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« on: January 04, 2012 03:30:20 PM »

Hi, I'm new to the forum and awful at religiously keeping track of topics but I'll do my best.

Anyhoo, I just started making cosmetics (mostly soaps but also body butters, lip balms etc) but I've come up a cropper making my first batch of lip balm today.

It's a simple beeswax recipe... melting down the wax, adding olive oil, flavours and then into the tins. When I was making small batches, I was using about 5 drops of fragrance and the small batches smelt fine. So, I scaled it all up and made it the exact same way. The amount of scent or EO used is totally overpowering when it's cooking (as you would guess, because of all the heating and fuming and whatnot...) but when it's put into the tins and cooled it smells of nothing.

Well, nearly nothing. Really faint, kinda waxy. I've tried leaving the scent or EO until the last second so that it's not heated long and tried adding at the beginning just incase... but nothing seems to work. I've made about three batches now, two of them were the same one melted back down and with added scent (about 40 drops in total) but still smelt only faintly. Also, with peppermint EO, the tingle isn't there on the bigger batches and little or no smell but it was just fine in the little testers! Sad

If you have any wise words or any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know!

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2012 03:42:10 PM »

Hi and welcome to Craftster!

When I make my lip balms I usually use a percentage of flavor oils (you're using flavor oils or certain essential oils and not fragrance oils, right? They need to be lip safe if ingested). From my notes it looks like I usually use about 6% flavor oil based on total weight of the recipe, but you can go by your preference and double check manufacturer's recommended usage rate and don't go over their maximum. Not adding it until the end is definitely smart!

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2012 07:11:55 AM »

I also use percentages. I usually stick around 3%. Also, I've noticed that some scents do just 'go away' in the final batch, whereas some will really pop! And sometimes it takes a day or two afterwards before it finally settles into it's final scent!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2012 08:11:12 AM »

I go with what Mare says when I make mine. Smiley  I have noticed with a few of the flavors/scents that they don't have a smell until they are used - like the top layer is holding the flavor/scent in?  Weird, but once used, they have a strong flavor/smell.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012 09:59:48 AM »

I like caramel and fruity flavors like strawberry. Apricot too! Tip: I prefer to buy pre-sweetened flavor oils rather than un-sweetened ones, just easier in the long run than buying and adding sweetener to each batch.
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