How to Make Lip Balm

by Rustic Escentuals

Our natural lip balm bases are easy to use, save you time & money, and are excellent emollients and full of natural antioxidants. Made from natural waxes and luxury oils, you’ll find these bases make a finished product that is smooth and creamy without leaving a waxy drag. 1 lb. of base (16 oz.) makes approx. 100 tubes of lip balm. Bases are uncolored and unscented so you can tweak it to make it your own. You’d never suspect a bulk lip balm base would be as good as hand made, but it is! Our lip balm bases make it fast and easy to fill a large number of lip balm tubes and create a high profit item for you. Get creative and coordinate your lip balm flavors with complementary colored caps!

lip balm base

Oil-soluble applications: Lip balms, body butters, solid perfumes, lotion sticks, cuticle sticks.

Our Natural Lip Balm base is the perfect, versatile base for making solid perfumes.

** Create your own Lip Gloss by adding equal ratios of lip balm base & oil.

DIRECTIONS: Our melt and pour lip balm base can be melted in a double boiler or microwave (in a Pyrex or microwave safe dish with no covering). Melt for 15-30 second increments in the microwave, stirring thoroughly so that the base is melted in an even manner. When the base is fully melted, use our lip balm Flavor Oils at their normal usage rate. Utilize pipettes to transfer the melted/scented base into lip balm tubes. It’s best to wait until the balm has cooled a bit before pouring. If poured too hot, it can cause inner warping of the lip balm tube as well as causing the lip balm to crack inside the tube as it cools. (Pour no hotter than 115°) If you’re making small batches of a few at a time, a rubber band around a group of tubes works great for holding everything up and together while you fill them. Otherwise, for larger batches, a lip balm tube filling tray is a great help. Once the product has completely cooled, cap tubes, label, and you’re finished! Get creative and coordinate your lip balm flavors with complementary colored caps!

Step 1:
Items needed: lip balm tubes, scales, lip balm base, measuring cup, filling tray, lip balm flavors, thermometer, melter (or you can use the microwave or a double-boiler), pipettes

supplies needed

Step 2: Weigh base

weigh lip balm base

Step 3: Insert lip balm tubes into lip balm filling tray.

insert tubes into filling tray

insert tubes into filling tray

Step 4: Weigh lip balm flavor oil and lip balm sweetener (if you’re using it). Use Dixie cups so that you can throw away when finished.

weigh flavor and sweetener

Step 5: Stir lip balm flavors and lip balm sweetener into the base and check temperature. (Be sure to fill tubes with liquid base lower than 120° F.)

check temperature

Step 6: Use a pipette or measuring cup with spout to transfer lip balm base into tubes. Let cool completely and remove tubes.

transfer lip balm base into tubes

Notes about adding lip balm flavors:
The term “flavor oil” is a bit of a misnomer. Lip balm flavors are really lip-safe fragrances. They smell but do not taste. Lip balm flavors are used to scent your lips. Commercial products that seem to have a taste actually use a sweetener (commonly aspartame or other sugar substitute). The sweetener tricks your brain into thinking you taste the flavor when you actually smell it. If you add a sweetener to lip balms, be aware that this will make the user have a tendency to lick their lips, which is drying.

Recommended usage rate of lip balm flavors is up to 3%. (Multiply your product weight by .03 and the resulting number is the weight of the flavor oil you should add.) When testing the flavor of a product, start with the smallest amount of lip balm flavor possible – it is always easy to add more, but impossible to take it away. Start at 1%. Lip balm flavor oils can be blended to create interesting and fun combinations.

Flavor oil formulations are not required to be listed by individual ingredients. Ingredients that make up a formulation are federally protected as proprietary formulations by regulating bodies and are considered a protected trade secret by the manufacturer. The word “fragrance” or “flavor” is all that is required to be listed. No other obligations are required by any regulating bodies.

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