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This page basically deals with oil formulations. Newbie's often get confused and try to use water based flavors and so on...for common Q&A, Please Click here. Forget recipes with petroleum jelly - we find that just gross. Below are natural formulations for you.
"Sugar Lips" Exfoliating Scrub Formula ©
Exfoliating the lips is the best and most natural way to remove dead skin cells and "plump" the lips. We find "lip Jelly" to make the lips more supple after exfoliation than lip balm, which is more of a weather shield. Why? Lip jelly has more oil and lip balm has more wax. We recommend using the scrub just before an event, followed by lip jelly. We also like "super fine" sugar you can get in the bar tenders area of your grocery store.
Sugar Lips Scrub Recipe
Makes four 1/4 ounce jars
1 Ounce Super Fine Sugar
1/2 ounce Safflower Oil, Vitamin E oil, OR Vegetable Glycerin (enough to make a paste...)
2 drops of Flavor oil of choice
*Yes you can mix Safflower with vitamin e. Super fine sugar can be found in bar tending supply section of grocery store.
Flavor ideas include: Rose, Lemon, Lime, and Passionate Fruit.
Popular Flavor Oils
Dior Kiss charges $15 for a 1/5th of an ounce sheer tube of lip gloss! You can make it for under $1!
Suggested Breathe Essential Oils?
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Making Breathe Elixir ©
This just does not get any easier! A few drops of flavor or essential oil in a vegetable glycerin base. The key is a cute dropper bottle so it is easy to carry in a purse. Aveda charges $12 for a 1/10 of an ounce tube! You can make it for under one dollar! Since Primrose Oil is actually great for PMS, and people eat it in capsule form, you could use that as a base.
Common Questions and Answers Regarding Balms
|I bought the "Balm Base," what do I need to add to that?
You do not have to add anything. But most people buy it to add a few drops of vitamin E oil, and/or high end essential oils, and/or a few drops of flavor oil. How much can vary depending on the oil. Some essential oils need only a few drops to knock you down. Flavor oils may require up to 10% if you want power flavor. They buy the base to make lip balm, healing salves, and solid perfume. Because their profit is really in the "additives" they find it easier to just buy the pre-made base. You can even add "butters" because they do become solid at room temperature.
How do I heat the Balm Base?
Heat it up in the pouch for a minute or more, and blend with additives if you like. Transfer into your containers with "Pipettes."
What is the Difference Between Balm and Jelly?
They are both all natural and oil based. We just add more oil to make jelly. We also add candellia wax to the jelly that really makes lips supple. So, Balm Base is more for protective weather. Speaking of weather, we recommended you put the jelly on lips first and then layer it with the Balm Base for extra protection.
How can I make it softer?
Just add a little edible oil until you have the consistency you want. You can always reheat it. Do not use oils with a distinct scent, like Olive, unless that is what you want for something like a salve. Safflower Oil is high in Vitamin E and right on the grocery store shelf, with no distinct taste. Sweet Almond oil is great, but there is no major difference.
Why does water based flavor from a cake shop I bought refuse to mix?
You need to have an oil based flavor and they are hard to find. For that reason we carry a long line of oil based flavors. Flavors are natural when possible. For example, we cannot get Strawberry in a totally natural note.
Why does Vegetable Glycerin not mix into balm base?
It would be great if it did! It is a natural sweetener, usually derived from coconuts. But the sad fact is, it is water based and "float." Just recently someone finally found a cool way to use it, called Lava Lips.
How Long Do the Oils Last?
It depends on which oil, number one, and more importantly-how long the person you buy if from had it, how they cared for it (heat will accelerate) so any oil based products, including butters, should be kept in cool, dark, and dry areas. We aim to move our stock because we are "users" and we are picky.
When it comes to flavor oils, they are pretty strong for several months if kept properly. After that they just start losing flavor--as does fragrance and so on.
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