Walking outside, it’s hard to tell it’s technically still winter. The sun is bright, with the temperature at a constant 50 degrees, and the air smells like spring. Even so, I am still feeling the negative effects of the season—being outside means dry hands and chapped lips. That's no good for Valentine's Day. Whether you've got a date planned with your significant other or you're just holding out hope for cupid to strike on Friday, your hopes for love will be dashed if your lips are too chapped to kiss. Here’s a special DIY lip balm you can make from the comfort of your own home that will keep your lips soft and ready for love.

Ingredients

5 teaspoons of almond oil (sold at most grocery stores)

2 teaspoons of honey

10 grams of cocoa butter 

10 grams of beeswax

15 grams of shea butter 

Directions

  1. Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a small pan over low heat.
  2. Add the honey and almond oil slowly, until incorporated—it should be a liquid consistency.
  3. Blend the ingredients with a milk frother or a whisk. 
  4. Once the combination thickens, pour into a glass jar or small tupperware and let cool—about 10 minutes.

This recipe is for an unscented lip balm, but you can add flavored essential oils to personalize it to your liking. There’s no reason to have chapped lips this winter, especially on Valentine's Day!     


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