A recent study claimed that on average a woman owns five lip balms at any given time. I currently have four balms in various formats at the bottom of my purse. So what is lip balm and how does it differ from lipstick? Both are generally a wax and oil mixture although butters can be added or substituted. Lip balms formulas are a bit more basic than a lipstick however: lip balms typically have one wax in them, while lipsticks need 2-3 waxes to get the right texture and ensure the color mixes properly and adheres to the lips. When colour is added, it classified as a lipstick.
Our lipstick base is true lipstick formula in that it contains 3 main waxes: beeswax, candelilla wax and carnauba wax. The base on it's own can be used as a fancy lip balm. It is very moisturizing and works perfect as a stick lip balm in a lipstick tube or in a jar to use with your fingers. If you put it in a jar, you may want to add some extra oil or a cosmetic butter to make it more creamy and spreadable.
Here are some suggestions for making lip balm with our lipstick base:
1) In a stick: melt 1 tsp of the base in the silicone bowl for 35-40 seconds. Pour into the greased lipstick mold. Set in the freezer for 25 minutes. Remove the top of the mold and lift out with your lipstick tube.
2) In a jar: depending on the size of your jar, measure 1-2 tsp of the base in the silicone bowl. Add in 1/16 to 1/8th tsp oil (olive oil, sunflower or any oil of your choice) or a soft cosmetic butter such as shea or mango butter. We do not recommend cocoa butter as this will make your mixture too hard for a potted lip balm. If you want to add cocoa butter you will need to add some more oil.
Melt for 35-40 seconds and then pour into your jar. Pop it in the freezer for a quick cool down for 10 minutes.
3) Flavor: If you want to add some scent to your lip balm (or lipsticks) you can only use certain essential oils that can be digested or you can use flavor oils. Do not use fragrance oils as those are not edible and are unsafe. An example of a fragrance oil is something you may smell in delicious smelling body lotions or candles.
When you use essential oils, use no more than 3-4 drops per 4 grams (4 grams is about a teaspoon of the lipstick base). Always check with a reliable source before using an essential oil, however here are some ones that you can use in your balms:
-Orange (not recommended when you are in the sun a lot)
-Lemon (not recommended when you are in the sun a lot)
-Grapefruit (not recommended when you are in the sun a lot)
Let us know how your lip balm making adventures go! We would love to hear from you.