Chocolates and Caramels

Chocolate or Caramel?

A while back a I found a recipe for making tinted lip gloss, in the past I have had a lot of luck with lip balm recipes, so as I normally do, I decided to put a different spin on the recipe and make it my own.  The thing that attracted me to this recipe was the lovely red color, which the recipe called for Alkanet Root to produce.  Having no Alkanet Root in my pantry at the time I decided to substitute Hibiscus and just to be sure I would produce the red tint I also choose to use red palm oil in lieu of coconut oil.

Red palm oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants and is an excellent moisturizer for the skin and lips.

I also thought it would be a fabulous to make my new lip gloss with Zinc Oxide to produce an SPF of about 10.  I’m not sure, but I think this is were things started to go eyrie…my concoction was NOT red in fact it wasn’t even close…I hoped in vain it would deepen in hue as it set…but that did not happen either.  It did however closely resemble Caramel…in color, in texture and to my delight in flavor!  I quickly realized my NOT at all red lip gloss was Caramel lip gloss!!

And what better to go with Caramel then Chocolate!!!

Caramel Lip Gloss SPF 10

Creating caramel lip gloss is a bit more complicated then your average lip balms.  If your unsure, start out with the chocolate recipe below.


3.5 TB Red Palm Oil
1TB Mango Butter
1 TB Lemon or Orange infused Sunflower Oil*
1 TB Vanilla Infused Sunflower Oil*
1 TB Bees wax Petals
1 TB Oil Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp Jojoba Oil
1/2 tsp Ginger infused Sunflower Oil*
1 tsp Arrow Root Powder – Optional
1/2 tsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Hibiscus Powder
1 tsp Strawberry Powder – Optional
1 TB Zinc Oxide Powder
5 drops Ginger Essential Oil – Optional
5 drops Lemon or Orange Essential Oil – Optional
10 drops Vanilla Essential Oil – Optional


A double boiler or large tin jar and a pot with about 2″ of water
Stir Stick
Separate container for mixing solids
Fork or Whisk


Infused Oils;

*For more information about how to make infused oils check out my post Making Infused Oils.


tin_double_boilerOnce your infused oils are ready to use gather all necessary ingredients.  Add Red Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Mango Butter and the Bees wax petals in the tin jar and place into a sauce pan with about 2″ of water over medium/low heat.

zinc_mixtureIn a separate container mix together Arrow Root Powder, Hibiscus Powder, Cocoa Powder and Strawberry Powder until well blended, then add the Zinc Oxide and whisk until completely blended.

Using the stir stick, stir the heating oil mixture to help melt all ingredients.  Once everything is melted together turn off the heat, remove the tin from the sauce pan and stir in any essential oils you plan to use.  With whisk or fork in hand slowly add the Zinc Oxide Mixture to the oil while whisking.  Once the Zinc mixture is completely added continue to whisk for an additional minute, then allow the mixture to sit for 15-30 seconds or until it begins to thicken.  This will allow the heavier bits of hibiscus powder to  settle to the bottom.

Pour mixture into lip gloss tins.  This recipe fills about 5, 1/2 ounce tins, there will be some left in your jar/tin, this is mostly the heavier bits that settled at the bottom and can be discarded.

Zinc Oxide is very difficult to clean off utensils and dishes, this is why I prefer to use a tin can rather then a glass jar.

Color may very, if you would a like darker product, use less Arrow Root Powder or eliminate it all together.  You may also substitute Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter for Mango Butter, however any of these substitutions may effect the color and or flavor of your final product.

Chocolate Lip Balm

Thankfully the Chocolate Lip Balm is easier to make and requires much less ingredients!


1 TB Cocoa Butter
1 TB Bees Wax Petals
2.5 TB Vanilla Infused Oil
1/2 TB Coconut Oil
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil – Optional
10 drops Vanilla Essential Oil – Optional
5 drops Mint Essential Oil – Optional


A double boiler or glass bowl/large jar and a pot with about 2″ of water.
Stir Stick
1/2 oz Lip Balm Jars or Like Containers


In the glass jar combine Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Vanilla Infused Oil and Beeswax, place in a sauce pan with about 2″, or double boiler, over medium/low heat.  Stir consistently to melt the bees wax petals quickly, this will help to not over heat the coconut oil.  Once all ingredients are melted turn off heat than stir in the Vitamin E, and other essential oils.

Now add the Cocoa Powder and stir vigorously for about 1 minute or until the cocoa powder is completely dissolved in the oil mixture.  Pour into Lip balm containers.  Recipe fills about 3, 1/2 oz containers.  Allow to cool completely before placing the lips on the containers.