Hello there I AM BACK! 😀
So many things have happened in these last few months… but it’s good to be back home also because I am able to make my little cosmetic experiments again! 😀
This recipe of this “Winter Delight Lip Rescue Balm” is not mine: it was invented by the lady (LOLA!) who started the forum where I have learnt most of my “cosmetic knowledge” (here is my SOURCES page 😉 ); I asked for her permission to share it because it is truly the best recipe for a lip balm I have ever tried!
(In case you know Italian and want to read the original recipe: go HERE)
It is more than two years I have been making this so it is very well tested!
Well, most of the lip balms contain only an oily phase. No matter how many times you might have heard that “shea butter (or any other oil or butter) has great hydration properties” well as a matter of fact… it doesn’t! 😀
If you keep using only an oil on your skin, the result is that your skin will actually become more dry after some time; this is because the grease will form a kind of layer on top of your skin which will initially prevent water from “leaving” the skin (and this is why greasy greasy lip balms make your lips feel so soft and juicy in the beginning), but it won’t bring any hydration at all (obviously, since it doesn’t contain any water)… Eventually what really happens is that your skin will lose hydration more slowly than without the “only grease” lip balm but eventually it will lose it anyway! 😉
So what is so special about this recipe?
It has a water phase too!!! 😀 😀 😀
Yes you read right! It contains a water phase which will actually REALLY help hydrate your lips! 😉
And on top of that… the ingredients are EXTREMELY EASY TO FIND! 😀
So what are you waiting for??? 😉
Beeswax – (possibly the yellow virgin one and not the bleached one: it will give a better scent to the product 😉 ) 20
Rice Bran Oil – 45
Tocopheryl Acetate (or Tocopherol – but this will darken your lip balm) – 10
[if you want you can add a little tiny tip of a spoon of vanillin here. It will give a wonderful smell 😉 ]
Glycerin – 5
Honey – 20
Sweet Orange Essential Oil – 5 drops
You heat up the two phases separately.
Once the wax has melted, you start mixing the Oily Phase (a spoon will be fine or you can use the same tool which I am using in the picture… but this might add bubbles and you don’t want this to happen) and you add DROP BY DROP the Water Phase.
[In this picture I had to stop my mixing… you DON’T DO THAT 😀 😀 😀 ]
Adding one drop at a time is very important: in fact this recipe doesn’t contain any emulsifier… what you want to do is to actually create extremely small water soluble particles so that when the beeswax will become cold again (therefore becoming solid again) it will keep these small water soluble particles separated! If you fail and pour too cold or too much Water Phase at a time… it won’t come out right and you won’t end up with a smooth lip balm… more likely you will end up with a solid thing (dunno how to call it) with big big bubbles of honey every now and then! Bleah! 😀
So be patient and STIR CONSTANTLY. It will take around 30 minutes!
[my grand-grand-ma used to say: “suffer suffer little girl if beautiful you want to appear!” 😀 so if you want soft and happy lips this winter… stir stir stir! 😉 ]
Eventually it should look something like this:
Actually it was the first time I was using this tool instead of a spoon and it created some bubbles (yeah I know… I should have known better but sometimes one needs to do something wrong to actually learn a lesson! 😀 ), so I suggest you use a normal spoon or (even better) spatula! 😉
However one month and a half has gone and it is still fine so I don’t think it is a big problem… simply it could have come out better! 😀
The very last step… when it looks kinda like up above you can add 5 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil!
The honey and this essential oil will create an IRRESISTIBLE SMELL!
This Lip Balm results in quite a creamy one so putting it in a stick is not an option. Find a nice little jar (of cosmetic use) and ENJOY! 😉
Let me know what you think of the recipe! 😀
And I have a little contest for you:
This recipe doesn’t contain any preservative and that’s fine as it is… who can guess WHY? 😉
The reply will come in the next post [with the hope I remember ahahah 😀 ]
Now I am finalizing the recipe for a Leave-In Conditioner! Keep tuned! 😀
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