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Dry Lips Balm

This is the type of recipe that I have been wanting to try for awhile now. I wanted to create a lip balm for dry lips that included Lanolin to see how it fairs. Lanolin is a product that is dear to my heart. I am a die-hard knitter, and spinner of wool, and Lanolin is something that I know and love. I have bought and washed a sheep fleece entirely by myself and then have spun it on my spinning wheel, so I know the touch and feel of Lanolin. If you have dry hands and are working with raw fleece, the lanolin works itself into the cracks and moisturizes your hands, then provides a barrier to any elements that want to dry out your skin.The lanolin that MMS sells is so nice and not nearly as sheepy smelling as a raw fleece but with all of the benefits. I want to reassure those that have had the experience of smelling lanolin from the source that our Anhydrous Lanolin is awesome and when used in the right amounts the odor disappears completely. The odor reminds me of non-stick Band-Aids from my childhood.

I also chose coconut oil, Palm Kernel, and Calendula Extract for their wonderful moisturizing properties. Castor Oil was chosen because it leaves that nice, almost tacky, feeling on the lips and seems to bring a skin protecting property to the table.

Palm Kernel Oil
Castor Oil
Coconut Oil
Calendula Extract
Ruby Lip Balm Color
Microwave Safe Container

Recipe: Yields 100 grams or 3.53 ounces.

Recipe in Grams
20 grams Beeswax
20 grams Palm Kernel Oil
20 grams Castor Oil
10 grams Coconut Oil
10 grams Calendula Extract
5 grams Lanolin
1 tiny dot of Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Ounces
0.71 ounces Beeswax
0.71 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
0.71 ounces Castor Oil
0.35 ounces Coconut Oil
0.35 ounces Calendula Extract
0.18 ounces Lanolin
1 tiny dot of Ruby Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
20% Beeswax
20% Palm Kernel Oil
20% Castor Oil
10% Coconut Oil
10% Calendula Extract
5% Lanolin
q.s. Ruby Lip Balm Color

q.s. = quantify sufficient

First, you will want to weigh out all of the ingredients in a microwave-safe container except for the Calendula Extract and the Ruby Lip Balm Color. Microwave in short bursts, stirring in between (the Beeswax will take the longest to melt). Once everything is melted together and your mixture is not too hot but not starting to solidify, add the Calendula Extract. I did not add this during the melting process because we do not want to overheat the Calendula Extract. After you stir this is when the fun begins.

Dip a toothpick into the Ruby Lip Balm Color and take out a tiny dot of color. My intention was to lightly color my 100 gram mixture. You can see in the picture the swirls of red after I added the color. When using a small amount of oil soluble color this does not tint the lips. You are just adding a nice and light color to the balm. Mine ended up a very light rose hue. Lovely!

Stir your color in and start pouring into your containers! I used our new Rectangle Slider Tins. These hold 0.15 ounces of product. I did not even use a pipette with these. I just poured the hot balm into the tins directly from my beaker. Be careful not to fill these right up to the top. The slider top will cut into the balm and create an ugly mess. I filled up 12 tins plus one partial tin.

When I tried the lip balm I was amazed at the feeling on my lips. This balm has a nice tack and creamy feel to it. I hope that you all enjoy this recipe!

Note: After my initial test batch I made up a larger 500 gram batch to send out as samples from the blog. I used more color than I meant to so it is a stronger pink, but it is still not going to tint the lips. I got carried away with the oil soluble color. When the instructions say a little goes a long way we mean it! You can always put more in but you cannot take it away.


Finished product

Weighing ingredients

Ruby Lip Balm Color

Adding color to the melted ingredients

Rectangle Slider Tins

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