Today my studio was filled with the smell of warm Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil. absolutely nurturing on a cold autumn day. I was creating my Absinthe Rabbit lip balms, or rather 'Lip Therapy" as I've named these little therapies; Co-Co Dependent. Little eco-friendly push up tubes, that are filled with vanilla bean, cocoa butter from South America and a hint of Coconut Pulp CO2 that comes from Eden Botanicals.
Learning to make lip balms was one of my first explorations in creating an apothecary. Learning to adjust the amount of beeswax or candelilla flower was an ongoing experiment. Determining just the exact amount so the balm would not pull and drag across the lips, or dissolve and collapse on contact. Then, the joy of pouring slowly and precisely, into beautiful, earth friendly little tubes that increase in beauty the more they are applied, revealing love and use from their owner.
I have chosen not to use any essential oils in these lip balms. I love that they are 'naked', pure and simple. Plus sometimes I find essential oils can be drying to lips. Also since the main ingredients are organic CO-coa butter, and CO-conut oil, I wanted the smell of the butters and oils without interference, although I do believe adding vanilla bean enhances the depth of these two ingredients.
The name, I came across years ago. I was teaching a training in one of my favorite towns; Fairfield, Iowa, and it was in a studio above a chocolate shop. During our breaks everyone would dash down the stairs and purchase delicate little chocolate creations; sea salt caramel, white chocolate rasberry, dark chocolate cream, roasted almond trufflle...... We had an ongoing joke about the amount of chocolate we were consuming.
After the completion of the training, we went to see Swami Beyondananda who was performing in the studio directly after us. The Swami's motto is 'wake up laughing' and the event was filled with several laugh out loud moments. Especially when he mentioned that if we were chocolate lovers we may not just be co-dependent, but co-co dependent!
Co-Co Dependent is Therapy for the lips. Available only during the months of autumn and winter. Apply. Smile. Need Less Therapy.
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