What does one do when a recipe on our blog has been featured twice, creating the most commented recipe ever? Why, we make it again! Can you really go wrong with the classics?
We also gave out samples of this lip balm at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Conference 2010 in Denver, and Andee still had people taking to her about it. Wow! That speaks more for this recipe than anything I could ever say.
I really wanted to put this in our new Mini Lip Balm Tubes – they are so cute! Besides, can you really go wrong with cute and classy containers and a true classic lip balm? Not in my book! Let’s head to the kitchen for a truly scrumptious lip balm!
I used our Orange Butter in this recipe mostly for the flavor. This is a true orange with the best flavor ever! It also adds some soft, creamy texture. What a great start to a lip balm that is a show stopper!
The Hydrogenated Soy in this recipe is used to make a very creamy lip balm. I think Hydrogenated Soy is one of my favorite oils in lip balm. So good, and I love the texture. Add some Castor Oil for glide and gloss, and you have one of the simplest lip glosses with the greatest texture!
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
10 ounce batch
Fills about 115 Mini Lip Balm Tubes
22% Orange Butter
Weigh all ingredients except the Sugar Baby Flavor Oil into your microwave-safe container. Microwave in short bursts until all ingredients are melted. The beeswax will take the most time to melt, but if you stir the lip balm after the other oils have been heated, it will melt quickly.
Once the mixture is melted, add the Sugar Baby Flavor Oil . Stir until all of the flavor has been incorporated. Fill tubes or jars. Cool. Label.
You can add different flavors to this lip balm to complement the Orange Butter. Try Chocolate Cream for chocolate covered oranges, Island Delight for Island Smoothie, Peach for Fuzzy Navel, or Vanilla Banilla for an orange creamsicle.
This recipe filled about 115 mini lip balm tubes.
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I am really tempted to make a lip balm with orange flavor. I have heard that Orange Essential oils are photo-toxic. I was happy to see that this recipe uses Orange butter . The color of the butter is lovely. I saw that the butter is made up of Orange peel oil and wax. Is that safe on the lips ? I really do want to use it.
I hjad another generic question about lip balms. Is there a particular temperature when the melted mix is ready to pour in the lip tubes, such that they are not too hot for the tubes and at the same time don’t keep solidifying. I have tried using pipettes to put the balm in the tubes and they solidify inside the pipette almost before i am done with the second one. I pretty much have to dump that one and use a new pipette, but this gets frustrating. I was thinking of using a thermometer to maintain the right temperature before transferring to tubes. Please advise.
Thanks for a wonderful informative blog.
Orange Butter works well in lip balm because the amount of orange is dilute. Orange oil is a fantastic solvent and it can remove grease, wax and other oils from a surface. Get beeswax on your floor? Orange oil can take it off. Orange oil also takes of the finish of every no-wax floor. It is a strong solvent. For this reason when used at rates of most flavor oils (3 to 5%) the oil is so potent it causes the lips to dehydrate because the oils are not protecting the skin. This becomes pronounced with exposure to the sun and looks much like a sun or wind burn. This is where the term photo-toxic comes from, and it can even happen under cover or in the moonlight. So don’t think it is only a problem in the sunshine.
The best temperature depends on the formulation you use. When using waxes with higher melt points (carnauba or candelilla) then you will need a higher temperature to melt the whole mixture. Without complete melting you can cause fractionation in the lip balm mixture and this feels gritty when applied to the skin. Keep the pipette in your mixture and heat just a bit higher. If you can maintain this is an electric frying pan the it will be easier for you to fill the tubes. You might need two pipettes in your jar because it allows one to warm while you are using one that is still fluid. Don’t be afraid of squeezing out the pipette. And one more tip, never use a glass pipette for filling lip balm mixtures!