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24 February 2005 @ 05:30 pm
adventures in lipbalm making  
i'm really rather pleased with the way my lipbalms (and one moisterising bar) turned out; i only made tiny batches in case they didn't work out and so i could experiment a little and not feel like i was wasting materials. making lipbalms was ridiculously simple; surely it can't be this easy?? but i think it was a rather good project to start on, being that it WAS so simple and straightforward; i followed a recipe for the first batch i made, but felt more confident to experiment with the next batch. the moisterising bar is part based on a recipe and part experimental. i think once you start realising what the different products do/what effects they have, it's easier to make up your own combinations and tailor products to suit your needs. for example, the moisteriser bar is rather emollient, so i wouldn't recommend it for someone with oily skin. anyway, i think this entry will work better if i explain along with pictures, so...

the kitchen workspace. stove to my left, an assortment of materials ordered from heirloom body care, whom i highly recommend (great prices, fast shipping, friendly customer service and regular emails to update you as to where your package is etc). the notebook is my new recipe/notes book for this sort of thing; i wrote down all my recipes as i went so i could make notes as to what worked, what didn't etc, and also so i could go back and repeat a recipe if something turned out really well. also if i end up selling these things, i'll need to include an ingredients list, so it was important that i got organised right from the beginning and trained myself to take notes.

all the different butters (cocoa, shea) oils (jojoba, coconut), fragrances & flavours, colours, beeswax that were used to make these things.

ha, my dodgy makeshift double boiler. a saucepan on top of another; but it worked fine. this was the first batch of lip balms i was melting down, after i added the colour.

just as a side note, you can buy lipbalm base to use to make these, where you just melt it down and add flavour/colour, and the only thing i have to say is... why??? making lipbalms from 'scratch' just involves melting different quantities of butters & fats & oils together, which is hardly rocket science -- to me it just seems like it's defeating the purpose of making lipbalms if you're going to buy a base.

okay, i'll get off my soapbox now ;)

this was the first batch i made - strawberry flavoured & coloured. it actually smells really nice -- i swear i had a body shop lipbalm that smelt very similar to this - not that my lipbalms are anywhere near like body shops are, but i was happy that they didn't smell bad ;)

i told you i only made tiny batches! i made 2 batches (i didn't want to make any more until i get a chance to get these tested out so i know where i need to improve) and both batches filled 3 little plastic posts each. the one with the red T on it is mine, my tester. the second batch, the yellow ones, are my more experimental ones - i added honey and french vanilla flavouring, and it smells pretty nice as well. i have a tester one of each, and i'll give the other 4 away to see what other people think. but so far i'm pretty happy with both batches -- they moisterise my lips, and i have extra dry lips. the honey-vanilla ones (as i call it) are a bit "harder" than the strawberry ones, and i'm not sure if that is from the honey or the proportion of ingredients i used. i'll probably use a similar recipe for lipbalms in tubes though, and keep the strawberry ones in the little pots.

my moisteriser bar. i used a simple recipe as a base, but substituted some of the ingredients for other ones (ie, ones i actually had). i'm not sure why the surface came up all patterned like that, but i like it anyway, so it's not a bad thing. it's flavoured with a fragrance oil called "sweet tahitian petals", which is a flowery smell. i put a tiny bit of colouring into it as well, which gives it that golden look. it's fairly rich in terms of moisterising properties, so it'd probably be good for someone with dry skin (like me, ha). i haven't used it much since making it this morning, so i can't say anything more about whether it works well or not... but so far, so good :)

so... that was my morning in cosmetics making ;) only small things and not a lot to show, but considering it was my first time at this, i'm pretty happy with how it all turned out. already i need to order some more raw materials, but soon i'd like to try some soap-making too, and making a moisteriser cream (as opposed to a bar). now that i've started and enjoyed it, i'm sure there will be plenty more to come.

fructiferousfructiferous on February 24th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
you're so clever! let me know if/when you're ready to sell them, cos i'd definitely want to try it. :)

work just isn't the same without you! i went to email you about half a dozen times today and then went "oh yeah... no jade :(" hehehe. :D

    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 24th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
i'll just send you one along when i send out the cds love, and you can let me know what you think :)

i miss you ! you really are my bright spark at work (& always). friday tomorrow, and next week we start anew <3

linda: gratefulfragilehearted on February 24th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
jade. you are just plain neat. i love this idea of yours. i'd do it too, if i had time/money/talent.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 24th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
*mwah* you are a sweetheart.
Ivana Stabivanastab on February 24th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
They look yummy. :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 24th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
they actually are ! *is surprised*
Meiko: Lollipops (icon by annicons)sasayaku on February 24th, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)
Wow! They look really good and professional! They would make perfect gifts. I thought making lip balm would involve something more complicated than two saucepans...
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 25th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
*giggles* i'm such a professional lol ;) i was thrilled that the 2 saucepans worked alright! :D
ex_snowcanwa171 on February 24th, 2005 09:03 am (UTC)

I'll happily pay for some sweetie! They look great, you clever girl. :)

    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 25th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
aww thankyou sweetie! i might send you some to test out when i make some more, you can let me know what you think of them... i know you are a lipgloss fan ^^
petracollarbone on February 24th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
wow they look really nice :) although I can't stand lipbalms that actually taste like berries etc, I can use them for a while but eventually they make me feel sick :|

it never occurred to me that you can make your own lipbalm that easily :)
nemorosa on February 24th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
I once participated in a chemistry class in school in which we made cosmetics. I wanted to save the notebook with recipes, but now I can't find it anywhere :/
I'd love to make my own cosmetics again, it was fun (the fun kind of chemistry :P)

But I'd gladly buy lip balm or something from you if you're selling them out :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 25th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
thankyou sweetie!
vex_vex_ on February 24th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
wow that's so cool. :) if you open a shop, i will have to try them!
oh and that moisturizing bar.. i thought it was a waffle at first! hahaha
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 25th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
hehe yeah, when i put it in the fridge to set, i was thinking i should probably put a "do not eat" label on it, in case one of my family members decided to take a bite! lol... could have been amusing ;)
sylvia plath's revenge: goodbye skirtvaniityx on February 24th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
someday, i must hire you to make me pretty patchouli-scented things for me. i adorrrre patchouli more than any other scent. cause i'm a dirty hippy. except without the dirty part.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 25th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
oooh, i will definitely make some patchouli-scented things for you. when i make candles, i'll make a note to get some essential oil to use and if they turn out okay, i'll send you some ♥
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(no subject) - bellbottom on February 24th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 25th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: you are my hero
yr most welcome!
we can trade recipes! :) i love that you make this sort of stuff too. your soaps are so inspiring <3
winterswitchery on February 24th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
Those lipbalms look like something I'd get in a store, how fantastic :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on February 25th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
thanks hon! :) i'm trying to make them look 'professional' :D
.gauloise on February 24th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
oh, it looks so cool!!
starmiranda on February 24th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
so exciting!!
Aubreystormvibrations on February 24th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
Those look great so far! Wow!
Tacohello_leannie on February 24th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Those lib balms look so good!
Tacohello_leannie on February 24th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)