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« on: November 02, 2011 03:42:31 PM »

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I wanna try making my own lip balm. I got nifty lil containers, varying types of butters, beeswax beads, fragrances if needed, etc. (I also have stuff for candles Cheesy ) But then I noticed that homemade lip balm recipes all seem to call for varying oils, whether it be coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc. All I have is maybe olive oil (Which I have seen in one of the recipes) or and/or vegetable oil.... Is the oil a necessity to make the lip balm? @___@;; I'm still really new at all this bath and body stuff :s
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2011 05:30:32 PM »

The oil you use in lip balm is pretty important in final texture, but you can experiment with different types. A super basic jumping off point for a recipe is

40% liquid oil (rice bran, olive, sweet almond, castor, jojoba, sunflower)
25% solid oil (coconut, shea butter, mango butter)
20% wax
15% brittle oil (cocoa butter, palm kernel, kokum butter)
Food grade Flavor Oil

You can change it up depending on if you're doing tubes in which case you'll want a harder balm or pots (softer). Make sure to NOT use regular soap fragrance oil, it's not edible! You need lip safe flavor oil.

My personal favorite combo is rice bran oil with a little castor and something else... I lost my best recipe in the Computer Crash of '07 and haven't re-formulated it perfectly again. Sad
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2011 05:32:27 PM »

I got I think FO, and it was from Shay and Company... The lady said something about the FOs and EOs there being safe for cosmetic, soap, and something else I think? So does that mean I can use it in the lip balm? *super confused*
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2011 05:34:21 PM »

Nope, it will specifically say "lip safe flavor oil" on it. It's different from "skin safe" fragrance oil. FO's you can use in most applications--soap, lotion, cream, bath bombs, etc. You cannot ingest that stuff and can't put it in lip products that might get licked.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2011 05:37:31 PM »

It doesn't say lip safe on the bottles *sad* Cry I assume this means if I want to give it color I should use mica powder (Dont have any) or food coloring? What can I use then to give it a flavor or a scent? Or does it matter if lip balm has a flavor / scent? o_O;;
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2011 06:11:52 PM »

You can totally leave it unflavored! I don't color my lip balms, because even using the lip safe mica (yep, that needs to be lip safe too) it never made it very dark/shimmer/colorful. I believe they have LorAnn flavor oils at Walmart that can be used in lip products, but I've never tried them. You don't want to use food coloring, that stuff stains like crazy.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2011 06:13:13 PM »

I suppose that makes sense then xD I wouldn't really want to stain my lips or other peoples lips blue or purple haha...

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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2011 11:01:51 AM »

If you're looking for natural flavors for your lip balm, I highly recommend this company: http://www.naturesflavors.com
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2011 08:34:12 PM »

http://library.rusticescentuals.com/item_3/How-to-Make-Lip-Balm.htm

You can also find a HUGE variety of flavors!  http://rusticescentuals.com/Lip-Balm-Flavor-Oils/
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