Thursday, March 14, 2019

Coffee Lover’s Lip Balm

A friend of mine makes amazing extracts with every plant you can imagine. Herbs, flowers, seeds and fruits are a daily challenge to make experiments. So I asked her to make a coffee infused oil for me and she made it directly from a variety of espresso with Protected Designation of Origin in Ethiopia. Its fragrance reminds me of a pleasant walk in the traditional coffee shops of the Athenian center, an amazing aroma of freshly roasted coffee. 

Coffee seed oil is very rich in phytosterols and fatty acids, easily penetrates the skin while its caffeine improves blood circulation: that’s why coffee is widely used in anti-cellulite products.
Today, however, I want to make a lip balm for coffee lovers and I have a surprise here: local hyperemia that coffee seed oil causes, will make your lips appear more juicy and “full”, increasing their volume for a certain time.

Then, I decided to combine beeswax with mimosa wax as their synergistic action softens the lips, stimulates elasticity and prevents their dehydration.
I also added cocoa butter for extra hydration and shea butter because it softens the chapped lips and makes them flexible.

Coffee Lover’s Lip Balm 
recipe for 25 g | 0.88 oz

10 g | 0.35 oz coffee infused oil
5 g | 0.18 oz shea butter
5 g | 0.18 oz cocoa butter
4 g | 0.14 oz beeswax
1 g | 0.04 oz mimosa wax
0,5 g | 0.02 oz vitamin E
3 drops vanilla essential oil
3 drops coffee roasted essential oil

a beaker
- a saucepan
- measuring spoons
- stainless steel whisk
- high accuracy digital scale
- lip balm tubes, tins or jars

Firstly, you must sterilize tools, equipment and work surface and wear your gloves.

Prepare a water bath, by filling a heat- proof saucepan 1/3 full of water and place it to low heat. Weigh all the ingredients. Add the butters, the oils and the waxes into the beaker. Place it in your prepared water bath to melt everything through. 

Remove the beaker from the water bath and dry it off with a towel. Stir with a stainless steel whisk to incorporate. Add vitamin E and stir thoroughly. Pour now the essential oils and stir again.

Pour the lip balm into tubes or tins (this formula will fill 5 balm tubes) and leave it to solidify before capping.

Stella Crown©