Category Archives: Lip Balms

Semi Solid Shea Oil Lip Balm

Finished Semi-Solid Shea Oil Lip Balm
Finished Semi-Solid Shea Oil Lip Balm

Making my own personal care products brings about an immense feeling of satisfaction. I take great pride in gifting friends and family with products I can say I made. There is just something amazing and incredible about the entire experience. It is like finishing your first knitted scarf, your first sewn pillowcase or even getting dinner on the table all by yourself. You just can’t wait to share!

Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax

Today is one of those days. While we are taking the week to feature a spectacular fixed oil, today is a great recipe where simple and magnificent blend to make a unforgettable lip balm. Due to how easy this lip balm is to make, this makes a perfect activity to kids and teenagers. As schools start up around the country, consider activities that allow kids to bond and express their creativity. Lip balms certainly are simple!

Weighing Olive Butter
Weighing Olive Butter

Besides featuring the Semi-Solid Shea Oil, I also wanted to showcase Olive Butter. It is a smooth, creamy product that I find absolutely sublime in lip balms. Trust me. This is one item you will want to try for yourself. You will find yourself wanting to use it everywhere!

Additionally I used our Root Beer Flavor Oil. It makes me feel like a kid again without requiring sticky fingers. Talk about totally awesome! Can anyone else hear what we have all said at one point or another? “Mooommm! You are so weird.” Who would have thought that phrase would come back to haunt me.

Ingredients
Beeswax
Olive Butter
Palm Kernel Oil
Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Castor Oil
Root Beer Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
40 g Beeswax
50 g Olive Butter
30 g Palm Kernel Oil
54 g Semi-Solid Shea Oil
20 g Castor Oil
6 g Root Beer Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
1.41 oz Beeswax
1.76 oz Olive Butter
1.06 oz Palm Kernel Oil
1.90 oz Semi-Solid Shea Oil
0.714 oz Castor Oil
0.21 oz Root Beer Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Beeswax
25% Olive Butter
15% Palm Kernel Oil
27% Semi-Solid Shea Oil
10% Castor Oil
3% Root Beer Flavor Oil

 

Weighing Palm Kernel Oil
Weighing Palm Kernel Oil

Weigh everything except the Root Beer Flavor Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything is liquid. If you still have a few stubborn beads of beeswax, don’t be alarmed. Simply remove the container from the microwave and stir. The heat from the liquid oils should melt the beeswax.

Add the Root Beer Flavor Oil to the liquid lip balm mixture. Stir well. For here you can either use a pipette to fill your lip balm tubes or use a filling tray. Use whichever is most convenient for you.

Weighing Castor Oil
Weighing Castor Oil

I like using a filling tray when making 50 or more tubes of lip balm because they are simple to use 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.

Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil
Weighing Semi-Solid Shea Oil

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 lip balm during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool then cap.

Adding Flavor Oil
Adding Flavor Oil

Now label your tubes of lip balm. Allow your creativity to flow! You imagination is your limit. Enjoy your Root Beer flavored lip balm!
Taylor

Ready to transfer to tubes
Ready to transfer to tubes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filling Lip balm Tubes
Filling Lip balm Tubes
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Creative Fixes and Ideas – Day 4

As the week draws to a close, I am ready for some time at home in my kitchen. While I don’t have plans for making soap or lotion, I was going to whip up a quick batch of lip balm before moving on to preserving and drying some of this yea’s harvest. I was planning on making the Strawberries and Champagne Lip Soother.

Here at the office, I am known as the lip balm addict. I always have a minimum of 3 lip products in my purse. As I type, I count 4 (make that 5) tubes of lip balm, 2 bottles of roll on perfume and one jar of lotion. That being said, I am not immune from over flavoring a batch of lip balm. One way you can avoid an over flavored batch of lip balm is to use the plate test.

We have featured the plate test on the blog before but it is such a useful technique, it is worth sharing again. You can use the plate test to determine color, flavor, texture and even firmness!

Testing color again
Testing texture and color with the Just for Her Glossy Lip Balm

To do the plate test, grab a ceramic, glass, china or even metal plate. You want something that is cool to the touch. Place a few drops of your product on the plate. Wait for it to cool and solidify. Once it is completely cool, you can evaluate color, texture, and flavor.

If you want to make any changes to your batch of lip balm, you can do this prior to pouring them into their containers. If you make any changes, be sure to place a few more drops on your plate to make sure your finished product is exactly what you want.

It is a quick and easy method to test without wasting great gobs of materials. Isn’t that awesome? I think so!

Taylor

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Throwback Thursday: Lemon and Basil Lip Balm

Summer is here and I’ve been enjoying fresh tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I’ll toss a bit of fresh basil and a squirt of lemon juice in with the diced tomatoes. Yum! While I’m making you hungry, join me as I make another batch of Taylor’s fabulous Lemon & Basil Lip Balm! I’ve followed her recommendation to change the recipe ever so slightly, so if you want to try the original recipe, click here. If you get a sample of this yummy lip balm, I hope you enjoy!

Andee

The Finished Lip Balm
The Finished Lip Balm
The skies are a beautiful blue with fluffy white clouds and bright sun. I am loving it! It is also making me ready for fresh flavors. I am dreaming of strawberries, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. Yum. I think I am ready to visit the local farmer’s market!

In the spirit of the growing season, I wanted to make a lip balm that takes two very popular flavors and blends them together for a delightful treat. Lemon and Basil with a hint of sweetness. With such fantastic weather, what could be better? Come join me in the blog kitchen for a creamy lip with fresh new flavor.

Ingredients
Castor Oil
Cherry Seed Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Beeswax
Mango Butter
Avocado Butter
Basil Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil, USA
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe: (Makes 10.08 ounces or 285 grams)

Recipe in Grams
57 grams Castor Oil
28.5 grams Cherry Seed Oil
28.5 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
43 grams Palm Kernel Oil
57 grams Beeswax
57 grams Mango Butter
8.5 grams Avocado Butter
0.5 grams Basil Essential Oil
2 grams Lemon Essential Oil, USA
3 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Ounces
2.02 oz Castor Oil
1.01 oz Cherry Seed Oil
1.01 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
1.51 oz Palm Kernel Oil
2.02 oz Beeswax
2.02 oz Mango Butter
0.30 oz Avocado Butter
0.01 oz Basil Essential Oil
0.07 oz Lemon Essential Oil, USA
0.10 oz Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Castor Oil
10% Cherry Seed Oil
10% Apricot Kernel Oil
15% Palm Kernel Oil
20% Beeswax
20% Mango Butter
3% Avocado Butter
0.1% Basil Essential Oil
0.9% Lemon Essential Oil, USA
1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Weigh everything except the flavor oils in a microwave safe container. Heat everything gently until it is crystal clear. Add the Lemon Essential Oil, Basil Essential Oil and Sugar Baby Flavor Oil. 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!

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Note to self: This lip balm was a huge hit. It was smooth, creamy and slightly sweet. I am sending over 100 samples of this lip balm to the shipping department. Try one for yourself!
Taylor

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils
Melted Lip Balm
Melted Lip Balm

Putting warm lip balm into containers. Creating a little bubble will lessen the divot that occurs when the lip balm cools.
Putting warm lip balm into containers. Creating a little bubble will lessen the divot that occurs when the lip balm cools.
Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

Adding Flavor Oils
Adding Flavor Oils

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Formulating from your Cupboard – Day 6

Today we are featuring the last formulation of our Formulating from your Cupboard series. While I am sad to see this series come to a close, I am excited to share Formulation #5. Come join me for a lip balm that is sure to knock your socks off!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

The goal for Formulation #5 was to have a soft lip balm with minimal shine. This lip balm does have a softer texture that glides smoothly when applied to the lips. Soft texture? Check!

The other goal for this lip balm was to have minimal shine. While it does not have the matte appearance that Formulation #4 does, it is not what I would consider shiny.

Weighing Beeswax
Weighing Beeswax

I also like how this lip balm stays on the lips without feeling heavy or greasy. It is light with great staying power. I think the icing on the cake in the recipe is the amazing honey flavor. Yummy!

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Formulating from your Cupboard – Day 5

Today’s featured lip balm is another vegan formulation. The goal was to have a vegan lip balm that was firm and had minimal shine. Let’s see how close we were to our goals!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

One of my goals was to have this formulation to have minimal shine. So you can imagine my surprise to find that after apply this to my lips there was no shine to speak of. It almost looked matte. I was astonished. I have never had a lip balm that was matte in appearance without the addition of colorants.

I am also delighted to learn that while this lip balm has a matte appearance on the lips, I didn’t need to sacrifice a creamy sensation on the lips to get it.

Weighing Soy Wax
Weighing Soy Wax

This lip balm had great texture and no shine to speak of. The one area it disappointed me was that it was softer than I wanted. While it has what I would consider a medium firmness, I must also remember that it is summer and the ambient temperature is higher than what it will be in the winter. I think this formulation would be perfect under winter conditions. For summer, I might consider making a small change to make the lip balm a little more firm.

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Formulating from your Cupboard – Day 4

We are halfway through our formulation project. Yesterday we made a vegan lip balm and it didn’t quite turn out the way I had wanted. It was close but it wasn’t there. ( I find creating vegan formulations to be my greatest weakness and it drives the perfectionist in me crazy!) To give myself a break, today’s formulation uses my favorite wax of all time – beeswax!

Finished Lip Balm
Finished Lip Balm

The goal for Formulation #3 is to have a softer, shiny product. I am excited to report that I am pretty sure I nailed it. This lip balm is soft and silky when applied to the lips. It also gives the lips a beautiful shine.

Weighing Waxes and Oils
Weighing Waxes and Oils

Just because this lip balm is shiny doesn’t mean that it is heavy. I was very happy with how light it felt on my lips. This is perfect for individuals who want a shiny product without being heavy, sticky or even gooey! It stays on the lips well without feeling distracting.

Weighing Oils
Weighing Oils

The last thing I really liked about this lip balm is the flavor. While I did add some Virgin Coconut Oil to this recipe, it is not enough to be distinctly coconut. Rather it adds dimension and intrigue to the Vanilla Banilla Flavor Oil. Wow! For the flavor alone, this might be my new favorite lip balm!

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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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