Candy Corn Lip Balm Day 1
|Here we are with another fun Halloween recipe! This blog is inspired by some of my favorite Halloween memories as a child. I always enjoyed going out trick-or-treating and getting gobs of candy in my little bag. Then I would go home and dump out my bag and sort through what was the “good” candy and the “lame” candy and put them into appropriate piles. My mom always had candy corn out as a treat for us (my 2 brothers and I) during the Halloween season and we would grab a handful after we got home from school. After remembering the candy corn from my childhood, the wheels started turning in my head and Candy Corn Lip Balm was born.
I should warn you that this blog has truly been a trial for me. What was supposed to be easy and fun quickly turned into a mistake here and a mistake there. What was initially supposed to be a 1-day blog has turned into a 3-day blog. Arrgghh!
Recipe: 200 grams or 7.05 ounces.
Note: If you want to know how your color will turn out, do the plate test. This is achieved by using a glass or stoneware plate and pipetting a few drops of lip balm on the plate. Wait for it to solidify and then decide if this is the color that you want. You can also test the consistency of your lip balm by doing the plate test.
I also recommend melting and filling the lip tube with the white portion first before beginning to melt the 2nd 100 gram batch. By the time I finished filling each lip tube half way with the white solution, the orange solution had started to solidify in the melting container! It is best to do one color at a time.
This lip balm formula is too soft to be used in tubes and felt grainy on the lips, although it did melt after a few seconds of rubbing my lips together. This can happen when the lip balm is not melted completely. I did the plate test but I did not notice any problems with fractionation. I had already put color in the melted balm when I did the plate test. This is a good reminder to slow down and not test too many things at one time. I am new at using Lip Balm colors, particularly this intense, and I was in a hurry to get this project done. Whoops!
I ended up making a second batch of lip balm and poured it into jars instead. This worked better for the soft lip balm, but it was still fractionated and grainy. I really want to put the Candy Corn Lip Balm in a tube with a yellow cap because it looks better that way rather than in a jar. Tomorrow I am going to try to firm up the balm and fix the issue with the fractionation.