The other day I asked myself why I have never used any of our wonderful extracts in lip products. Once I made sure the extracts are all lip safe (they are!), I set out to choose just one to enhance the effects of a nice lip balm.
Seems like everyone’s having terrible winter weather, so I wanted to focus on something healing and moisturizing. I chose Comfrey Leaves Extract.
The extract is emollient, healing, anti-inflammatory, astringent, promotes tissue repair and is moisturizing to the skin. Comfrey leaves have a long history of being used as a healing herb. Let’s see how the extract does in a lip balm.
To create my formula, I went to the Recipes section of our website and looked up “Make Your Own Lip Balm” to get a starting point. After matching my supplies on hand with percentages needed, I came up with a formula. I’m going to use our wonderful Oil Perfection Base as part of my liquid oils, and this has an advantage for this lip balm; it already contains Aloe Extract and Orchid Extract to go along with the Comfrey Leaves Extract I’m using.
What You’ll Need
50-gram text batch
10.5 grams Beeswax
Weigh all ingredients but the Comfrey Leaves Extract and Green Apple Flavor into the container you’ll use to heat the mixture. Heat gently in microwave or double boiler, stirring often, until all waxes and oils have melted.
Add Comfrey Leaves Extract and Green Apple Flavor; stir well.
I highly recommend using a Lip Balm Filling Tray to hold the tubes steady while you pour or pipe the liquid lip balm into them.
Once tubes are filled, allow them to sit, still in the filling tray, until the lip balm has hardened. Then remove from the filling tray and put on caps and labels. Enjoy!
I used 3% of the presweetened Green Apple Flavor Oil, and I would like it to be stronger. Next time I think I’d use 4% of the Green Apple and maybe 1% of Sugar Baby or Caramel Toffee to give it a little boost.