Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DIY Lip Products Summary

I have made several different posts about  making lip products so here is a summary and links to all my posts regarding creating your own lip products.

Depending on your preference and desired results, there are several different methods of lip product application and several ways to create formulas.  The possibilities are endless depending on your favorite ingredients.  Whether you are keeping it sipmle and just using oils and wax or adding the more complex conditiong aagents like cetyl alchol or want a harder product, etc.  See here for possible lipstick formula and comercial comparison. 

Typical Natural Lip Product Ingredients:
  • Carrier Oils
    • Castor oil for shine
  • Lip Safe EO
  • Flavoring Oil
  • Sweetners (Honey, Glycerin, Stevia)
  • Butters
  • Waxes & Emulsifiers
    • Beeswax, Candelilia wax, Caranuba wax (higher metling point), Polysorbate # etc
  • Lanolin
  • Complex additives
  • Preservative/Anti-oxidants:  Currently only parabans are approved-go figure.  Plus, many popular natural brands only add antioxidants (vitamen e oil & rosemary extract, etc)
    • I have read people recommend phenexthanol products, but in my research I get conflicting info about toxicity regarding lip safety so, I'm staying away from it.  Keep in mind much of our lip procucts are ingested due to its location.  I know we aren't literally eating our lip stick but hwo doesn;t lick their lios on a occasyion or eat/drink while wearing lip gloss...anyhoo!
  • Color additives
  • Stick base- Versagel
If you don't want to bother with creating your own base, just buy one.  Several companies out there make lipstick, lipgloss and lip balm bases.  I am currently only making my own because I have all this dang beeswax to use, lol!

Methods of application
  • Lip Gloss
  • Lips Stain
  • Lip Balm
  • Medicated Lip Balm
  • UV Potection Lip Balm
  • Lipstick
  • Liquid Lip Colors (new trend)
    • sort of a lipstick and  Lip gloss hybrid
Product safety:  To be safe discard products every 2 weeks(pots)-2monthes depending on application method and oils used.

As always I recommed eliminating hand in jar and using sterile utensils during formulation. For your softer liquid formulas use pots, lip gloss tubes (squeezies and brush applicators), roll-on bottles.  If using a lip pot, use a lip brush (keep clean) or disposable q-tips or lip brushes.  For your harder recipes use lip balm and lipstick tubes.

Lip Blam Recipes:  here, here, here
Lip Gloss Recipes; here
Coloring Lip Products

How to sterilize your area and utensils

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Solid Perfumes

HOW TO DIY Solid Perfume

  1. 1 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
  2. 25 drops of four essential oils you like (approximately 5-7 drops of each oil). Since wax dulls the scent of many perfume top notes, use a stronger concentration of these—common top notes are citrus and ginger.
  3. Generous 1/2 teaspoon grated beeswax (available at health food stores or online)
  4. Eye Droppers
  5. Non-metal, heat-safe bowl
  6. Small cup
  7. Empty compact, pillbox, locket, or pocket watch necklace
  1. Pour jojoba oil into your small cup. Add all the drops of essential oils and mix.
  2. In your heat-safe container, melt the beeswax over the stove top or 5-10 seconds.
  3. Stir the beeswax. After it's completely liquified, mix with the jojoba/perfume blend.
  4. Reheat the entire blend for just 10 seconds over the stove and continue to stir.
  5. Prepare your empty compact and immediately pour the finished mixture in.
  6. Let your solid perfume cool completely, then enjoy your new custom scent! The texture should feel like a soft lipstick or balm.

    Thursday, December 22, 2011

    DIY Lotion Bar

    I had all this lip balm left over from this recipe here, so I decided to add a little beeswax and make it into a lotion bar/ solid perfume.

    20% Cocoa Butter
    30% Mango Butter
    20% Beeswax
    22% Carrier Oil
    7% Lanolin
    .25% Vitamin E Oil
    .1% EO/Flavoring Oil optional
    .1% Sweetener ( Honey, Glycerin, or Stevia) optional

    This was the recipe that I used to create the lip balm above.  I crossed out two ingredients, because I previously listed those ingredients for personalization and I did not use those ingredients when I made my base. 

    To make the lotion bar I simply melted the balm base in a double boiler and added about 1.5 ounces beeswax.  When fully melted I poured mixture into a silicone mold, added .04oz EO Blend (2 sample sizes) of an EO blend I ordered from Essential Wholesale, stirred and let sit overnight.

    Note:  I had about 16ounces of balm base, so adjust beeswax amount accordingly or just use sample recipe below.


    This bar is huge, lol, but it smells so good, I will be ordering more of those EO blends, I love anything with Neroli EO!  I made this with the intention of just trying out the lotion bar recipe, but I added so much EO that it doubles as a light solid perfume as well. 

    Here is a another simple recipe for a lotion bar as well.
    3 ounces beeswax
    2 ounces cocoa butter
    3 ounces sweet almond oil


    Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    Colored Lip Gloss #1

    Lip Gloss
    50% Lip balm
    50% Versagel
    10-20% Mica/Pigment/Dye of total lip gloss weight

    The more color the more pigmentation.  I am still learning about making my lip gloss more opaqie.  My goal is to create a creamy lip color.  Mica alone will color your lip gloss, but be tranluscent in application.

    To learn more about coloring your lip products go here

    As for this recipe it has good amount of shine and staying power.  I feel the gloss still on my lips after awhile.


    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    How to Color your Lip Products

    Depending on your desired results, there are a couple different ways to color your lip products.   It was hard for me to find this information in one location so I thought I would try and share my findings in ONE location, lol.

    There are basically three types of lip products you can make in regards to coloring, Opaque, Translucent, or Staining. 

    First what is used to color lip products & their differences:
    • Pigments- color additives that don't dissolve in product and kind of coats the lips; think paint.
    • Mica- natural minerals that add shimmer and shine
    • Dyes- color additive that dissolve and stain lips
    How can you obtain these results?

    • add Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide to your color formulations ( also provides UV protection)
      • come in powder and liquid forms, see here
    • Add more color:  add 10-20% of your lip product weight
      • See explanation of different coloring ingredients here
    • just add mica
      • Mica will color the gloss but will only add shine and sparkle to your lips during application
    • add dyes, think Easter eggs or the current lip stain trend
    When looking for your color additives please make sure they are lip safe and approved.  Also, look at the ingredients, some colors may very well be combinations of dyes, pigments and mica already. 
    See below for suppliers!

    Depending on the planned application method of your lip color will determine what color additives are needed.  According to TKB Tradings:

    "Here's the bottom line: A liquid lip gloss will be colored only with dyes. A solid lip pencil will probably be colored only with pigments. Meanwhile, the typical lip balm/lip stick will usually be colored with a blend of dyes, pigments and micas so as to get the best of all worlds. In total, the color portion of a lip products recipe will usually be about 10-20%."  Source

    Suppliers:  These are the only places I have ordered from
    Other known Sources I've seen used
    • Mac Pigments
    • Eye shadows & Pigments 
      • The trick w/using store bought pigments is knowing if they are lip safe.

    Sources- I do not take credit for this info, just wanted to share my findings all in one place
    TKB Tradiing