When I make lip glosses, I always have people asking me “Is it hard to make? Do I need a million ingredients?” The answer is NO! Lip glosses are really easy to make and are used for many simple makeup routines. Come with me and let’s make a lip gloss worthy of YOUR makeup routine!
This lip gloss will not tint or color the lips due to the small amount of color being used. It will give shimmer and shine as we are using Castor Oil and Silver Mica.
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Recipe: (Makes 1 ounce or 28 grams. Fills approximately 14 lip brush pens.)
Begin by weighing the Carnauba Wax and Castor Oil. After measuring the ingredients, microwave using short time bursts until the wax is melted. Add flavors. Now the color and mica can be added. I used the tip of a clean pipette and pulled it across the top of the color and then used that pipette to stir the mixture until the color was completely mixed in. I then used a new pipette and put the tip into the mica to scoop a small amount into the lip gloss. Using the pipette I used for the color, I stirred the mixture to decide if it needed more mica or not. Once you are satisfied with the color, fill the brushes while the mixture is still warm. Leave them standing upright until they have cooled. After the mixture has cooled, then you can put the tips and caps on. If the mixture gets into the small metal tube before it is completely cooled, the metal can cause the mixture to solidify over the opening and material will be difficult to advance into the brush.
I hope you enjoy making this delightful lip gloss that is a perfect addition to your purse or makeup bag!
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I love making lip glosses because they are so simple to make and yet are one bit of makeup that I will regularly wear. Since I’m a total Java Junkie, I created this yummy lip gloss that isn’t overpoweringly coffee and yet still mildly coffee flavored. Think latte or cappuccino and now you have imagined the flavor for this yummy lip gloss!
This lip gloss is easy to make. It does not tint or color the lips because of the small amount of color used. That being said, this lip gloss will give shimmer and shine to the lips since we are using Castor Oil and Silver Mica. Let’s go have some fun!
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Recipe: (Makes 1 ounce or 28 grams. Fills approximately 14 lip brush pens.)
Note: Q.S. means quantity sufficient. You do not need much Silver Mica or Oil Soluble Lip Balm Colors. This recipe needs so little that we can’t measure it! So we use Q.S. to say use as much as you need to achieve the right color, flavor, etc.
Begin by weighing the Carnauba Wax, Castor Oil, and Coffee Butter. After measuring the ingredients, microwave using short time bursts until the wax is melted. Add flavors. Now the color and mica can be added. I used the tip of a clean pipette and pulled it across the top of the color and then used that pipette to stir the mixture until the color was completely mixed in. I then used a new pipette and put the tip into the mica to scoop a small amount into the lip gloss. Using the pipette I used for the color, I stirred the mixture to decide if it needed more mica or not. Once you are satisfied with the color, fill the brushes while the mixture is still warm. Leave them standing upright until they have cooled. After the mixture has cooled, then you can put the tips and caps on. If the mixture gets into the small metal tube before it is cooled, the metal can cause the mixture to solidify over the opening and material will be difficult to advance into the brush.
Color Note: While the Coffee Butter contributes minimal color, I wanted a little more of a “coffee” color. To achieve that I used approximately 3 parts Yellow, 2 parts Coral and 2 parts Black.
I hope you enjoy making this delicious lip gloss!
A lip balm is easy to make, so I created the following formula for Carolyn. Before we jump into the formula, let’s talk about Acai Butter. I agree with Carolyn that it is a lovely color and I would love to see this color in a finished lip balm. That being said, I have yet to get the color to stay while making a lip balm that works well. The purple tones are some of the hardest colors to achieve in a lip balm without using a large amount of color. When I have made different products using the Acai Butter, the color from other ingredients over powers the color of the Acai Butter and the finished product has a lovely tan color. This includes the Lotion Bar and the Superfruit Lip Scrub. While the Lip Scrub only contains less than 5% of Acai Butter, the Lotion Bar contains 25% of Acai Butter and yet still is a lovely tan.
So, let’s make this recipe and see if we are headed in the right direction as far as texture and consistency. If we are headed in the right direction, then let’s make an infusion of Alkanet Root Powder in the Sweet Almond Oil and try this to make a reddish-purple color in the finished lip balm. Or we can use the Oil Soluble Lip Colors and mix Ruby with Blue to get a purple color.
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Palm Kernel Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Huckleberry Flavor Oil
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Containers for the finished products
Recipe: (Makes 100 grams or 3.53 ounces)
|Recipe in ounces
0.71 ounces Beeswax
0.56 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
0.88 ounces Acai Butter
0.88 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
0.35 ounces Castor Oil
0.14 ounces Huckleberry Flavor Oil
|Recipe in grams
20 grams Beeswax
16 grams Palm Kernel Oil
25 grams Acai Butter
25 grams Sweet Almond Oil
10 grams Castor Oil
4 grams Huckleberry Flavor Oil
|Recipe in Percentages
16% Palm Kernel Oil
25% Acai Butter
25% Sweet Almond Oil
10% Castor Oil
4% Huckleberry Flavor Oil
Weigh all ingredients into your microwave safe container. Microwave using shorts bursts of time until all of the ingredients are melted. Once all the ingredients have been melted, pour into your desired lip balm tubes or pots. Allow to cool completely before capping. This recipe will fill approximately 22 Lip Balm Tubes of the 0.15 size.
There are specks of the Acai Seed in this butter, so don’t be alarmed by any particles that will settle down on the bottom of your microwave safe container. Simply fill the tubes and leave the particles at the bottom of the container.
Carolyn, I hope this helps you with a starting point. Let me know if there are any changes that we should make and we will make the perfect Acai Butter Lip Balm for you!
I recently received a great query through our technical support email that inquired about how to create a lip balm with two different flavor oils and how to calculate for each. The two flavors in question are Chocolate Cream Flavor Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil. As some of you know, my answers often appear to be questions instead.
Here is the dialog so you can follow along and learn how to use two flavors AND how to do the math.
Customer: I would like to combine your chocolate cream and peppermint for a holiday lip balm. My recipe is a total 4.6 oz and makes about 26 tubes. Can you please help me figure how much of each flavor oil to use?
MMS: Do you weigh the items to make your lip balm mixture? If so, do you weigh in ounces?
Customer: Yes, I weigh in ounces. Thank you.
MMS: Does your scale offer metric units? Grams? if so, what is the readability (the smallest unit the scale can weigh and how does it increment upwards)?
Customer: My scale does offer grams….1 g is the smallest and it goes up 1 gr at a time.
MMS: These answers are awesome! You ask a good question and the answer is difficult to calculate without these answers.
Chocolate Cream is generally used at 2-4% of your mixture. So we calculate 4.6 x 3% to give us a good chocolatey flavor. Without a percent sign on the calculator it looks like 4.6 x .03 = .138
I doubt the scale goes to 1/1000 of an ounce so it becomes hard to weigh. This is where weighing in metrics can help. The 4.6 ounces becomes 130.4 grams, and the .138 ounces becomes 3.9 grams. We are still dealing with some limitations on the scale but now we know how close we can really get. The peppermint is even harder. I would make the test batch with 3% Chocolate Cream and 0.3% Peppermint Oil. It is easy enough to add more flavor but more difficult to add more fixed oils to make a double batch of lip balm.
4.6 oz x 0.003 = .0138 oz Peppermint
130.4 x 0.003 = 0.039 grams Peppermint
It looks to me that making a master batch of this flavor mixture is the better route to go. It would be 10 grams Chocolate Cream and 1 gram Peppermint Oil. From there you would calculate 3.3% or multiply by 0.033 to get the weight needed.
Long explanation isn’t it?
Customer: Wow! Now I don’t feel so bad about how much trouble I was having trying to figure this out. I think you are right, a master batch would be the best route. I am so grateful for your help. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
MMS: I would love to hear how your master batch turns out.
Customer: Just an update for you – the master batch was great. I made the lip balm this morning, and I like it. I’ll pass out a few over the weekend and see what others say. You can smell the chocolate right away and the mint is not overwhelming but you get it. I think it is just what I wanted. Can’t thank you enough!
From our team to yours: any time MMS can make your project seem more enjoyable and successful from the very first test batch then we are thrilled! It is what we work for each day. If you have two flavor oils that you would like to combine, offer them here in the comments and I will assist with some math and suggestions. If you don’t want a public answer, go ahead and send in your request to us in email. We will keep that private for you.
There are three possibilities that can cause this issue.
- The propel-repel mechanism was adjusted by twisting before the lip balm tubes were filled. Lip balm tubes come from the manufacturer with their propel-repel mechanism set at the correct point for. Never adjust this mechanism. This happens most with the Clear Lip Balm Tubes. Why? The space under the propel-repel mechanism has people thinking they have been “cheated” on fillable lip balm tube space! This space is important for the lip balm tubes to work properly and is in all tubes, no matter their color.
- Your customer (or a child) twisted the lip balm up and then twisted it all the way back down and disengaged the propel-repel mechanism. We’ve even done it ourselves on accident!
- Your formula has a high percentage of waxes and/or oils with high stearine content. This doesn’t mean that having 20% of any wax will make your lip balm tubes stick! It will depend on your formula. Your formula may have a high percentage of wax and yet still be fine because you don’t have any brittle oils and lots of liquid oils. If you aren’t sure if your formula is causing the lip balm to be stuck in the tube, test your lip balm using the plate test.
I hope this has helped you learn more about lip balms and lip balm tubes!
|To me summer is time out in the sun with parades, bonfires and fireworks. That means a long and busy day with much of it being out in the sun. Well, Utah is dry, dry, dry! After being outside all day, most people want to retreat inside with large glasses sweating while ice clinks inside. One thing I have found that helps is applying lotion and lip balm throughout the day to prevent that painful dryness that you feel as you climb into bed. So, let us head to the blog kitchen to whip up a lip balm? See you there!
First, I decided to make this lip balm using Soy Wax. Now I have found Soy Wax can be a little temperamental but it is perfect for the summer because it takes a little bit for it to melt. So if you live in terror of your lip balms failing the pocket test, Soy Wax is here to the rescue!
Second, I used Palm Kernel Oil. Palm Kernel is a great oil to use during summer when it gets so hot. If you are like me and tend to leave your lip balms in the car, Palm Kernel Oil will help it stay in place. Well….. until it melts anyway. Palm Kernel Oil also adds a medium weight feeling while stretching your dollar so it can do more.
Next, I added a tiny amount of Lanolin. Now, for those of you who do not like the smell of Lanolin, don’t worry. The usage rate is very low. So it would be highly unlikely that you will be able to smell it in the finished product.
I also used Macadamia Nut Butter. This creamy butter makes the finished lip balm a dreamy concoction! Macadamia Nut Butter is a wonderful mix of light, smooth, and long lasting glide perfect for the lips. Try some for yourself today!
Last, I used Castor Oil. I consider Castor Oil to be Queen of liquid oils for lip balms. Castor Oil has long lasting, durable glide. It is makes makes lips stick glide so smoothly when being applied.
Weigh everything except Champagne Flavor Oil and Ruby Lip Color in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. Add the Champagne Flavor Oil and and a quantity sufficient of Ruby Lip Color to tint the lip solution. Stir well. Cool slightly. You don’t want to put a superheated lip balm into containers. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely. Label and enjoy!
I may not hold the title of the Queen of Lip Balms since Taylor generally has a collection of lip balms, glosses and lip sticks in her purse. (The smallest collection I’ve ever seen in her purse at one time was a mere 4 lip products!) Even though my pocket or purse only holds 1 (or maybe 2) lip balms at a time, I’m still fond of occasionally using a lip gloss.
I’ll be using the Lip Gloss for the Lip Brush recipe found in our Recipe Collection. I did make a few changes for the flavor, but I think those changes were for the better!
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Recipe: (Makes 1 ounce or 28 grams. Fills approximately 14 lip brush pens.)
Note: Q.S. means quantity sufficient. You do not need much Silver Mica or Yellow Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color. This recipe needs so little that we can’t measure it! So we use Q.S. to say use as much as you need to achieve the right color, flavor, etc.
Begin by weighing the Carnauba Wax and Castor Oil. After measuring the ingredients, microwave using short time bursts until the wax is melted. Add flavors. Now the color and mica can be added. I used the tip of a clean pipette and pulled it across the top of the color and then used that pipette to stir the mixture until the color was completely mixed in. I then used a new pipette and put the tip into the mica to scoop a small amount into the lip gloss. Using the pipette I used for the color, I stirred the mixture to decide if it needed more mica or not. Once you are satisfied with the color, fill the brushes while the mixture is still warm. Leave them standing upright until they have cooled. If the mixture gets into the small metal tube before it is cooled, the metal can cause the mixture to solidify over the opening and material will be difficult to advance into the brush.
|I love lip products. I think more than half of my posts have been lip related, which is saying something because I have written a lot of blogs. Some of my favorite lip balms, lip sticks and lip glosses are creamy with smooth glide. They also don’t feel too heavy on the lips. Sure, I have a few that I love that are heavy and sticky but it is good to change things up a bit.
Today I wanted to make a lip gloss that is creamy, a little more viscous but still light on the lips. This can present a bit of a challenge. A light feeling lip gloss that won’t go running everywhere is not easy. Oils and waxes that make a product more viscous tend to be heavier weight oils. Take Castor Oil for example. It is a heavy weight oil that provides viscosity and glide. It is also one of my favorite oils for lip products. However, because I am presenting myself with a challenge, I will not be using Castor Oil. I will approach formulating a lip gloss in a completely new method for me. Are you intrigued? I hope so! Come join me in the kitchen for a fabulous and very different lip gloss.
First I started with Beeswax. At a low percentage, beeswax can contribute to the viscosity without making the finished product feel heavy or more importantly, waxy.
I also used Aloe Butter. Aloe Butter lends itself nicely to this formulation challenge. It is solid at room temperature but melts on the skin. This means it helps with keeping the viscosity of the product prior to use but once applied, applies itself to a light emollient feeling.
High Melt Point Shea kept this formulation from feeling too light. While I am looking for a light lip gloss, I didn’t want this to feel like a lip oil. I wanted it to have a little substance to it. It also helps give an enjoyable, lasting creaminess.
Next I used Vitamin E Acetate. Vitamin E Acetate is an anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants helps prevent your oils from turning rancid. Have you ever dug a lip stick out of the bottom of a drawer or purse, applied it then promptly thrown it away because it tastes bad? This is because the oils have oxidized. Nasty, right?
Next I used Macadamia Nut Oil. This oil is a light to medium weight oil. Macadamia Nut Oil is great because it is lighter but has a nice glossy finish. It is also wonderful for label appeal because it is consider more of an exotic oil.
Cherry Seed Oil is a nice, light weight oil. Cherry Seed Oil is high in oleic acid. It is also very good for combating dry, itchy skin. Can you think of a better light weight oil for lip balm?! It is perfect.
This just leaves Orchid Extract and Champagne Flavor Oil in this formulation. Orchid Extract is a wonderful booster. Extracts take a good product and make them great! I chose Champagne Flavor Oil because I felt this formulation was a light luxury lip gloss. However, feel free to use any flavor oil of your choice. If you use an essential oil or other flavor oil be sure to adjust the percentage as needed. Not all flavors are used at the same rate!
The finished lip gloss is mildly fluid but not very. It would slowly roll down a vertical pane of glass. For this reason, it would be best to put this formulation into a lip brush or pen. It would only work in a roller bottle if it is constantly warm. However in the winter months, it would be frustrating to use.
Weigh everything except Champagne Flavor Oil and Vitamin E Acetate in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. Add the Champagne Flavor Oil and Vitamin E Acetate. Stir well. Cool slightly. You don’t want to put a superheated lip gloss into containers. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely. Label and enjoy!
|As we have been having all kinds of fun with coconut this week, I decided that we needed to feature a lip balm. After all, you can’t have a themed week of coconut without a lip balm. That is all kinds of goodness that would be missed! I wanted to change this recipe up a little bit by using soy wax and by adding silver mica for a little bit of shimmer. Let’s go make some lip balm!Soy Wax is a wonderful ingredient to work with. However it can be prone to fractionation making it a little tricky. Just make sure you heat it up well enough and it will work just fine for you!
Virgin Coconut Oil is a dream to work with! It has wonderful odor and flavor. It also melts near body temperature making any lip balms just glide smoothly onto the lips.
I also used Palm Kernel Oil in the recipe. I like Palm Kernel Oil because it is white and it also fills my need for a brittle oil in the lip balm formulation. An added bonus is how economical it is to add to a formulation. You don’t need to break the bank on your soaps, lotions and other toiletries. You can have amazing products without having to pay through-the-roof prices.
Castor Oil gives lip products a smooth creaminess and long lasting power. Castor Oil also gives lip products their smooth glide, which is so common it has become a signature.
Lastly, I used Cherry Seed Oil in this formulation because of how light it is. It will not feel heavy or greasy. Perfect for an intro to summer!
Weigh everything except the Coconut Flavor Oil and the Silver Mica in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. If it does not get hot enough to completely melt the Soy Wax, it could fractionate. If unsure, try the plate test before putting into containers. Add the Coconut Flavor Oil and the Silver Mica. Stir well. Pour into containers and allow to cool. Label and enjoy!
The Plate Test: The plate test allows you to try your lip balm to see if it has the perfect flavor, color and texture prior to filling your containers. I consider this test invaluable because it prevents failed batches, even those that have failed due to fractionation. You can catch it prior to filling your containers, preventing the entire project from needing to be scrapped. Whew! Isn’t that wonderful?
To use the plate test method have a porcelain, glass or ceramic plate on hand. I use one that is at room temperature. This gives you the most accurate texture information versus using a plate that has been in the freezer. A plate that was in the freezer will actually promote the balm feeling more brittle than it really is. Take a few drops of your lip balm solution and drizzle them onto your plate. Allow them to set up. This should take no more than about 15 to 30 seconds. Rub your finger on the cooled lip balm. You can then rub it on your lips.
Is the taste right? How about the texture? If it is just right, you can fill your containers. If not, check your notes. Did it get hot enough? What is in your formulation? Did everything get added? Remember, if you are struggling with fractionation just stop and let the lip balm set up. Call or email us and we can review your formulation and process. Don’t fill the containers with lip balm that isn’t quite right. Remember, we are only an email or phone call away. We can help!
|I love light, treatment style lip oils. They are perfect for when your lips are super dry and water just isn’t cutting it. Light lip oils are not heavy or tacky. They are great for chapped lip because they allow the lips to slide over each other instead of catching. Doesn’t that sound great? Let’s head off to the kitchen!I started this formulation with Aloe Butter. It has a dreamy texture and a lower melt point allowing for light, smooth gliding during and after application. The Aloe Butter also prevents this formulation from being so liquid it leaks out of the Doe Foot Pen.
Next I used Macadamia Nut Oil. This is a light to medium weight oil. Popular in massages, it adds nice glide without feeling overwhelmingly heavy.
At this point, I still needed something a little more solid to keep it from leaking all over the place. Cocoa Butter is a perfect choice, especially considering it will melt on the skin! I chose to use Deodorized Cocoa Butter so it would not interfere with any flavors I might choose to use.
My formulation was still to high in liquid oils so I added Beeswax. This does two major things in this formulation. First, it keeps it viscous enough to stay in the pen and second, once applied, it gives a protective coating to the lips. This makes it perfect for dry and/or cracked lips.
Lastly, I used Vitamin E Acetate. Vitamin E Acetate is an anti-oxident. It prevents your oils from oxidizing or in the case of a lip product, tasting funny. Vitamin E Acetate is a wonderful product to use, particularly if you are using oils with a shorter shelf life.
Weigh everything except Coconut Flavor Oil and Vitamin E Acetate in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. Add the Coconut Flavor Oil and Vitamin E Acetate. Stir well. Cool slightly. You don’t want to put a superheated lip gloss into containers. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely. Label and enjoy!