Lip Balm 101 – First Test Batch


Today I’m going to take the formula I developed yesterday and make a test batch. This will be a very small batch – just 50 grams.

To recap, I’m basing my formula on the following guidelines:

• 20% Beeswax*

• 25% solid at room temperature oil (Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Lanolin, etc.)

• 15% brittle at room temperature oil (Cocoa Butter, Palm Kernel Oil, etc.)

• 40% liquid oil at room temperature (Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, etc.)

*If you want to use a vegetable wax such as Carnauba, Candelilla, or Soy, you’ll want to use about half the amount of Beeswax and add the additional amount to your solid oils.

These are the ingredients I chose to use and what you’ll need if you’re making this along with me.

Supplies

Candelilla Wax
Handcrafted Shea Butter
Palm Oil
Babassu Oil
Cocoa Butter, deodorized
Avocado Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Jojoba Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil

Equipment

Scale
Small heat-safe container
Spoon
Pipettes
Lip Balm Jars and Lids

Formula

10% Candelilla Wax
15% Handcrafted Shea Butter
5% Palm Oil
10% Babassu Oil
17% Cocoa Butter, deodorized
18% Avocado Oil
15% Apricot Kernel Oil
8% Jojoba Oil
2% Peppermint Essential Oil

50-gram Test Batch

5 grams Candelilla Wax
7.5 grams Handcrafted Shea Butter
2.5 grams Palm Oil
5 grams Babassu Oil
8.5 grams Cocoa Butter, deodorized
9 grams Avocado Oil
7.5 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
4 grams Jojoba Oil
1 gram Peppermint Essential Oil

Instructions

Weigh all ingredients but the essential oil into a small beaker or other heat-safe container. Microwave in very short time bursts (10 seconds), swirling the mixture after every heating. As soon as most of the ingredients are melted, stir with a spoon to finish melting the wax.

Add the essential oil, stirring well to combine.

Pour lip balm into containers. I’ll be using jars instead of tubes this time.

Allow to cool completely before capping and labeling. Enjoy!

Ingredients in beaker before melting.

Lip balms freshly poured.

Notes

The 50-gram test batch filled 6 of our 33 mm lip balm jars.

It turns out this is a pretty soft, oily lip balm. I feel like it’s not ideal for the hot summer temps. On the other hand, I like the composition and how easily it spreads on the lips and absorbs.

I’m going to tweak it a little tomorrow to see if I can reduce that oiliness just a bit. Check back tomorrow!

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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