Home made lip balm is pretty easy to make.
With this formula in mind you can create your own recipe.
40% liquid oil such as Olive Oil and Almond Oil
25% solid oil such as Coconut Oil, Palm, and Shea Butter
15% Cocoa Butter, Illipe Butter, Palm Kernel Oil.
If you want to put flavored oil in your recipe you use about 3-4 % of flavoring to your whole recipe.
You can make any size recipe you want.
Here is a simple recipe:
1.6 oz avocado oil
1 oz coconut oil
.8 oz beeswax
.6 oz cocoa butter
1/2 tsp flavored oil
Weigh all the ingredients ( including flavor oil) and melt in an microwave safe bowl on short burst.
Oils heat up fast so just heat 10-25 or 30 seconds at a time.
Because Beeswax melts at about 150 degrees, stir often in between heating. When there is only a few pieces of wax left to melt, stirring alone may be all it takes to melt the last little bit of wax.
You can also melt the oils in a pan on very low heat or in a double boiler.
This will take more time, but to me it is worth the wait.
After the balm is heated it will be very, very hot, so be careful as you fill your containers.
You can use a 'mini pot' or lip balm tubes for your finished product.
I bought some Pipette's on MMS.com. They are pretty inexpensive, and great to have around.
While filling the tubes I keep the pan on the heat because the oils cool down rather quickly, and the dropper can get clogged. Keeping the balm hot helps prevent this.
A glass dropper will cool the balm down fast also, so keep that in mind.
You can get lip balm tubes just about anywhere on line. I got mine, plus some shrink wraps to go with them, off of eBay.
You can use your hair dryer on high to shrink the wraps on the tubes, or you can use a heat gun.
I use Avery labels & their free label designer & printer on their web site.
Putting a label on your tubes gives it a nice professional look to you finished product if you are going to sell them, or to give them as gift.
For more lip balm recipes go to MMS.