Orange Butter Lip Balm
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|Things are slowly warming up here in Beijing but I definitely have spring/summer fever. I was just writing my Great-Grandparents a card when I asked them what they planned on planting. I was telling them how I had started some marigolds to enjoy. I laughed and told them “You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl!” Even with just the simple act of starting seedlings, my hands are a wreck! So, I am including a Cuticle Cream in our Coconut themed week! Let’s head to the kitchen!One of the first things every cream needs is an emulsifier. I chose to use our Emulsifying Wax. It is simple to use and I have never had it fail. Only my math has failed me. 😉 Emulsifying Wax is also always in my cupboard. Conditioning Emulsifier and Veggie Emulsifier tend to float in and out of my cupboard.The next ingredient in this formulation is Stearic Acid. Stearic Acid is used as a thickener. It prevents the lotion or cream from running all over the place before you can rub it in. It also provides much of the characteristic texture of thick creams and body butters.
I also used Beeswax in this cuticle cream. Beeswax is also used as a thickener but it also gives a cream drag. I wanted this to be more of a heavy duty cuticle cream that isn’t going anywhere. Beeswax helps me achieve that.
The star of this formulation is our Virgin Coconut Oil. This contributes much of our scent as well as a smooth velvetiness that makes this so nice and desirable.
I chose Hydrovance as the humectant for the cuticle cream. Hydrovance is one of the most effective humectants. It has a major bonus of leaving very little residue, especially when compared to the long time favored glycerin.
I decided to use Optiphen as my preservative for this particular cream. When making creams and lotions, my favorite preservatives are Optiphen and Liquid Germall Plus. Often it just depends on what is handy or how much percentage of my formulation I want taken up by my preservative.
Weigh all ingredients except the Optiphen and Coconut Fragrance Oil into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the Optiphen and Coconut Fragrance Oil once the temperature drops to approximately 120° F in the mixing bucket. Stir gently until completely mixed. Pour into containers and allow to cool completely before labeling. Enjoy!