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  1. #1
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    Default for lip balm: local alternative to shea butter, coco oil, etc.?

    can you use veg oil or something else? I'd appreciate hearing about successful alternative recipes you have used. if I have to go to the store and buy shea butter, I might as well just buy chapstick!
    thanks

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    Default Re: for lip balm: local alternative to shea butter, coco oil, etc.?

    The problem with Chapstick and similiar products is that they contain petrolatum or petroleum. Not the best stuff to be putting on or near your mouth.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: for lip balm: local alternative to shea butter, coco oil, etc.?

    Shea butter is a component used due to beneficial, curative properties.

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    Default Re: for lip balm: local alternative to shea butter, coco oil, etc.?

    I have tried both olive oil and canola oil, besides the expensive oils. So far, everyone's hands down favorite is the following recipe:
    1 part beeswax (by weight)
    4 parts canola oil (by liquid volume)
    A few drops of spearmint oil.

    For example:

    2 oz. beeswax
    8 oz. oil
    2 drops spearmint oil

    Combine in a double boiler until beeswax has completely melted. I buy tubes on eBay, and pour the liquid balm from a small creamer with a sharp spout, but it's still a messy business. It might be easier to pour into little lip balm tins.

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    Default Re: for lip balm: local alternative to shea butter, coco oil, etc.?

    Quote Originally Posted by kchendershott View Post
    I have tried both olive oil and canola oil, besides the expensive oils.
    exactly what I wanted to hear, thanks kchendershott!!!

  6. #6
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    Default Re: for lip balm: local alternative to shea butter, coco oil, etc.?

    I use beeswax, almond oil, and essential oil for flavoring

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