Valentine’s Day feels like a bit of a fake holiday. Prices are hiked up, ugly teddy bears abound and twee, over-sentimental cards clog inboxes. That’s why I’m loving the Galentine’s Day concept winging it’s hashtagged way over Instagram – doing beautiful makes, bakes and eats for you and your lovely friends!
Which is why I took this excuse to make rose coconut lip balm – which smells just like Turkish Delight! You can make a lot for not a lot of money, it’s nice to use and it smells great, and it’s the perfect Galentine’s Day gift.
I actually discovered this Christmas that I love to make lip balm! It makes a pretty fantastic gift and I already have more requests for my chocolate mint lip balm.
I wanted to make a rose lip balm because I love the smell, but rose essential oil can cost the earth (it’s R250 here in South Africa – that’s about $15). I used a little ‘hack’ here that takes a little longer but saves you a ton of money – making a rose infused coconut oil. However if you don’t want to do the more arduous route of making rose-infused oils, just add a drop or two of rose essential oil to the final mixture.
You will need
Makes two small jars
- 20ml rose-infused coconut oil (instructions above)
- 25ml jojoba oil (if you don’t have this, you can use 25ml coconut oil)
- 10g beeswax
- 10ml shea butter
- rose geranium essential oil
- Ylang Ylang essential oil
The rose-infused oil
Dry out two or three roses worth of rose petals. Put them in a jar and cover with oil – use coconut or grapeseed oil for this recipe. If you’ve planned to make this in advance (I never do!) leave it to infuse with a closed lid for 4 to 8 weeks. Afterwards strain out the rose petals and voila, you have rose-infused oil.
If you don’t have time, instead of leaving the rose petals to infuse for weeks, cover with oil in a heatproof jar or pan and put in an oven preheated to 120C. Turn off the oven, and leave to 3 – 5 hours, the longer the better. Remove from the heat and strain out the herbs.
The lip balm
- Place the coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter and jojoba oil in a saucepan and heat gently until everything is melted.
- Remove from the heat and add 2 drops of rose geranium essential oil and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang oil. Stir well.
- Pour carefully into sterilised lip balm containers.