Colds come, and you probably want to do something delicious and nutritious for your lips. However, it is not always possible to find exactly the recipe for lip balm with your own hands that would fit only you. We will tell you below how to make your own lip balm recipe with your own hands, fill it with the properties you need and get a really high-quality product!
Making lip balms is quite simple, and the result usually exceeds expectations. However, the ingredients that need to be used are many – waxes, butters and liquid oils, plus dyes, flavors and other additional ingredients.
Lip balms, lipsticks and lip gloss are often made from similar ingredients, including several types of butters and liquid oils. The difference between these terms, hopefully clear – lip balms have a soft texture can be painted or not painted, are used to moisturize and nourish lips. Lip gloss is a brilliant and soft / liquid product that can also be painted or not. And lipsticks are often well pigmented, densely colored with a fairly elastic texture.
Now let’s start developing our product. Below will be described the most common ingredients, which, depending on their properties, are added to the recipe. Lip balms often contain only waxes, liquid oils and butters. Since water and emulsifiers are not added, no preservative is added to the recipe.
Here is one interesting secret to start with – how to check the texture, aroma and color of the balm before you spill it into molds. This trick is called “frozen spoon”. 30 minutes before you start making lip balm, put a teaspoon in the freezer. When the mixture is ready, test it, remove the spoon from the freezer and dip it in the mixture. Around the spoon, the balm will quickly harden, take out the spoon and check the balm. Add oils, colors or flavors as needed.
Universal proportions for the preparation of lip balm – one part butters, one part wax and one part liquid oils. However, choosing the ingredients, remember that each oil or wax has its own properties, due to which the consistency may change. For example, adding one part of beeswax will give you a fairly firm balm, and the modified cera bellina beeswax will give a softer, more uniform texture.
Butters or solid base oils
Butters are generally added to make lips soft. Their main advantage – care for your skin. Since most butters melt at room temperature, such as cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado and others, they are added at least for hardness, such as waxes. In order to get a uniform softer texture butters in balsams, they need to “harden”. This process is similar to sterilization, you melt the oil in a water bath and hold, not allowing to boil for about an hour, then quickly cool.
- Solid avocado oil – made from the fruit of the avocado tree. This is a soft butter with a creamy texture. You can use it to soften the consistency of lip balm. Avocado oil is an excellent substitute for shea butter and is suitable for the recipe for a winter lip balm with your own hands.
- Cocoa Butter – made from cocoa beans. Unrefined cocoa butter has a delicious chocolate flavor and a light neutral beige color. Refined oil has the same texture, but without color and smell. Can replace beeswax if you want to make a vegan balm. This butter creates a good barrier and helps retain moisture to the skin. One of the best ingredients in recipes for winter lip balms.
- Mango butter is medium hard, not too soft and not too hard. It is softer than cocoa butter, but harder than avocado and shea. To the touch this soft and melts on the skin. You can use it simply as a lip balm.
- Shea butter – the soft creamy texture of this butter softens the texture of hard balsams. Shea butter thaws in contact with the skin and can replace avocado oil.
Base Liquid Oils and Vitamin E
Most liquid oils in lip balms behave the same. However, it is worth remembering that some of them have their persistent odor and color. For example, Tamanu oil in lip balms is not popular, as it has a strong odor and dark green color. In such cases, for the recipes for lip balms with their own hands choose refined oils without smell and lighter color.
- Liquid avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2. This oil with a light, neutral color texture helps to give your product a pastor-like texture and soft lips.
- Castor oil is thick and rather sticky. If you make lip gloss, then castor oil will fit perfectly. It also perfectly softens the lips, giving a rich texture to the gloss.
- Coconut oil – soft at room temperature will give the lip balm a light texture.
- Sweet almond oil is a light, liquid oil full of oleic and linoleic fatty acids. Add to lip balms, so that they are easier to spread on the lips and soften the texture of balms.
- Vitamin E – in the form of oil will help to heal the wounds on the lips, good nourishes the skin. The consistency of the oil is similar to castor, rather sticky. Add vitamin E in small quantities to the recipe.
Lip balm waxes
Waxes are needed in lip balms to give them a firm texture. Waxes have a high melting point, greater than most butters, which makes them an excellent ingredient if you need a harder product. However, because of this, you need to be extremely careful in working with wax, because when melting waxes, their temperature is very high. Some soap makers even use a double boiler to melt waxes. It is also worth carefully checking the recipe, because if you add too much wax to the lip balm, it will be badly applied and inconvenient to be removed from the mold.
- Beeswax (white and yellow) – gives the lip lip balm considerable firmness. Beeswax is of two varieties – white and yellow. Yellow wax is a wax that has been completely cleaned, but not bleached. White wax is completely cleaned and whitewashed, due to which it is free from the smell of beeswax.
- Bellina Sulfur is a hydrophilic derivative of beeswax, this wax gives the balm a unique gel-like texture, which ensures uniform application of the product and a lot of gloss. This wax is also used to thicken lotions and creams.
- Candelilla wax is a very hard wax that gives lip balm a firm structure and shine. This is a great beeswax substitute, especially when you create a vegan lip gloss with your own hands. At the same time, candelilla wax has a more fragile texture than bee wax.
The fragrance and color of lip balm
When you have created a lip balm texture with your own hands, mixed all the waxes and oils, it is time to give the balm its aroma and color. Always check the flavors and colors before use so that they do not cause an allergic reaction. The best way to check whether you have added enough color and smell is a trick with a frozen spoon, which we wrote about above!
Aromatic and Essential Oils in Lip Balm Recipe
In the recipe it is worth adding from 1 to 3% of aromatic or essential oils, essential add a little less than aromatic. Some aromatic oils are sold already sweetened, which would give not only a pleasant aroma to your lips, but also a little sweetness. If you do not have this oil, add a little stevia – this is a natural sugar substitute. Do not add essential oils to the lip balm, everything is not the same as aromatic oil, it has special properties. Essential oil is an extract from the plant and very often in large quantities it can irritate the skin and even cause allergic reactions. In lip balms, you can add essential oil of mint, anise, lavender. Test all essential oils before making a balm with it. Essential oils are added to the balm exactly according to the recipes 0.5 to 2% of the total mass of oils and waxes. To accurately measure the right amount of oil – use a pipette!
Lip Balm Dyes
The amount of dye you add depends only on your taste. The main thing is to check before using the dye, whether it causes reactions. Mika has a more subtle texture than the same pigments, and therefore they are easier to interfere with lip balm, in addition, it gives an interesting shimmer to the lips. Begin to introduce dye with a smaller amount, adding color as needed, at each stage, test the resulting shine with a frozen spoon. To make it easier to mix the mixture, use a mini-mixer, so you will get rid of possible lumps of dye. Previously, you can grind the dye with oil and enter it already in a semi-liquid state. In this case, be sure to consider this amount of oil in the main recipe.
Mika gives the balsam a more transparent texture, and the pigment has a saturated color without flickering. The proportions are as follows – for a light shine / color, add 1 teaspoon of dye to 30 grams of the mixture of oils and wax.
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