This light and gently spiced lip balm is just the thing for brightening your days, even if they are unbearably short right now (as mine are).

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Ginger adds a hint of spicy warmth, while petitgrain brings an intriguingly dry hint of citrus to the lip balm (sans photosensitization). It’s a nice combination, and one I haven’t seen before in lip balm.

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The base of the lip balm glides on beautifully and is deeply moisturizing. I’ve added a hint of buriti oil and some gold mica for a slight golden tint, but this is totally optional.

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Ginger & Petitgrain Lip Balm

4g | 0.14oz beeswax
5g | 0.17oz virgin coconut oil
3g | 0.1oz cocoa butter
8g | 0.28oz sweet almond oil

5 drops ginger essential oil
11 drops petitgrain essential oil

5 drops buriti oil (optional)
1 smidgen | 1/32 teaspoon gold mica (optional) (I use these tiny measuring spoons to measure amounts like this)

Combine beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil in a heat resistant glass measuring cup and melt everything together by placing the measuring cup in a small saucepan with about 3cm/1″ of simmering water in it (this will take five to ten minutes).

Once melted, remove from the heat and use a flexible silicone spatula stir in the essential oils, as well as the buriti oil and mica, if you’re using them.

Pour the liquid lip balm into four lip balm tubes, let set up, label (I use these cute labels), and enjoy!

Don’t have some of the oils called for in this recipe? Read this for information on making substitutions!

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