|One of the many question I asked myself this week was, “How do I formulate my own lip balm?” To answer this question, I studied different recipes that I like to find similarities. I discovered that I love softer lip balms for daytime and firmer, waxier lip balms at night, right before bed. I learned that my favorite oils for lip balm are either Lanolin or Shea Butter.
Still, how do you choose what oils you think are best for lip balm? First, collect the oils that you think you will want in the lip balm. Once the oils are collected, choose an oil and rub it into your skin. This is where we highly recommend a notebook to record your notes about oils, fragrances, recipes, etc. Remember, if you like an oil in the winter, you may not enjoy the oil so much in the summer and vice-versa. Some questions that you may want to ask yourself are: Do I like the feel? Does it last on the skin? Does it have an odor or taste?
Neem may be fine for your feet or hands but intolerable right under your nose!
Once you have tested the different oils you are considering, you are ready to start creating a formulation. Still stuck? Check out our Make Your Own Lip Balm and test the recipe. You don’t have to follow these percentages exactly. We give ranges so you can try a few new ideas. If this makes a lip balm that is too soft, increase the waxes and decrease the soft butters or liquid oils. If you formulate with a recipe that is the same size each time (say 20 grams), you will find the small changes are easier to make. In other words, you will see, feel, and taste the changes more easily.
Rarely does a formulation come together and is perfect, on a 1st though 5th attempt. Lip balm is the same way. Testing gives answers to questions; sometimes the questions are ones you didn’t know you had! If you get stuck, send us and email with your formulation and what you like and dislike and the finished product. We’ll help you find the answers.