When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t expecting the amount of snow that was sitting outside. Since some of the employees have 8-plus inches of snow, and others can’t see the end of their driveways due to heavy wind, a snow day for MMS has been called until 10 am. We are waiting to see if this storm will follow the radar readouts or not. If it does, this storm is predicted to be a slow-moving storm, dumping lots of snow on us. Hopefully, the snow plows will be able to keep up with the snowfall!
If at 10 am the weather has calmed down, we will go to work and start working on your orders. As I was told, “If the birds are out, the sun is shining and people are breaking out the shorts, then we will go to work.” If at 10 am the weather and roads haven’t improved, we will be calling a complete snow day and none of our staff will go to work.
Now that I’ve given you the depressing news, I’m going to show you the plate test for testing the flavor of a lip balm. I was asked by jrdgarrett why the Saint Patrick’s Day Mint Balm didn’t have a Peppermint taste. How many times have you flavored a lip balm and decided AFTER you filled the tubes that the flavor just wasn’t strong enough or too strong? This is where the plate test is very useful.
Find a ceramic or glass plate. After you have flavored the lip balm, use a transfer pipette to drop one or two drops of the melted lip balm onto the plate. These drops of lip balm will cool very quickly. Rub your finger on the lip balm and then place the lip balm on your lips. You should make sure your hands are clean and don’t have any residual flavor on them, or the test is pointless. Ask yourself these questions: Is this flavor strong enough for what I wanted? Is this lip balm sweet enough? Do I need to add something to round this flavor? Am I happy with the flavor that this has produced?
If you can answer these questions to your satisfaction, then you can fill your lip balm tubes and be happy with the flavor results the first time!
The Saint Patrick’s Day Mint Lip Balm was flavored very lightly. If you feel that a flavor should be stronger, try sweetening it first. A sweetener will enhance the flavor of the lip balm without making the tingling sensation of the peppermint overwhelming. Try this and you will be surprised.
I will post photos to this entry later today when I can get to my camera.