Two lip balms in two days

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Background

Although the spring has started here in Berlin, we had a cold dry week and my lips became very dry. So, besides drinking more water, I also used the opportunity to do something I haven’t done in a few months: mixed some pigments, chose some oils, butters and waxes, and came up with two wonderful lip balms - and easy to follow and hard to fail formula.

Trial & Error

I checked out some old formulas I’ve mixed before, and read in some book I have. I wanted to get the general ration for oils:butters:waxes so I could tweak it easily. The ratio was more or less 3:1:1 when using beeswax, and 6:2:1 when using candellila wax (for a vegan alternative). My first balm used the beeswax with mainly coconut oil. In the second recipe I’ve used candellila wax and instead of the coconut oil I’ve used castor oil. I like the second version more, but they are pretty similar. I find the castor oil is better for the lips than the coconut, which had much less healing effect for my dry lips.

After 2 days of using both balms, my lips have healed. Perhaps I will also try a combination of castor oil and coconut oil in one recipe. The scent of the cocnut is real nice.

For future trials I will probably enjoy using more oils variations and replace the shea butter with cocoa butter (also for its scent).

I used in both balms benzoin essential oil for the franrance. Not a big success. I have used for each batch (2 tubes) 10 drops, but the result smells like nothing. I don’t want to use more than this amount of essential oil, especially not for lips. Next I will use lavender or vanilla. For less sunny days I might do a batch with orange scent.

As for the pigment: I have mixed two hues, one more cherry-like, and another more nude. Well the nude one is basically mostly some shine. It was made with Iron Oxide Red, Titan Dioxide, and some pinkish Mica I had. The cherry gives a real color to the lips. It’s an impulsive mix of Iron Oxides (Red, Yellow), Titan Dioxide and a tiny bit of blue pigment. If I had some golden mica I would had that as well. On my next trials I will measure the exact amounts I mix for the pigments, for easier reproduction.

Formulation #1

*Makes 2 tubes of standard lip balm - plus a bit if you have a tiny jar

Phase Ingredient Percentage grams
Phase A: oils, butters, waxes Coconut Oil 38 8
  Meadowfoam Seed Oil 10 2.2
  Jojoba Oil 9 1.8
  Shea Butter 19 4
  Beesdwax 10 2.2
  Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax 9 1.8
Phase B: Pigment - - -
Phase C: cooling down vitamin E 2 0.5
  EO benzoin 2 0.5
  TOTAL 100 21

Preparation:

  • Mix and heat the oil phase ingredients, until everything has melted completely (around 65ºC).
  • Remove from heat and stirr in the pigment. Stir it using a stirring rod, until all the pigment has dissolved. There might still be some “pigment dust” at the bottom - that’s fine. If the mixture gets too quickly too cold and start to form, place it in the hot water pot again.
  • Once the pigment has fully dissolved, wait until the temperature drops to around 40ºC, then add the vitamin E and the essential oil and stir.
  • Quickly pour the mixture into the balm tube or jar and let to cool down completely, around 30 minutes.

Formulation #2

*Makes 2 tubes of standard lip balm - plus a bit if you have a tiny jar

Phase Ingredient Percentage grams
Phase A: oils, butters, waxes Castor Oil 39 8.2
  Meadowfoam Seed Oil 9 1.8
  Jojoba Oil 10 2
  Shea Butter 19 4
  Candellila Wax 10 2
  Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax 10 2
Phase B: Pigment - - -
Phase C: cooling down vitamin E 2 0.5
  EO benzoin 2 0.5
  TOTAL 100 21

Preparation:

  • Mix and heat the oil phase ingredients, until everything has melted completely (around 70ºC).
  • Remove from heat and stirr in the pigment. Stir it using a stirring rod, until all the pigment has dissolved. There might still be some “pigment dust” at the bottom - that’s fine. If the mixture gets too quickly too cold and start to form, place it in the hot water pot again.
  • Once the pigment has fully dissolved, wait until the temperature drops to around 40ºC, then add the vitamin E and the essential oil and stir.
  • Quickly pour the mixture into the balm tube or jar and let to cool down completely, around 30 minutes.

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