Raspberries are ripening all throughout the valley, and that means in my spare time, I am only in one place – the berry patch. I love the sun-kissed berries bursting over my tongue, the sweet yet tangy flavors bursting in my mouth. Yummy!
I have even taken to listening to audio books while out there so as to extend my time plucking berries from their thorny branches. My glee at the mound of small red berries is dampened by one thing. Those dratted thorns. They are absolutely catastrophic to my hands and cuticles. My hands are covered in minute scratches, making small tags that catch on everything! I have been using a jar of our Head to Toe cream, and that has done wonders, but my cuticles are still horrid. Come join me today for a cuticle jelly that will aid even a berry picker’s shredded hands!
I wanted to start my recipe out with soy wax. Soy wax is an amazing product. First, it is completely vegetable derived. It also is white in color. I love Candelilla Wax and Carnauba Wax, but I was using other items in my formulation to achieve a beautiful yellow color. I wanted a lighter opacity that would affect the color of my finished product.
I also added Lanolin. Lanolin is great at creating barriers for moisture. This means it prevents the water from evaporating, allowing your skin to remain moisturized and soft. One of my favorite things about lanolin is that a very small amount goes a long way. Yay for lanolin!
Next, I added Golden Jojoba into my formulation. Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid wax. Its chemical structure makes it very similar to oils that are naturally occurring in the skin. This is why so many people say Jojoba Oil feels “natural” to them.
Finally, I added Squalane. It is very similar to the substance squalene, which is a natural lubricant and moisturizer found in the skin. Squalane is derived from olives, making it vegan! You will love Squalane, because it really adds pizazz to your finished product.
Difficulty Rating: EASY
Start to finish: Less than 45 minutes*
Recipe in Percentages
2% Soy Wax
30% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5% Cocoa Butter, White
10% Mango Butter
30% Sunflower Oil
12% Golden Jojoba Oil
1% Vitamin E Natural
0.25% Green Tea & Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Q.S. Blue Oil Soluble Lip Balm Color
2 grams Soy Wax
0.08 oz Soy Wax
Weigh everything except the Vitamin E Natural, Squalane, fragrance oil, and color into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until everything has melted. (This will be at just about 150ºF so that the Soy Wax has been able to completely melt.)
Add the Vitamin E Natural, Squalane and fragrance oil.
Dip the end of a toothpick into the blue lip balm color, and stir the color into the cuticle jelly. Allow the cuticle jelly to cool and pipette into lip brush pens. Insert the brush end into the tube and press until it snaps closed. Cap, label and enjoy!
*Labeling your products may increase the length in time it takes to make this project from start to finish.