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« on: December 05, 2008 10:39:52 AM »

I've done some browsing through the forums and want to make sure I'm understanding this right.

When making lip balms - adding anything at all with water means you'd better add a preservative.  If you're only using oils (e.g. cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, beeswax) it isn't necessary.  If you use honey - do you need a preservative?

One of my favorites last year was cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, beeswax, cocoa powder, a pinch of instant coffee granules, and I think I added a drop of peppermint extract.  I didn't add preservatives - didn't even think about it! - and am still using my tube of it.  (I unfortunately didn't weigh any of it, but kept putting drops on my finger, letting it cool, and deciding whether to add more oil or beeswax until it was done.)  Nothing seems to have grown, but since I'm giving them out as gifts - better safe than poisoned!

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2008 01:46:26 PM »

I don't think there is any reason to put water or a preservative in lip balm. Most lip balms are entirely oil based. If you put water in it you would need a food-safe emuslifier.

You may want to add an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin E to lengthen shelf life, it will keep the oils from going rancid as quickly.

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2008 04:08:58 PM »

I realized after writing the original post - I had also added coconut oil to some, and had added Vitamin E to all as well.  Whoops! 

It's the honey I'm mostly concerned with - though I think honey can sometimes be used as an antibacterial treatment.

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010 04:32:25 PM »

if its a natural honey it shouldn't go bad (even as just honey) but if you leave it to long out, it drys out and crystalizes but as long as they keep it closed, it should be fine...
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2010 05:30:21 PM »

I have lip balm I made over 5-6 yrs ago, it still is ok, the smell has dissipated but hasn't gone rancid

« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010 12:53:21 PM »

If you add honey, then you should add a preservative.  Honey naturally contains water and bacteria & germs can grow.
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2010 09:28:51 PM »

Sporadic not quite true.  Honey does not require preservatives - even the stuff you buy at the store for your toast does not contain preservatives....

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