Happy Christmas! I was truly keen to call this lip balm, “Chocolate Spice (and everything naughty) Lip Tease“. This formula has been many many months in the making, I kind of feel as if every single lip product I’ve made to date has been preparing me for this recipe. It’s truly that amazing! But the worst part is, I will continue to try to make this lip balm better! Oh yes. I already have visions of using some candelilla wax in this recipe for more of a glassy shine. Oh yes. You can never have enough gloss I tell you.
From the first moment of applying it you will understand exactly why I am swooning over this balm. It slides over your lips like freshly churned butter on toast. And feels even better than melted chocolate. It just glides over your lips leaving a thick and creamy and decadent shine behind that is just crazy long lasting and long lasting smoothness. And that’s after a milkshake, burger, and countless cups of tea.
I originally started out with an extremely lightly barely there tint, that packed a wallop in the shine department, but it’s Christmas. And I am lazy. So I went back to the colour board and decided to amp up the colour for it is Christmas and that means razzle dazzle in the shine department with some wickedly neat “Interference Gold“. This mica has stolen my heart and lips and can’t wait to play with it some more. If you look at the mica head on, it just looks like any other white powder. But… then you look at it from the side and all you can do is go weak in your DIY knees and sigh at how gorgeous this colour truly is.
Only downside of using an interference colourant, it is a pain in the butt to photograph and consistently get the same looking product! My pictures went from almost a tawny colour to a deep red!
This formula is using the cardamom+coffee sweet almond oil infusion I spoke about in this blog post. The cardamom coffee infused oil is a coffer lovers scent paradise so if you are wondering if you truly need to use the infused oil in this recipe my answer is no. But if you love coffee. Yes. Goodness gracious, yes. Left on its own without the added essential oils, you will have a glorious spiced coffee chocolate nirvana explosion beneath your nose. But if you want to enhance the underlaying scents and then go running for the nearest mistletoe, add in some benzoin, cocoa absolute, and a wee hint of peppermint.
So to make this stick of lovely awesomeness, just toss it all into a heat proof container, melt, stir in your lovely micas and essential oils, then pour.
I know! Simple! Remember to pour when you find your oils begin to thicken slightly. If you pour the oils too hot, you will find your lip tease gets cocoa butter crystals and those suckers can hurt!
Ready? Let’s get mixing! And then get wearing, and I’ll just say you’re welcome in advanced for this glorious tube or rich, creamy, lush glossy tease.
- Prepare your workspace by wiping everything down with ISP 75%. Wipe down your tools, your heat resistant beakers or measuring cups, stirring tools, spoons and the like.
- Weigh out your beeswax, cocoa butter, castor oil, and sweet almond oil into your heat resistant container, stir, and place in your double boiler on a barely there simmer.
- While you are waiting for your oils to melt, set up your lip balm tubes.
- Once everything has melted, add in your micas, and peppermint essential oil, cocoa absolute and stir well.
- When you notice that your oils have reached a very light trace, begin to pour.
- Allow you lip balms to cool slightly before capping, then let them set for a couple hours before you go crazy puckering up.