Category Archives: Lip Balms

Formulating from your Cupboard – Day 3

Today we will be making Formulation #2. I targeted this lip balm to be vegan, firm and yet shiny. I have found sometimes it is really hard to formulate a vegan product. It is easy to make them overly stiff and waxy. It can also be hard to obtain a smooth product. Formulating today’s recipe was a big challenge for me. Come join me to see how well it turned out!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

After applying Formulation #2 to my lips, I was a little unsure about the lip balm. It was a soft lip balm and it had a very different texture. Though it is a softer lip balm, the application wasn’t particularly smooth and creamy. It almost had an ultra-fine gritty texture to it. As I let it sit on my lips, it started to warm up. I rubbed my lips together and I was surprised how the texture had changed. My body heat let it melt and it felt I had applied two products rather than one.

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

It felt like I had first applied a stiff, durable lip balm to my lips. Then to make sure my lips rubbed smoothly against each other, a tiny amount of a liquid oil was applied. I like this because my lips feel well protected while still allowing a little slip and glide.

While I did like this lip balm, I wasn’t particularly pleased with the slight grainy texture the lip balm had in the tube. This is where the Conditioning Emulsifier comes in. I think all I would need to do to ensure a smooth texture is increase my Conditioning Emulsifier just a little.

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Formulating from Your Cupboard – Day 2

For each of the lip balms we will be making this week, I gave myself a target. Did I want it to be vegan? Did I want it shiny? Soft? Firm? For our first formulation, I targeted a glossy yet firm lip balm. Come join me for how I approached using materials in my cupboard to make this lip balm.

Finished Lip Balm - Formulation #1
Finished Lip Balm – Formulation #1

When I first applied Formulation #1, I was struck by the creamy sensation of it gliding across my lips. I liked how it felt a little heavier and intense. While it wasn’t as firm as I was expecting, it wasn’t extremely soft either. If I wanted to make this formulation a little more firm, I might consider adding up to 5% of Carnauba or Candelilla Wax.

Weighing Waxes and Oils
Weighing Waxes and Oils

I was also pleased with the light glossy appearance it gave the lips. It wasn’t bright like applying a thick yet still liquid lip gloss. Instead this gave the lips a healthy yet natural looking shine. I think this makes this a great formulation for both men and women.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

The last thing I might change about this formulation is the usage rate of the Peppermint Essential Oil. While it wasn’t painful, it was strong. It definitely made my lips feel cool. While some people like that strong tingly sensation, I tend to like a more mild lip balm. Each to their own, right?

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Formulating from Your Cupboard – Day 1

ChemistOne question I hear on a regular basis is “How do I formulate with materials I have on hand rather than needing to place an order for XYZ product(s)?” This week I will share my secret by showing how to make a variety of lip balms. Once you learn this method of formulating, you will never want to go back!

The first thing we will need is an “inventory” of all of the materials we have on hand. I like to separate them into categories. I have waxes, liquid oils, solid oils. (I like to separate my solid oils into two categories. Things that are brittle at room temperature and the rest of them. This makes formulating much easier.) I also have categories for my extracts and flavors.

If I have it on hand, I will include Conditioning Emulsifier in my list under the waxes category. The Conditioning Emulsifier gives emolliency to the lip balm but it also makes it easier to use vegetable waxes without the formulation becoming to brittle or hard to apply. Consider Conditioning Emulsifier to being the secret to making a superbly successful vegan lip balm.

Once I have my “inventory” listed in a spreadsheet, I make notes on what I would like my finished formulations to be like. If I want a formulation to be vegan, I note that so I don’t forget during the formulating process. I generally don’t name my formulation until later but feel free to name yours anytime inspiration strikes!

When I start to formulate, I fill my boxes with numbers with the assumption that they are a percentage. This way it is easy to convert from a small recipe to a large recipe. I can even make a small 100 gram test batch!

Check out how I set up my formulation spreadsheet!

I like to use spreadsheets because I can add new products when they arrive or delete ones I have run out of. I always know what I have on hand. I can also make sure that my total is exactly 100. No need to track down floating numbers in my notebook. For me, that is a relief.

For the rest of the week, I will be making all of the lip balms that I formulated today. You will get to see how it is made, why I used the oils I did, what I thought of the formulations and the fabulous labels that Shayla has created for us! Stick around. This week is going to be awesome!

Taylor

 

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Throwback Thursday: Cookoo for Coconut Lip Balm

Finished Lip balm
Finished Lip balm

Our blog has featured hundreds of recipes, adventures and even some hilarious failures. It is a goldmine of information, ideas and inspiration. That being said, there are several recipes that I delight in making over and over again. So when I was asked earlier this week about how to make a lip balm with coconut flavor, this recipe immediately came to mind. Come join me!

Empty Beaker
Empty Beaker

This lip balm has spectacular fresh taste and creamy texture. I wanted something light in texture with a moderate amount of shine. I also wanted something that was easy to apply, regardless of the temperature. The Virgin Coconut Oil allows the mixture to melt when applied to the skin. The Castor Oil gives some of that shine and gloss while the Fractionated Coconut Oil keeps the formulation from feeling overwhelmingly heavy. The result is a lighter, smooth texture that is perfect as a daily lip balm.
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Flavor Testing

Setting up test batches
Setting up test batches

I love testing new products. For me, it is like being a kid in a candy store. So when you get a new product, let’s say a flavor oil, how do you determine what usage rate you like the most? Testing. Let me share with you how I test new items in order to determine what I like! You will love how easy it is.

Measuring out Mango Lip Solutions
Measuring out Mango Lip Solutions

Today I will be making some test batches with our Coconut Flavor Oil. I will be making a total of three different batches. Each batch will have 20 grams of Mango Lip Solutions. My first test batch will have 2% Coconut Flavor Oil. (0.4 grams of Coconut Flavor Oil) My second  batch has 3% Coconut Flavor Oil and 1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil. (0.6 grams Coconut Flavor Oil and 0.2 grams Sugar Baby.) The last batch will have 4% Coconut Flavor Oil. (0.8 grams of Coconut Flavor Oil)

Adding Flavors
Adding Flavors

To start, I set up my three beakers with my Mango Lip Solutions. I heated them so they were liquid. I then added my flavors and stirred well. I distributed the material into some mini lip balm tubes for testing purposes. I then labeled my bags so I could keep them separate. Pretty easy, huh?

Filling Test Tubes
Filling Test Tubes

Out of each of my test batches, I think I enjoyed the one with 3% Coconut Flavor Oil and 1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil the most. It had great coconut flavor with a hint of sweetness. I felt like it just had an extra oohmp that the others were lacking. Remember, this is just my personal preference and that taste is entirely subjective. What I like may not be the same as what you like, this is why testing is so important!

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Labeling Test Samples
Labeling Test Samples

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Virgin Pina Colada Lip Gloss

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

I am a major fan of tropical fruits. Papaya, mango, kiwi, pineapple, coconut and starfruit all find a place on my kitchen counter throughout the year. They are all just so yummy. I even like to make Pina Colada inspired smoothies. Just take a can of coconut milk and some frozen pineapple and you have a tasty treat!

Ingredients
Beeswax
Palm Kernel Oil
Virgin Coconut Oil
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba Oil
Lanolin
Pina Colada Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer
Immersion Blender

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
100 grams Beeswax
80 grams Palm Kernel Oil
80 grams Virgin Coconut Oil
52 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
40 grams Castor Oil
28 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
12 grams Lanolin
8 grams Pina Colada Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
3.53 oz Beeswax
2.82 oz Palm Kernel Oil
2.82 oz Virgin Coconut Oil
1.83 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
1.41 oz Castor Oil
0.99 oz Golden Jojoba Oil
0.42 oz Lanolin
0.28 oz Pina Colada Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
25% Beeswax
20% Palm Kernel Oil
20% Virgin Coconut Oil
13% High Melt Point Shea Butter
10% Castor Oil
7% Golden Jojoba Oil
3% Lanolin
2% Pina Colada Flavor Oil

 

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Weigh everything except the Pina Colada Flavor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. Add the Pina Colada Flavor Oil and stir well. Pour into tubes and allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Cap, label and delight your lips with a sweet treat. Enjoy!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

I intended this lip balm to be somewhat firm but very creamy. This recipe nailed it on the head. (Happy dance!) It has gotten rave reviews from the staff. Even our non-coconut fans have requested their own tubes. One gal commented on how she loved that it was glossy and so easy to apply with great staying power. She said she can’t wait to make some at home with her daughter. That sounds like so much fun!

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Taylor

Beeswax almost melted
Beeswax almost melted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Flavor Oil
Adding Flavor Oil

 

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Honey Elixir Lip Gloss

Finished Honey Elixir Lip Gloss
Finished Honey Elixir Lip Gloss

There is something delectable and enticing about sun warmed honey. One of my favorite ways to eat honey is atop a sweet, oven fresh cornbread and creamed butter. If the honey drips off the corn bread, not to worry, licking the honey off your fingertips is half the fun! (If you want the recipe I use, check out the cornbread recipe Dirk shared a while back!)

The label for our Honey Elixir Lip Gloss
The label for our Honey Elixir Lip Gloss
Ingredients
Beeswax
Castor Oil
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Lanolin
Squalane
Chamomile Extract
Calendula Extract
Honey Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Thermometer

 

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Tropical Illusion Lip Balm

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

I love vacations but I don’t always have the ability to just pick up and go. So I like to bring a vacation to me. Sometimes I do it by choosing a new scent for my lotion or I make bath salts so I can sit in the evening and relax. Today, I am providing a vacation to my lips! Come join me for a tropical illusion!

Ingredients
Soy Lip Solutions
Island Delight Flavor Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
286 g Soy Lip Solutions
5.5 grams Island Flavor Oil
5.5 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.63 lbs Soy Lip Solutions
0.2 oz Island Delight Flavor Oil
0.2 oz Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
96% Soy Lip Solutions
2% Island Delight Flavor Oil
2% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil

 

Heated Lip Solutions
Heated Lip Solutions

Start with the Lip Solutions Base of your choice. I will be using our Soy Lip Solutions base, but there are many to choose from. Select your favorite. Heat the base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Island Delight Flavor Oil and Sugar Baby Flavor Oil. Stir well.

Adding Flavor Oil
Adding Flavor Oil

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I like using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Putting lip balm in tubes
Putting lip balm in tubes

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of Lip Solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool then cap.

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm and give as gifts! If you want to try this lip balm for yourself, tell us in the comments field of your next order! We are sending over 500 lip balms to the shipping department!

Taylor

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Tantalizing Tangerine Lip Gloss

Finished Lip Gloss
Finished Lip Gloss

I love lip products. Lip balms, lip sticks, lip glosses, lip stains, etc. You name it, I have and love it. One thing that makes for some difficulties is that no lip product is  alike. Some are thick and heavy, some are light, others are long lasting while yet others are super shiny! With all of the possibilities out there, it is difficult to choose what to make and wear. Today I wanted to make a light weight lip gloss that has lots of shine. Come join me!

 

Ingredients
Beeswax
Mango Butter
Lanolin
Castor Oil
Golden Jojoba
Vitamin E Natural
Squalane
Green Tea Extract
Orchid Extract
Tangerine Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

 

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
4 grams Beeswax
60 grams Mango Butter
16 grams Lanolin
60 grams Castor Oil
44 grams Golden Jojoba
2 grams Vitamin E Natural
5.5 grams Squalane
4 grams Green Tea Extract
4 grams Orchid Extract
0.5 grams Tangerine Essential Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.14 oz Beeswax
2.12 oz Mango Butter
0.56 oz Lanolin
2.12 oz Castor Oil
1.55 oz Golden Jojoba
0.07 oz Vitamin E Natural
0.19 oz Squalane
0.14 oz Green Tea Extract
0.14 oz Orchid Extract
0.02 oz Tangerine Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
2% Beeswax
30% Mango Butter
8% Lanolin
30% Castor Oil
22% Golden Jojoba
1% Vitamin E Natural
2.75% Squalane
2% Green Tea Extract
2% Orchid Extract
0.25% Tangerine Essential Oil

 

Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax

Weigh everything except the Vitamin E Natural, Squalane, extracts and essential oil into a microwave safe container. Heat until everything is liquid. Add the remaining ingredients. Allow to cool the pipette into the doe foot pens. Insert the doe foot, cap and label. Enjoy!

Weighing Mango Butter and Lanolin
Weighing Mango Butter and Lanolin

Notes: I am in love with this lip gloss. It is ultra light while having some staying power. This is perfect just by itself or for adding some shine on top of a lip tint or lip stick color.  I liked how subtle the Tangerine was. It was not overpowering, which means it is perfect for date nights when you are going out for dinner. This lip gloss will not distract or detract from your food. Next time I think I would add just a little bit of Sugar Baby Flavor Oil to make it more enjoyable.

Weighing Liquid Oils
Weighing Liquid Oils

 

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Melted Lip Gloss
Melted Lip Gloss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooled Lip Gloss in Pens
Cooled Lip Gloss in Pens
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Caramel Latte Lip Balm

Finished Lip Balm. YUMMY!
Finished Lip Balm. YUMMY!

You know when a good friend introduces you to something so good, it feels like it has turned into an addiction. Yeah. I am suffering from the effects of a well intentioned friend. My new addiction, you ask? Caramel Lattes. Well, today I am going to give into that addiction and make a lip balm worthy of those liquid delights. Come join me!

Ingredients
Soy Wax
Candelilla Wax
Palm Kernel Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Castor Oil
Coffee Butter
High Melt Point Shea Butter
Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
10 grams Soy Wax
20 grams Candelilla Wax
20 grams Palm Kernel Oil
10 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
80 grams Castor Oil
20 grams Coffee Butter
36 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
4 grams Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
0.35 oz Soy Wax
0.71 oz Candelilla Wax
0.71 oz Palm Kernel Oil
0.35 oz Conditioning Emulsifier
2.82 oz Castor Oil
0.71 oz Coffee Butter
1.27 oz High Melt Point Shea Butter
0.14 oz Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
5% Soy Wax
10% Candelilla Wax
10% Palm Kernel Oil
5% Conditioning Emulsifier
40% Castor Oil
10% Coffee Butter
18% High Melt Point Shea Butter
2% Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil

 

Weighing Waxes
Weighing Waxes

Weigh everything into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. If the wax is slow to melt, remove the container from the microwave and stir.

Weighing Conditioning Emulsifier
Weighing Conditioning Emulsifier

This often allows the surrounding oils to melt the wax. When the mixture is completely melted, add the flavor oil. Mix well.

Weighing Castor Oil
Weighing Castor Oil

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I like using a filling tray because they are simple and fast. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess.

Weighing Coffee Butter
Weighing Coffee Butter

I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Weighing High Melt Point Shea Butter
Weighing High Melt Point Shea Butter

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool.

Heated Lip Balm
Heated Lip Balm

You may need to reheat your container of lip balm during this process. This is normal and to be expected. Allow the tubes to cool and cap.

Adding Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil
Adding Caramel Toffee Flavor Oil

Now you can give your lip balm an elegant label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts!

Taylor

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