|Christmas and New Year are not big holidays here in China. Now Christmas doesn’t particularly surprise me but I thought that there might some excitement over the Gregorian calendar New Year. I was surprised to find that most people go out for dinner or maybe karaoke but otherwise it would be just another quiet night in Beijing, China.(As quiet as a night gets in such a large city. 😉 )
However, China is gearing up for the Lunar New Year. The enormity of the holiday is crashing about my ears!I have found that as people get ready to go home for the Lunar New Year or I get introduced to new people, it is common for gifts to be exchanged. I wanted to share my two recipes for a lip balm that I keep in my bag just in case I find myself in need of a small gift to exchange. And the best part is that a lip balm doesn’t take much space in my purse either!
Today we will be looking at recipe I formulated both for texture and light color. I prefer creamy, smooth and easy to apply lip balms. I also really like lip balms light in color, especially when I will be adding color to it.
I used Soy Wax because it is so light in color. However, I have found that using the Soy Wax is a little tricky. You need to make sure that is is fully melted. The liquid lip balm mixture should have a bright, clear, glistening quality to it. Otherwise, you may struggle with fractionation, due to the fact that it wasn’t fully melted.
I used High Melt Point Shea Butter in this formulation. I prefer High Melt Point Shea Butter over the regular Shea Butter for anhydrous mixtures, like lip balm. Shea Butter lends a creamy and soft shine to the lip balm.
I also used Peach Kernel Oil. It is a light oil that adds a nice smoothness to the lip balm without lending a heavy greasiness to the final product. I think Peach Kernel Oil is a absolute must to add to your selection of luxury oils.
The last little things I added to this recipe was a flavor oil, essential oil and lip balm color. I wanted it to be flavored with the Rose Otto Essential Oil but I also wanted it to be a little sweeter. I also wanted a smidgen of color. I thought an elegant pink would fit the flavor perfectly!
Weigh everything except Sugar Baby Flavor Oil, Rose Otto and Ruby Lip Balm 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 Rose Otto, Sugar Baby Flavor Oil and Ruby Lip Color. I used a toothpick to add the Ruby Lip Color and the Rose Otto. With both of these ingredients, a toothpick amount is all you need. A little goes a long way. Stir well. Pour into containers and allow to cool. Label and enjoy!