

{ Sweet Honey Raspberry }

&

{ Crushed Rose Petal Sparkle }

Two sweet, natural balms that will never forsake you..

and you’ll be ready to

smooch!

Wouldn’t these make the sweetest gifts?

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Here is a peak at the “gear” you’ll need to get started, the little container on the far right is Shea Butter:

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A photo of the beeswax ready to go:

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Sweet Honey Raspberry Lip Balm
 
Serves: 9-11 small pots of balm
Ingredients
  • 10 fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 tsp sweet almond oil (for skin care)
  • 2 tsp acacia honey
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp raspberry candy flavoring*
  • 10-12 small plastic containers with lids removed*
Instructions
  1. Put the raspberries in a one cup pyrex glass and add a tiny splash of water. Microwave on high for 20-25 seconds. Remove and strain by pressing the raspberries through a fine sieve. Set aside the raspberry juice and discard the pulp.
  2. Cut the edge of a beeswax block off into slivers using a sharp, heavy knife. It is easier to slice thinner slivers. Continue until you have 1/4 cup. In a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup or a small pot, combine the beeswax slivers, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and honey. Microwave for 20 seconds, repeating and stirring until everything is melted together. I had a plastic spoon that I kept in the measuring cup so that I could easily stir and have less mess. If you are using a pot, put over low heat and stir continuously until melted.
  3. Stir in the raspberry juice and raspberry candy flavoring. Using a vigorous, whisking motion, blend the ingredients together the best you can without getting the mixture up the sides of the cup. The raspberry juice tends to separate from the rest of the liquid, but as it begins cooling it will blend better. Do not allow it to cool too much as the balm will set and stick to the sides of the measuring cup and become difficult to pour.
  4. Pour the balm into each plastic container, set aside to cool and firm. When cool, screw the lids on and use immediately, setting extras aside in the fridge for use later.
Notes
*Most ingredients were found at our local whole foods or community health natural foods grocery stores. The cups and candy flavoring were found at Michael's, our local hobby store.

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Crushed Rose Petal Sparkle Lip Balm
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 1/8 cup dried crushed rose petals (organic, non-pesticide)*
  • 1 tbsp rose water*
  • 1/4 vial Orchid Pink Pearl Dust**
  • 10-12 small plastic containers with lids removed
Instructions
  1. Cut the edge of a beeswax block off into slivers using a sharp, heavy knife. It is easier to slice thinner slivers. Continue until you have 2 tbsp. In a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup or a small pot, combine the beeswax slivers, coconut oil, and shea butter. Microwave for 20 seconds, repeating and stirring until everything is melted together. I had a plastic spoon that I kept in the measuring cup so that I could easily stir while microwaving and have less mess. If using a pot, melt over low heat, stirring continuously.
  2. Stir in the crushed rose petals and rose water. Stir together to blend. Sprinkle in the Orchid Pink Pearl dust and gently stir, whisking together to blend. Do not allow the mixture to cool too much as the balm will set and stick to the sides of the measuring cup and become difficult to pour.
  3. Pour the lip balm into each plastic container, set aside to cool and firm. When cool, screw the lids on and use immediately, setting extras aside in the fridge for use later.
Notes
All ingredients, with the exception of those listed below were purchased at our local Community Health Foods store.
Organic dried rose petals and rose water were found at Silk Road Spice Merchants and can be ordered online.
*Pearl Dust is used for fondant and gum paste and is found in the baking section of Michaels, our local hobby store.

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