Homemade Chocolate Lip Gloss
How to Make a Delicious Balm For Your Lips Using Chocolate
Many beauty products can be made easily at home. This homemade lip gloss is made from all natural ingredients - and it tastes great too!
* 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
* 5 grams 70% Dark Chocolate
* 5 grams Cocoa Butter
* 5 grams Shea Butter
* 1/2 teaspoon Honey
* 1/4 teaspoon Lecithin
* 5 grams Beeswax
* 20 drops Food Grade Flavour Essence (optional)
1. Over a very low heat, melt the 70% dark chocolate in the olive oil. This must be done very slowly to prevent the chocolate from burning. The pan must also be thoroughly dry before the oil or chocolate is added. Water will react with the chocolate and make it seize. This means the chocolate will form into a lump that crumbles very easily and will never melt. If this occurs, you will have to throw the lot away and start again.
2. Now you need to add the cocoa and shea butters. These products will give your lip gloss extra richness as well as helping to keep your lips soft and supple. Shea butter is also reputed to be a natural sun screen.
3. Take the pot off the heat and add the honey, lecithin and beeswax. There should be enough heat to melt these ingredients. If not, you may need to put the pot back onto the heat briefly. Lecithin is an emulsifier, which means it will help all the other ingredients mix together and stay mixed together. If you cannot obtain this product then it may be omitted, but the gloss may be prone to separate in extremes of weather.
4. Now add your flavour essence if you have chosen one. This lip gloss is delicious with its plain chocolate flavour. Other options though can include the addition of either vanilla, hazelnut, peppermint or orange flavourings.
5. The lip gloss will need to be poured into suitable containers now before it starts to set solid. If you have them, lip gloss tubes can be used. Otherwise, any small container or jar can be used. Make sure the container has been cleaned thoroughly first in hot soapy water to kill any germs or bacteria. Let them dry thoroughly before using. Pour the liquid into the containers and allow to set naturally.
What is the Shelf life of This Product?
It is unknown what the shelf life of this product is. Because it is made from all natural ingredients, then there are varying factors that can extend or inhibit its shelf life. Honey and possibly Beeswax are said to be natural preservatives. Although it is unclear what amounts need to be used to preserve a product. Keeping the product sealed from the open air will also extend its shelf life a little. The age of your oil, chocolate and butters can make a difference too. The older these ingredients are, the shorter the shelf life.
As a general rule of thumb with all homemade products that are made with natural ingredients, smell the product often. Any change in the smell of a product will mean either a bacteria has been introduced, or one or all of the ingredients have spoiled or gone rancid. If the smell changes at all, discard the product.
© Rachel Tsoumbakos
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