I used to melt some Vaseline and a dab of old lipstick to make a lip gloss but now that I think about it, Vaseline is NOT a food so why would I eat it??? I’ll leave it for the workshop where it does have some good uses but it’s OUT of my skin care now and in with actual food oils.
Always clean your work area well before you start and then wipe down again with some alcohol on a cotton pad. Wash hands well. Rinse out your tubes or pots with alcohol and let them air dry. I like to put down a piece of paper towel to mop up any spills and keep my counter less greasy and makes clean-up quicker.
Alcohol for cleaning your work place and your tubes, pots or tubs.
Little clean empty tubes from old lip balms, small pots, little metal tubs, etc.
Voyageur Soap & Candle in Langley, BC sells a wonder pre-mixed lip balm base with great ingredients or you can mix up your own ingredients.
When I bought a dozen tubes and a small pot of lip balm base, my cost per tube was about one dollar. Pretty great, isn’t it???
Pre-Mixed Moisturizing Lip Balm Base
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopherols (Vitamin E).
This one is nice and fatty if you like a softer balm. This is softer than the Voyageur Moisturizing Lip Balm Base which is a medium firmness.
Recipe makes 2 tubes or small pots
2 tbsp olive oil 30 ml (Olea Europaea)
½ tsp honey 2 ml
¾ tsp grated beeswax 3 ml (Cera Alba)
½ tsp pure cocoa butter 2 ml (Theobroma)
1 vitamin E capsule 1 (Tocopherols)
Using the recipe above – In a small saucepan or metal cup, heat the oil, honey, wax and butter over low heat just until melted. Remove from heat and cool a few minutes. Add vitamin E.
Using pre-mixed base – Just put as much as you think you’ll use into the little saucepan and you can always pour it back into your supply pot if you melt too much for your containers.
Use a tiny saucepan or something easy to pour with and melt the base or oils together until melted through. I like to create a little double boiler with a shallow cake tin with some water in it.
You can always add a bit of an old lipstick to give lip balm a tint or a couple of drops of peppermint or vanilla oil extract for extra flavor but I really don’t think it needs it unless you’re after something a little different.