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« on: November 28, 2007 08:32:02 PM »

i am thinking of venturing in this whole lip balm making thing, and looking at the recipes, they mostly call for shea/cocoa butter. do these butters have any effect on the flavours of the lip balm? can i skip the oils, or are they quintessential to the lip balm?
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007 11:55:26 AM »

you can always get refined shea butter and deordorized cocoa butter.

I prefer using olive oil and beeswax

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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007 06:27:35 PM »

As long as you have a wax and an oil you can make some kind of lip treatment. Various oils and butters will impart different textures, so experiment and see what you like! I make a solid gloss that is something like 80% liquid oil (sunflower) and 20% wax, but if you want a thicker, more protective or moisturizing balm you might want to try heavier oils, like the olive that was suggested, and some of the various butters. Cocoa butter is a very hard, brittle butter, and shea butter is a very soft butter. Just experiment to find out what you like! I also like to add about 5% castor oil, which is a very viscous oil, to my lip treatments because I think it adds a really nice smoothness.
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