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Beauty Tutorial 204 | Lipbalm

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess!
This is the tutorial for my LIPBALM recipe. To try my other DIY beauty products, click here.

Ingredients
1 Tablespoon [Tbsp] plus 1 Teaspoon [Tsp] Beeswax Pellets
1 Tbsp Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter [for this recipe, I Tbsp Cocoa Butter = 6 Cocoa Butter Wafers]
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3 Vitamin E Capsules
Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils [for this recipe, I used 10 drops each of Peppermint, Coffee & Orange for batch #1 and 10 drops each of Tangerine, Lemon and Peppermint for batch #2]

EPG Tip 1: The ratio for making this semi-solid lip balm is 3:1 or 3 parts oil/butter to 1 part wax. 
So for this recipe, the 3 parts oil/butter was the Coconut Oil [2 Tbsp] and the Cocoa Butter [1 Tbsp]. The 1 part wax was the Beeswax [1 Tbsp and 1 Tsp]. For firmer lip balm increase the wax [probably best to combat summer heat]. For softer lip balm, increase the Coconut Oil. Using the ingredients listed, I was able to fill nine (9) .25 oz lip balm pots, with a little drop left over for my test pot. You could also use lip balm tubes if you prefer. For larger quantity, double the recipe. Please bear in mind, these are only rough guidelines provided to help you get started. What works for me might not necessarily work for you. My recommendation is to experiment to find your preference and use kitchen scales if you want to be exact.
EPG Tip 2: For a pop of colour, grate some crayons [Crayola] or your favourite lipstick  into the warm wax. Stir well to evenly distribute.
EPG Tip 3: Beeswax can be difficult to remove once it is cold. Wiping your container(s) and utensil(s) immediately after use with disposable cloths first then washing in warm to hot soapy water removes all the oily residue. Don't forget to give your sink a good flush with boiling water as well to keep everything running smoothly. Every once in a while, I'll add baking soda and white vinegar to the sink disposal, let that sit for a few minutes then follow with boiling hot water to keep the drain clog free.

Method
1. Get your double boiler ready. You don't need anything fancy...just a pan for your boiling water and a heat-safe container inside of that to hold your ingredients for melting. I have a couple of old pans that I use specifically for my DIY beauty products. This one had a small mason jar lid sitting in the bottom to hold my container steady.


2. Add all your ingredients EXCEPT the fragrance. Beeswax  pellets and cocoa butter wafers are so much easier to work with than having to grate from a hard block.  
EPG Tip 4: Liquid Vitamin E Oil is expensive. I get around this by buying the capsules [especially when they're on buy one get one free] and just pierce them to get all the liquid out. It's a little messy, but the excess oil on your hands can be used to moisturize your cuticles...nothing goes to waste at EPGoddess!



3. Over medium low heat, gently melt your ingredients, stirring occasionally. Remember, you don't want to burn your ingredients and destroy all the natural goodness!


4. Once everything has melted, remove from the heat and add your fragrance. I made this recipe in two batches and used Orange, Coffee & Peppermint Essential Oils for batch #1 and Tangerine, Lemon and Peppermint for batch #2. You add whatever you like.
EPG Tip 5: Beeswax will set pretty quickly once you take it off the heat [which I learned], so what I did was remove the pan completely from the heat and left the mixing bowl sitting in the hot water, so the beeswax combo could stay melted while I added my fragrance. Stir well to evenly distribute the essential oils. [I set the bowl aside quickly so you could see as my camera kept getting steamed up as I tried to take the picture!]

 

5. Pour your mixture into your containers. Be careful, hot oil/wax can burn! If you're in a hurry, put these in the fridge to cool/set, but I just left them out on the counter.
EPG Tip 6: I covered my work surface in wax paper to catch any spills, which also meant one less thing to clean up!


6. Here's what the lip balm looked like after 5 minutes cooling at room temperature. My test pot only had a little balm in it but this had already set after a minute or two.


7. Here's what the balm looked like after an hour at room temperature.


8. And here we are the next day [about 12 hours after I originally made these].


9. I did design some labels for use on the covers or to place on the bottom of the containers, but I thought the Washi tape looked so much cuter. You can readily find Washi tape at any craft store. Not bad for a newbie crafter...even if I say so myself!!!


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Have fun in your kitchen!
EPGsig

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