Despite my overflowing ingredients cupboard, and all the wonderful oils and butters that I love, there’s only so much room in my purse (I don’t have one the size of a puppy carrier). So, if something makes it into my purse, that’s pretty special.

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Cupuacu butter is the only skin moisturizer I carry in my purse. I might throw a tube of lotion in there on occasion, but capuacu butter has a permanent home there. It’s great stuff.

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Unlike some butters that can be quite greasy or sticky on the skin, and stay that way for ages (I’m looking at you, shea butter), cupuacu absorbs quickly, leaving a silky smooth finish in very little time. It’s what I want when my hands need a serious dose of moisture.

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Related to cocoa butter, it has a scent that I describe as like a combination between cocoa butter and cheese. So, yeah… it doesn’t smell super awesome, but I don’t care. It has saved my hands from painful, awful dryness this winter. And you can’t smell it at all in this lip balm.

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So, naturally, as I drove back from a day at the ski hill with a pair of newly sunburnt lips (I always forget about that snow reflection!), I wanted cupuacu for my dry, irritated lips. This lip balm definitely does the trick.

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Cupuacu Lip Balm

4g | 0.14oz beeswax
5g | 0.17oz cupuacu butter
3g | 0.1oz cocoa butter
8g | 0.28oz sweet almond oil
1g | 0.01oz vitamin E oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil

Weigh the beeswax, capuacu butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E oil out into a heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in a pot of barely simmering water to melt the oils.

Stir in the peppermint essential oil using a flexible silicone spatula. Pour the melted lip balm into four lip balm tubes and let cool. I like to use these labels to label my projects.

Don’t have the carrier oils called for in the recipe? Read this for a guide on how to choose appropriate alternatives.

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