Lip Balms

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The following recipes are for 15 g of product. Beware: many lipstick tubes are not that big: they can be filled with 7-8 g of product!

Formulas

Basic recipe (flavourless)

Ingredientg
Beeswax3
Ricinus oil9
Cocoa Butter3

Procedure

Scale all the components and transfer them in a becher. Heat the becher in a water bath until the components are all melted. Then transfer the mix quickly in a stick tube (see at the end of the article some tips about different stick tube options) and place the stick tube in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.

Flavoured lip balm

Same as the basic recipe. After the components are completely melted, add few drops of flavour.
Important: the flavour MUST NOT be a cosmetic fragrance! It must be a specific flavour for lip products. Some examples are here on Glamour Cosmetics and here on Dragonspice.
Add the flavour only once the components are all melted, right before transferring the mixture into the stick tube.

Vitamin E lip balm

Ingredientg
Beeswax3
Ricinus oil6
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)3
Cocoa Butter3

Mint lip balm

Ingredientg
Beeswax3
Ricinus oil6
Menthol0.1
Cocoa Butter3
Peppermint aromasome drops

Beware: never touch menthol with your bare hands! It’s irritating!

How to pack the lip balms into stick tubes

There are several kinds of stick tubes available.

Plastic stick tubes with spiral

For example, these from Aromazone.
For these, the procedure is pretty simple: you just have to transfer your melted mix directly into the stick tube. Those from Aromazone have a capacity of roughly 7 g.

Classic lipstick tube (with push up-twist)

For example, like these from Aromazone (capacity 10 ml).
To pack a lipstick or a lip balm in these tubes, you will need either a specific tool (like this one from Dragonspice or this one from Aromazone), or – if you don’t care about the cool lipstick pointy tip – a 10 ml syringe. In this case, you can proceed as follows:

  1. Cut the tip of the syringe, such that the syringe opening is the full diameter of the syringe
  2. Pull the piston of the syringe up to the limit
  3. Place the syringe vertically on the table, standing on the piston
  4. Transfer the melted butter mix in the syringe and put it in the fridge. This way, the lipstick will take the form of a cylinder.
  5. When it is cold, push the butter cylinder into the stick tube with the piston.

Compostable ones

Like these.
These are a new entry in the world of packaging, they are made of paper that is made resistant to oil and the whole packaging is biodegradable and compostable. It’s a very nice thing, especially if your lip balm is intended to be a gift and you cannot reuse the stick tube.
I love these tubes, but they have some minor drawbacks: while the inside is made oil resistant, the outside is normal paper and gets greasy prints very easily; when you are ready to fill them, always CHECK that the push-up button is in the right position and not misplaced, otherwise you will have an unpleasant surprise when you start pouring your melted butter into the stick; lastly, they cost a bit more than the other options.

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