I am a self-confessing lip balm addict.
I have lip balm stowed within arm's reach no matter where I am. I remember as a little girl, being so happy to see that clear plastic candy cane filled with half a dozen different flavors of lip balm in my Christmas stocking. I loved lip balm in tubes, tins, and tubs in every flavor and color. And I still do, only difference is now I make my own.
Over the years I have tried many lip balm recipes and formulas. I have used various oils, beeswax, butters, flavorings, colors and containers. I have made every bit of it from scratch right down to grating my own beeswax, and I have also tried lip balm bases from different manufacturers. After all that, I settled on a favorite that uses a vegan lip balm base from Majestic Mountain Sage at http://www.thesage.com MMS is a company I have used for years for all my lip balm making supplies, including waterproof labels. A small jar of their vegan lip balm base runs around $8.00 and makes about 55 lip balm tubes like the size ChapStick comes in. The folks at Majestic Mountain Sage are helpful and quick to respond to my questions, and their products are super and reasonably priced.
So here we go, let's make some lip balm!
Here's what you'll need:
- Medium saucepan
- Pyrex measuring cup (glass)
- Syringes, or pipettes for adding flavor
- Toothpicks or something disposable to stir wax as it melts
- Lip balm base
- Lip balm tubes, tins, tubs or bottle caps
- Stickers or labels
Fill your medium saucepan about 1/3 with water.
After you've turned off the heat and added your flavors, the lip balm base will begin to solidify again so the next steps are done quickly, but safely. Remember, it's wax and it can be re-melted. Better to work more slowly and safely and re-melt if needed, than to rush and burn yourself with hot wax.It's time to carefully remove the Pyrex measuring cup from the hot water and slowly pour the melted lip balm base into your chosen lip balm container. Once in the container, the lip balm base will sink down a bit as it cools. There are ways to make the lip balm into a dome on the top, but none of them work very well for me so I'm not going to share them : )
As you can see, lip balm is very easy to make and everybody loves it. So lip balm makes a great gift. Lip balm can be sold online, given away to friends and family and used as gifts, favors and stocking stuffers. So when putting the finishing touches on your lip balm, it helps to know what you're going to do with it.
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