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

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Lip Balm/Gloss Experiment

    Since my hair is all braided up and honestly I have kind of tired of creating new products for my hair and skin ( body & facial cleaners) I have moved onto lips and nails, makeup and possibly candles!

    This post is about lip products.  I've been cooking up some ideas and it's time to test them out now that I have ALL the supplies!

    Soon I will be making all these types of lip balms & Lip colors below:
    1. Lip Balm (Base)
    2. Lip Balm w/ Castor Oil & Mica
    3. Lip Balm w/ versagel & Mica
    4. Vaseline w/ mica
    Supplies Needed:

    Equipment                                                                                             Ingredients
    • Double Boiler                                                                                Shea Butter
    • Lippie containers                                                                           Mango Butter
    • Alcohol                                                                                         Cocoa Butter
    • Wooden Spoon                                                                            Cocounut Oil
    • Toothpicks                                                                                   Castor Oil
    • Container for base Lip Balm                                                          Beeswax
    • Melter Cups                                                                                 Candilia Wax
    • Scale                                                                                            Lip safe Mica & dyes
    • Measurement Spoons                                                                   Versagel
    • Patience & Time                                                                           Vaseline
    • Coffee Grinder/Pestle & Mortar                                                    Rosemary Extract/Vitamen E Oil
    Man!!  This seems like alot of work, but I'm impatient and I want to test out all these theories and decide on my favorite one for lip application.  I am always interested in saving money so, some would be a cheaper habit to maintain than others, i.e. Vaseline.   I am testing for feel, staying powder and pigmentation. 

    As for the preservative, I say this is optional, but if you decide to opt out, try to make formulation for jars that do not require as much hand in jar or lip brush contamination.  You can also just make small amounts and throw away left overs after so much time.  Plus, these formulation are water free, which generally do not require preservatives.  Be careful not to get water in balm/glosses.

    Stay tuned for my results!!

    This blog and post is meant for fun only, not for sell.  Please do your own research and practice GMP and learn about preservation.  These products were not tested for sell. 

    New Lip Balm Base

    This is my most recent lip balm creation.  It is the same as my previous recipe, except I added lanolin for it's moisturization and assistance w/ color adhesion in lip products.   

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

    Results: This lip balm is great, but my intentions to use it as a base for my liquid(creamy) lip colors is not so great since I will have to reheat the base in order to add color and the versagel.  I only make 1 lip color at a time to avoid wasting product and to experiment while I am learning the tricks to coloring lip products.  The balm, due to the butters, crytalizes from too much heating.   If you just want to make a nice balm, this recipe is great as long as you melt the butters once and slowly.  It is very soft during application and offers a slight shine to lips and lasts.  You can also add color to tint this balm as well. 

    P.S  Add castor oil to make into  lip gloss.

    Creamy Lip Color recipe coming soon!


    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    DIY Oil Blotting Powder & Primer

    I have been testing a recently order primer sample for the past few days and I noticed at the end of the day, I didn't have shiny forehead.  I'm usually VERY shiny by the time I get to the gym, ugh!  So, this powder is a winner so far!

    Why am I posting this?  This is not a prodcut review, but rather a you can make this "product" at home for a fraction of the price. 

    The powders ingredients are....drumroll.....kaolnite.  Now isn't that just the INCI name for kaolin clay???  So of course I googled it to make sure my hypothesis was correct and BOOM it was.  According to Mountain Rose Herbs,  Kaolin clay is:

    Total Kaolinite- 97%
    Silicon Oxide- 46%
    Aluminum Oxide- 37%
    Iron Oxide- 0.79%
    Titanium Oxide- 0.37%

    So this 2 gram(.07 ounces) sample that I just paid $3.00 plus shipping costs about $4.00 for 8 ounces.  Shut the front door!  See this is why I give some natural companies the side eye, like really!?!  I found several companies that sold this very powder with varying ingredients for $12+ for kaolin clay in a jar w/ a sifter.

    Some other variations to this finishing powder/primer/viel include cornstarch, rice powder, arrowroot powder(sensitive to conrtsatrch), titaniam dioxide, etc.  There are some other minerals that can be mixed, but I don't plan on figuring out the correct formulas for using them.  For now the kaolin clay works fine, but when the summer hits, I may up the anty and add some other minerals or just purchase this one oily skin powder I got mine eys on, lol.  This powder has those above mention minerals I'm not trying to figure out proper formulations with at the moment.  (I'm currently in a just buy it mood right, now). 

    Long strory short, try Kaolin Clay as a great primer and oil blotting finishing powder that can be used alone or with makeup.

    Ways to personlaize:
    • Cornstarch
    • Rice Powder
    • Tinatinum Dioxide (UV protection)
    • Zinc Oxide
    • Arrowroot Powder
    • Brown Oxide(tinted color)
    • Learn about more ingredient options here


    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    All Braided up Regimen

    So I have installed some box braids and although this is a protective style with extension, I still must take care of my hair and scalp, maybe even more so.  So this is my planned regimen and "products". 

    P.S.  I was so tempted to just go to my local BSS and get some braid spray or curl activator.  Those are the only products I have EVER used on braids with extension, lol!

    Daily Moisturizing Spray every 1-2 days (P.S.  I make only enough per moisturizing session because I use tap water and use no preservatives)
    • 4 oz water
    • 2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
    • 1 tsp Veggie Glycerin
    • 2 tbsp Debating to add a little conditioner???

    Scalp Oil- 1-2x/week
    • Infused Jojoba Oil
      • Hibiscus flower
      • Nettle
      • Rosemary Essential Oil
      • Lavender Essential Oil

    Ayurvedic Butter every 2-3days
    • Seal in Moisture
    Clay Wash & ACV Rinse every 1-2 weeks
    • Focus on scalp to prevent dirt balls (I don't know what else to call them,lol) from forming and ripping out my hair
    •  Going to make clay wash very fluid for rinsing.
    So my regimen isn't really different except I will be oiling my scalp and there will be no daily manipulation.

    How do you do to maintain your Braids?

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Tinted Moisurizer

    This is a great idea and you can use different lotion/cream bases of choice!


    Monday, October 24, 2011

    DIY Smell Goods

    Every time I Spray on my cologne, they be like girl what you got on,!!

    So I started looking into perfume (kinda guilted(sp?) into it,lol) and didn't want to use all the crazy chemical laden sprays and itchy creams that make me sneeze so I picked up my Aromatherapy book( need to buy another one, my current one is very limited).  I'm cool with smelling like lavender or some citrus-e like flavor,lol! 

    So in my research I found three natural ways to make your own natural smell goods: spray (infusion & alcohol based), solid, oil.  Out of the three, I have tried perfume oil and I'm not sure I did it right because the smell does not last at all.  I also  purchased a solid perfume from LUSH, which was NOT natural, ugh random purchases always get me!  Anyhoo, I will try making my own solid perfume soon.  I will not be trying either spray because I'm not trying to worry about proper preservation of water based products, finding 100 proof pure grain alcohol AND sprays make me sneeze.  Sprays seem to permeate around you ALL day,  that's why they don't allow you to apply any perfumes before laser eye surgery for example, lol.

    In this post I will explain the basics to making your own natural fragrance.  To learn about different recipes & application, visit here

    • Spray (water & alcohol based)
    • Solid Perfume
    • Perfume Oils

    How to:
    • You can either use fragrance oil or essential oils. 
      •  Fragrance oils tend to be synthetic, however I have seen some sellers say they have natural fragrance oils, but I'm not sure about those. 
    • First figure out what scent your going for, citrus, sexy, floral, relaxing, woodsy, spicy or a combination. 
      • Visit your local health foods store and smell all their EO's and absolute($$) to figure out what you like ( My new found love is Neroli)
    • Choose your top note, middle note and base note. 
      • Top Note: This is the scent you notice first, but it doesn't last long because it evaporates quickest. Top notes are a small portion of the final blend and include fresh, light citrus scents using such oils as bergamot, neroli, lemon, lime, rosemary, orange or mint.
        Middle Note: This links the base and top scents and determines the fragrance family. Middle notes include flowery essential oils, such as jasmine, rose germanium and ylang-ylang.
        Base Note or Fixative: This scent lasts the longest, adds fullness and carries the other scents. Derived from balsams, roots, resins and wood, bases include such oils as sandalwood, vetiver and patchouli and tend to be dark, heavy and sweet.
        When purchasing EO's websites/aromatherapy books will tell you what note they are and recommend other EO's to blend them with.
        • Some wholesalers do the blending for you and sell EO blends pre-made (find a local aromatherapy shop near you to help)
        • To keep things simple, you can use one EO, i.e. lavender to make your fragrance
    • Create your blend taking your time to test how every drop effects the fragrance
    • Choose your desired application method
      • Carrier Oil- Almond & Jojoba Oils are highly recommended & add EO/Fragrance oil
      • Alcohol
      • Water- will need preservative and emulsifier(or just shake before each application)
      • Solid Perfume (oil & beeswax)
    • Store Oil & Essential Oils in UV safe glass jar only
    • Let sit for 1 week to allow scent to strengthen optional

    Side note: I also found aromatherapy workshops/stores that make private appointment to assist you in creating your own personal fragrance blend.  They will then keep a file of your fragrance that you name and whenever you need a refill they make it for you.  Cool huh!

    More Resources & Sources
    DIY Natural Perfume

    Friday, October 21, 2011

    Ayurvedic Butter- Lazy Way

    Cold weather equals a need for heavier oils and/or butters, so here is the easy Ayurvedic butter I whipped up as promised!

    FYI- I call this the "lazy way" because I didn't make any of my own oil infusions.  Instead I used purchased Ayurvedic oils.

    I didn't really formulate/measure this, but just poured until my heart felt content so bear w/me.  Kicking myself for not taking the time to measure this recipe out, ugh!


    4 tbsp    Vatika Coconut Oil  (ayurvedic coconut oil)
    1/4 cup  Cocoa Butter         
    1 Cup    Shea Butter            
    1/4 Cup Mango Butter         
    1/3 Cup Bringraj Oil            
    1/3 cup  Jojoba Oil & Almond Oil Blend w/ Grapefruit & Lavender EO
    1 tsp      Vitamin E Oil         
    1tsp       Veggie Glycerin     

    I didn't want this butter to be to oily so I tried to keep the oilier oils to minimum.


    1. Soften cocoa butter in double boiler
    2. Measure & add each ingredient and add to glass or metal mixing bowl
    3. Using hand mixer, blend ingredients until butter is soft in fluffy
    4. Place butter in clean and sterilized jar for storage.

    Be careful not to get water in butter to avoid mold.

    I have used this butter for twist outs, mini twist, sealing my end, as a pomade and for my skin when in a rush lol!!  And it Rocks!


    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    My Hair Style Wishlist

    Box Braids ( Wish I could braid..smh)  I really love that messy top bun look

    Sengalese Twist (I really love that messy top bun look)

    Long Hair!!!!

    Yarn Braids ( still on the fence, I need to see these in person)

    Full Sew-in


    What's on your wishlist?

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Lip Scrub Recipes

    Lip scrubs help removed dead skin, thus revealing smooth kissable lips!!  This will help with dry, chapped lips, smooth lipstick or color application as well!  I don't know about you, but I hate feeling that rough feeling when I rub my lips together and when my lipstick looks cracked.

    Recipe #1
    • Brown Sugar
    • Raw Honey
    • Coconut Oil
    • Shea Butter
    • Aloe Vera Gel
    FYI: I would keep this refrigerated becaue I used pure Aloe Vera Gel from Lily of the Dessert, which needs to be refrigerated.

    Recipe #2
    Recipe #3
    • Petroelum Jelly/ Unpetroleum Jelly
    • Brown Sugar/White Sugar

    Ways to personalize:
    • Add Mica for color
    • Add Flavoring ( banana, orange, vanilla)
    • Use a desired oil and/or butter( shea, mango, cocoa)
    • Use Chapstick or something similiar

    1. Mix ingredients in small bowl
    2. Place in storage container of choice
    1. Take small amount on finger tip and apply to lips
    2. Scrub gently ( if using raw honey only, you can use an towel or toothbrush to help)
    3. Rinse scrub off and apply lip balm


    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    DIY Gel - My Recipe & Review

    So, I tried the DIY conditioner recipe, but of course I personalized it and confused the amounts of guar gum and xanthan gum, lol, so I made a gel, OOPS. Here's what I did and FYI I was being totally lazy and didn't do all that formulating so bare with me, lol.


    • 4oz Distilled Water
    • 2 tsp Shea Oil
    • 1tsp Castor Oil
    • 1tsp DL Panthenol  conditioner
    • 1 tsp Sodium Lactate humectant
    • 1/4 tsp Guar Gum
    • 1/4 tsp Extraordinary XG
    First I want to explain the Extraordinary XG, this is a derivative of Xanthan Gum (XG) and I had some so I decided to use it( I don't like to waste), but it gave the mixture a jelly like consistency.  I also used more oils, since my hair is very dry.

    1. Mixed liquid ingredients in pyrex measuring cup
    2. Add Oil(s)
    3. Pour Liquid into blender
    4. Start mixing liquid phase of recipe, while slowly adding in Guar Gum and/or XG( this will help w/ hydration of GG and XG and avoiding flakes)
    5. Mix
    6. Let sit for 2 minutes and blended some more (allows guar gum and XG time to hydrate)
    7. Let sit for 5 minutes and blended some more
    8. Poured into 4 oz plastic jar.
    9. Refrigerate

    There was some left overs so I used that to test the PH and twist my hair for a twist out.  PH=7/7.5 ( these PH strips are not easy to read, ugh)

    My Review and Recommendation:
    • Store mixture in a bottle with dispensable top to help reduce contamination since I used no preservatives( eliminates hand in jar)
    • Pour mixture into bottle before it fully thickens( makes transfer less messy and avoid contamination) or use the baggy method to transfer mixture
    • Eliminate the Extraordinary XG, makes mixture gel like instead of creamy leave-in
    • I personally would store in the refrigerator no more than a week and definitely not past 2 weeks because I use no preservatives, but you can add your own preservative to be safe. 
    • It felt gooey too, kinda like Kinky Curly Custard , but it dries better on the hair ( no gooey sticky residue)
    • Add Guar Gum and/or Xg slowly,, don't just dump it in water phase
    I tried this recipe for a twist out.  I only dampened the hair with water for detangling and then applied the mixture.  I must say this is more like a moisturizing gel.  The hold is great and my twist out is very defined and moisturized.    The only thing I would be aware of is applying too much( I can get heavy handed).    It will flake up a little, but not very bad.( the flakes may also be due to my not following step 4 and just dumping GG and XG in still water, thus allowing it to clump a little)

    I'm going to try using this mixture this weekend for my mini twists and as a base for a deep conditioner(I'll add more water, EVOO, Coconut Oil and maybe an egg).  I might also try this for shingling style.

    Update:  I used this for both the deep conditioner and my mini twists.  I liked the hold and as a moisturizer for my mini twist, but it caused flakes later own.  As a base for a deep conditioner, not so much.


    Monday, September 5, 2011

    Importance of PH and Hair Styling Results

    This video is really helpful in helping me figure out my hair regimen and always getting the desired results.  PH is so important.  Depending on what hair style you are trying to achieve, KimmayTube suggest the follow product PH levels for desired hair results. 

    Desired Hair Results
    Fuller &Strecthed
    PH Level = 6-7  (Neutral)
    Smooth & Curly Hair Cuticle
    PH Level = 4-5.5 (Acidic)

    As you saw here, I learned how to make my own hair conditioner.  I first planned to use this method to only make my deep conditioner and with no concerns about PH levels, but after watching the video on the post, I figured, why not make a leave in too?

    I was previously using the neutral method according to this video but looking for the results of using acidic products.  My previous styling regimen was moisturize with water and seal it with oil.  I mean I liked some of my twist outs, but somedays I wanted a smoother look. 

    The KimmayTube Leavein Recipe: Source
    2 tablespoons of YOUR preferred conditioner (silicone free)
    2 tablespoons of (Whole leaf version) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH 4.0 or 4.5
    2 teaspoons of Castor Oil (optional. I sometimes do without it)
    2 teaspoons of Jojoba Oil
    Mix well.

    What I don't like about this recipe is the store bought conditioner, since they all need some type of preservative and may contain synthetic ingredients, etc.  So when creating your formulas, just try using acidic ingredients, i.e. aloe vera juice and test the final recipes PH to gage what results your recipe will give you.....  Sounds like I might be doing my own experiment to test this theory out!!

    You can use your own variations of her recipe, so I will take the general idea of the PH balanced product and create my own leave in and deep conditioner minus the store bought conditioner.  Stay Tuned for my results!


    Friday, September 2, 2011

    Ayurvedic Butter Pomade ( Hair & Body)

    I got inspiration for this recipe from my Ayurvedic Shea Butter Hot Oil Treatment post and going through my stash and finding all these un-used herbs and oils.  This recipe can just be used for fun to switch up your usual butter recipes, on occasion!  I usually don't like to use shea butter on my hair, but I'm going to give it another try since I might have been a little heavy handed before in application and as you know, a little goes a long way with Shea butter, lol!


    Phase 1

    Coconut Oil  5%
    Castor Oil  5%
    Shea Butter 60%
    Mango Butter 3.7%
    Bringraj Oil  10%
    Jojoba Oil Infusion (Nettle,Hibiscus, Brahmi, & Amla)  15%

    Phase 2
    Vitamin E Oil 1%
    Rosemary Extract  .3%
    Other Oils for making an Infusion: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil', Sunflower Oil, Flax seed oil, Sesame oil


    1. Make Herbal Infusion (1 cup dried/powedered herbs and 8oz Carrier Oil)
      1. Using a double boiler gently heat the oil and herbs for 2 hours, stirring occasionally with stainless steel spoon    Make sure heat is low so as not to cook the herbs and oil, thus causing rancidity.
      2. Let cool and then strain infusion and place in cobalt glass jar, label with date. ( Keep Refrigerated or in cool area)
    2. Measure out each oil using a digital scale and place into stainless steel bowl.
      1. For example, jojoba oil 23.4% of 4oz would = .94oz. 
    3. Place Oil mixture into double boiler and add butters.  Let mixture heat on low until butters melt.  Not too hot though
    4. Measure out each part of phase 2 and place into stainless steel bowl
    5. Let oil mixture cool a little and add Vitamin E Oil, Stir
    6. Add Phase 2, Stir
    7. Allow mixture to cool and place into sterilized jar.  Label with date. 

    I would make small amounts, especialy due to the herbs. My formulations are for my fun and have not been tested for sell, etc.  Please practice GMP and avoid getting water in pomade to avoid mold!


    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Natural Hair Gel Videos

    Here are some helpful vidoes I found on youtube making the different types of natural hair gels posted here.  These vidoes are vloggers renditions and personalized recipes that can give you some inspiration in creating your own recipes.

    Guar Gum/Xanthum Gum

    Flaxseed Gel

    Liquid Pectin

    Flaxseed Gel & Fruit Pectin

    Aloe Vera Juice & Fruit Pectin

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    DIY Conditioner

    I think I might have figured out my DIY conditioner issue!  Looking at the ingredients of natural/organic skin and hair care products lines will teach you alot!!  They usually are expensive too, hence the reason behind this blog!!

    Anyhoo, the ingredients from my recent hair gel post here are also great for making a hair conditioner!  As I have mentioned before, conditioner (deep and regular) are simply emulsifications ( water + emulsifier + oils/butters).  It is the combination of water and oils that make them so awesome and beneficial.  I have seen guar gum and xantum gum before, but just overlooked them, but I shouldn't have.  My main issue was figuring out a simple emulsifier and/or thickner that was natural and not a wax or synthetic, so here we go.....(click on each ingredient to get more info)

    Simply put guar gum and xantum gum are natural conditioners and thickners for both skin and hair products and can be found at your local grocer and health food store (used in gluten free recipes).

    This recipe is very similiar to the hair gel, but more guar gum and xanthan gum.

    • 2/3 cup Distilled Water (room temp)
    • 1/8 tsp Xanthan gum
    • 1/8 tsp Guar Gum (use alone for vegan recipe)
    • 1 tsp  Carrier Oil ( you can adjust amount depending on hair type, i.e use more oil for dry hair)
    • Pour water into blender
    • Add Oil
    • Start blender
    • Add Guar gum and/or XG slowly
    • Allow time for hydration (15-30minutes). 
      • You can also use a stick blender!
    Ways to personalize recipe:
    • Use different carrier oils/butters
    • Replace water with aloe vera juice, hydrosols, infusions or decoction
    • Add extracts
    • Add EO's
    • Add Protein ( egg, avocado, mayo, yogurt)  1x applications only 
    As with any recipe that contains water, if you want to leave this product out or last longer than a few days, you will need to add a preservative.  If you do not want to use any preservative, you can refrigerate, which will extend it's shelf life a little. Check out my posts here about options for preserving your products.

    Just make enough for a few days or one application depending on need and if you want to make larger amounts, make this recipe into a formula using percentages! See method here.  You will need to shake before each application!

    I am very excited by the possiblities, ayurvedic conditioners, etc!!

    The puprose of sharing this video is to provide a visual of the process, not suggest the product used!

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    DIY Natural Hair Gel #3

    Here is another simple hair gel recipe that is, quick and easy.  All ingredients can also be found locally!! There are other posts that I have made about natural hair gels, here

    I found this recipe below, but you can definitely tweak it to your hearts desires, just experiment.  They can be purchased locally at your grocery store, look in the baking isle.

    • 2/3 cup Distilled Water(room temp)
    • 1/4 tsp Xanthan gum
    • 1/4 tsp Guar Gum (use alone for vegan recipe)
    • 1 tsp  Carrier Oil ( you can adjust amount depending on hair type, i.e use more oil for dry hair)
    • Pour water into blender
    • Add Oil
    • Start blender
    • Add Guar gum and/or XG slowly
    • Allow time for hydration (15-30minutes). 
      • You can also use a stick blender!
    Ways to personalize recipe:
    • Use different carrier oils/butters
    • Replace water with aloe vera juice, hydrosols, infusions or decoction
    • Add extracts
    • Add EO's
    • Add Humectants (honey, veggie glycerin,etc)
    As with any recipe that contains water, if you want to leave this product out or last longer than a few days, you will need to add a preservative.  If you do not want to use any preservative, you can refrigerate, which will extend it's shelf life a little. Check out my posts here about options for preserving your products.

    Just make enough for a few days or one application depending on need and if you want to make larger amounts, make this recipe into a formula using percentages! See method here


    Friday, August 26, 2011

    DIY Liquid Eyeliner

    The trick to staying as natural as possible with DIY recipes is to only make what you need.  Depending on what your making,  this can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but here is a simple and COOL idea I will be trying soon.  If you look at liquid eyeliners they typically have water as the top ingredient meaning they have some type of preservative in it. 

    Supplies Needed:
    • Pressed or Loose Eye Shadows (store bought) or Mica or Iron Oxide powders from places like Coastal Scents
    • Eyeliner Brush
    • Visine

    Very Cool and simple!

    More DIY makeup coming soon!

    I will begin learning more using this book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products


    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    DIY Deep Conditioner Ingredients

    Since I have eliminated "products" from my hair regimen, I am currently on a search to figure out a deep conditioner for after my henna treatments.  I tried a recipe last week and I was not at all enthusiastic about it.  My hair was not dry , but it was a little frizzier than usual, so I'm unsure what I'm going to do; stop henna treatments or do more research?

    Last weeks trial recipe:
    • Aloe Vera Gel
    • Raw African Honey
    • EVOO
    • Shea Butter
    • Coconut Oil
    This sounded good, but it didn't give me that Boom Boom POW! feeling.

    In my brief research most peoples diy deep conditioners contain protein, but it's not recommended to use this after a henna treatment.  Will a simple hot oil treatment suffice??? idk

    Anyhoo, Here is a list of popular natural deep conditioner ingredients.  These ingredients can be used in several different variations depending on your preference and what is available to you. 

    • Ripe avocado protein
    • Ripe Banana/ Banana Baby Food
    • Raw Honey
    • Aloe Vera Juice/Gel
    • Mayonnaise protein
    • Coconut Milk protein
    • Coconut Cream protein
    • Egg protein
    • Yogurt protein
    • Carrier Oils/Butter
      • avocado oil
      • coconut oil
      • Shea Oil
      • Shea Butter
      • EVOO
      • Avocado oil
      • Wheat Germ Oil
        • Find great article about Oils, Water and deep conditioners here
    These are just some of the ingredients out there that can be used and feel free to share any of your suggestions. 

    Another simple way to create your own deep conditioner is to simply add honey and EVOO to your favorite conditioner and call it a day. ( I'm so tempted to buy me the closest to natural conditioner I can find and calling it a day)

    Enjoy and Remember to share, I am always open to suggestions!

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Un-Petroleum Jelly II

    This recipe is much "thinner" and great for hair "grease" formulations and a lighter/high shine lip gloss than my first un-petroleum jelly formula.  This formula is just a collection of different oils used with less beeswax.  I found that I liked this formula better for lip gloss and body application, but that is just my preference. 


    Just follow the instruction from the Un-petroleum Jelly post! 

    FYI: How much beeswax needed changes depending on the oils/butters you use and your personal preference.  Some oils are heavier/than other!


    Phase 1

    Jojoba Oil   23.5%
    Castor Oil   25.4%
    Shea Oil      23.4%
    Beeswax     3%
    Vitamin E Oil 1%
    Coconut Oil 23.4%

    Phase 2

    Rosemary Extract or Vitamin E Oil  .3%
    Mica/Beetroot Powder optional
    Flavoring optional

    Note:  From experience, When adding mica,  for a transparent/sheer color effect add to lip gloss during cooling phase(still liquid like)  For more intense color, (like high shine lip stick) add after it has cooled (solidified).  I will make a post to show the difference soon!
    Try out different oil combos and beeswax amounts to see what works best for you!!


    Monday, August 15, 2011

    DIY Chafing /Diaper Rash Cream

    This is a cool recipe I found in one of my recent Internet searches!  This is good for those that are very active, runners, diaper rash, etc! You will find many renditions of this recipe on runners boards.

    • protects skin from chafing
    • can help heal the skin
    • helpful with blister prevention.
    • Low cost and effective

    As mention before in other post, Vaseline is good for chafing and diaper rash, but here is a way to personalize or improve it and make your own cream!

    A& D Ointment 40%
    Vaseline 40%
    Vitamin E Oil 10%
    Aloe Vera Gel 10%

    Mix equal parts A & D ointment and Vaseline
    Add vitamin E oil and Aloe Vera  oil

    While in the baby isle I decided to read the labels of the bottles and they were mainly petroleum jelly with A&D present in small amounts.  There were also chemicals listed I know little about or feel like typing out.  I also came across one that was cocoa butter based instead of petroleum jelly, Whoo Hoo....right?  Well as I read further down in the Inactive ingredients( at home, I might add) I found PARABENS, LOL!  Got caught up by the cocoa butter, but it gave me an idea(light bulb), Ha!


    Epilator Update

    So, I "recently" posted about the epilator here and how I was curious to use it.  Well, I purchased the exact epilator Naptural85 showed in her video on ebay for cheaper,lol! (it works fine)

    Anyhoo, I have used it twice, so here is my review:

    OUCH!!!,   But dang those results are good!

    So, the thing kinda hurts, but I got used to the feeling after the first few swipes and then it become tolerable.  So, it's a little bit of a shocker at first, but then it gets better.

    The "shave" last about 2-3 weeks and its great, because I'm lazy.  My armpits have even lightened.  Previously I was getting a dark circle, that I thought was due to the deodorant, but I guess I was wrong.  ( I only use natural deodorant fyi)

    So overall, I vote you give it a try and as I mentioned in my previous post, try using the baby gum numb stuff if your afraid of the pain.  I debated adding this, but I'm going to keep it real here, lol.  I'm going to keep it 100( I've been hearing this a lot from guys,lol).  The bikini line is a whole other story, OUCH, I couldn't take it (grimace).

    I wasn't sure if you wanted to see my armpits, so no pics for this post, lol!

    Enjoy, if you dare!

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    More Clay Washing!

    I know I have posts about Clay Washing and Hair Detox, but here is an updated recipe of mine and ways to personalize your own recipes!

    ·         2 Tbsp  Bentonite Clay
    ·         2 Tbsp  Rhassoul Clay ( Great Conditioner!)
    ·         10 drops  Lavender, Peppermint  and Lemongrass EO (optional) 
    ·         1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel 
    ·         1 tsp ACV 
    ·         1 tsp Honey
    ·         Water -mix until you get desired consistency

    Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl (metal will mess with the natural minerals in clay)
    • Apply to damp hair and massage into scalp.
    • Cover w/ shower cap and let sit on your hair for 15-20 minutes ( do not let it dry)
    • Rinse

    Ways to personalize this recipe:

    • Use Aloe Vera Juice/Hydrosols/Coconut Milk/ Herbal Infusion(leaves, flowers)/Decoction(roots, bark) in place or in combination with water
    • Add Herbal Extracts
    • Add 1-2 tsp of light oil ( sesame, avocado, jojoba)
    • Add veggie glycerin in place of honey
    Use any left overs for a facial!!

    I prefer my mix to be thicker, but some like a more watery consistency so play around with the amounts of clay used until you find your desired mix!


    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Get Started Mixing!!

    I wrote this post as guest post on another blog, but I thought I should put it here for my followers!

    There are three simple ways to learn about DIY natural hair care:

    1.      Books
              a.       To get started making your own hair products purchase books about natural skin and hair care. (the expensive ones I got through inter-library loan)  My favorite books included a glossary about each ingredient and their benefits and shelf life.  Some books main focus is just recipes, while others explain the structure of hair, hair needs, etc.  There is no one book unfortunately, trust me I searched, but a few will help.
            From there you will learn the basic procedures of certain formulations and how hair products were made.  One of the biggest formulas that are used in hair care is emulsions (water + emulsifying wax + oils).

    2.      Online Resources ( blog, vlogs, forums, ingredients databases)
             a.       As you already know the natural hair care blogs, vlogs and forums are also a great resource.  A lot of what I learned is a combination of Google searches (blogs,vlogs,forums), books and natural ingredient wholesalers. 

     3.      Natural Wholesale Companies
             a.      Wholesalers are very helpful when you have questions about formulations, ingredients and explaining the purpose of each ingredient sold.  Many wholesale websites include their own formulary (recipes) and break down each ingredient explaining their purpose, shelf life, and formula compatibility ( oil-soluble vs water soluble, etc).

    Start reading labels of your favorite products to see what is in them (not your ingredients to avoid list, lol!) and before you know it, you will be able to break down the products key ingredients and understand the formulation. 

    Determining Freshness

    The best way to determine the freshness of ingredients is color, smell and texture.  If the herbs are dry and crumbly, they may be too old.   

    The freshest herbs are obviously those pulled straight from the dirt, but these are not great for formulating because they still contain water, which can cause mold in your formulations.  Because of this, dried herbs are best.  These herbs should be stored in dark cool places, preferably in amber jars w/ tight tops and labels (expiration date).  This will help the herbs maintain their potency.  If they are exposed to too much light and air, they will lose their medicinal properties and flavor.   

    Herbs typically last for 1-3 years depending on what type (leaves, flowers seeds, bark or roots) and what form (Ground vs. Whole) you are using.  Each serves different purposes and are easier to use in different formulations. 

    As for oils, they need to be stored in cool dark areas as well.  These too need to be stored in UV protective bottles.  Every oil has a different shelf life and can withstand different temperatures before they become rancid, so check their shelf life and label.  For example, almond oil has a shorter shelf life than most oils and will last longer if refrigerated and butters must be heated at low temperatures, otherwise they will become grainy. 

    Recommended Books:

    Beauty by Nature by Brigitte Mars
    The Holistic Beauty Book: Over 100 Natural Recipes for Gorgeous Healthy Skin by Star Khechara
    Natural Beauty Basics: Create Your Own Cosmetics and Body Care Products by Dorie Byers 
    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products by Sally W. Trew and Zonella B. Gould

    (These three are kind of technical (get from library), but give you general understanding, I really skimmed these)
    Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry
    Preservative Free and Self Preserving Cosmetics and Drugs Principles and Practices
    Preservatives for Cosmetics

    Favorite Wholesalers/Stores:

    Local: Whole Foods, Indian Grocery, Health Food Stores, Farmers Markets
    The Herbarie (Ingredients, Formulary, Preservatives, Antioxidant)
    FNWL (Recipes Database, Herbs, Oils)
    Essentials Wholesale (organic herbs, oils, butters)
    Coastal Scents (mica, fair trade oil & butters)
    Mountain Rose Herbs (organic; oils, clays, butters, herbs, tea, jars/containers, How-to’s, etc)
    Brambleberry (DIY soap resource, oils, butters)
    Texas Naturals Supply (butters, oils, formulation ingredients. Clays, etc)
    Sunburst Bottles (wholesale bottle distributor)
    New Direction: Aromatics

    See my Formulators Supplies Needed post to get you started!

    These are a few places that I have bought from and/or heard good things about and will order from in the future!


    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    DIY Body Lotion

    I just found this recipe and it sounds promising.  I am so going to  try this recipe soon! 

    I wonder how long it will last though, with the current heat in Chicago, it will probably fair better in the refrigerator, but I wonder how hard it would become....won't know until I try!

    Body Lotion
    This is a great recipe that does not spoil easily without the aid of refrigeration. It makes about 2 cups of lotion.

    1 cup of aloe vera gel
    1 teaspoon of lanolin 1 teaspoon of pure vitamin E oil
    1/3 cup of coconut oil
    1/2 ounce of beeswax
    3/4 cup of almond oil
    Up to 1 and 1/2 teapoons of essential oil of your choice or more to prolong scent

    Place aloe vera gel, lanolin and vitamin E oil in a blender or food processor. Place coconut oil and beeswax in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup, microwave on high for 30 second and stir. Repeat in ten second blocks until fully melted.

    Stir in almond oil, reheating if necessary. Run blender at low to medium speed, then pour in melted oils in a thin stream. As the oils is blended in the cream will turn white and the blender's motor will begin to grind. As soon as you have a mayonaise-like consistency, stop motor, add essential oils and pulse blend. do not overblend Transfer cream to glass jars while still warm because it thickens quickly.
    This recipe was found in the Winter 97 issue of Handcraft Illustrated Magazine. The article was written by Amy Jenner

    What do you think?


    DIY Manicure/Pedicure

    It's summer and if there is any season that demands maintained mani/pedi's it is summer.  I love nail polish, but hate how long it DOESN'T last.  If you know my blog, you probably have figured out, I'm lazy and don't like DAILY maintenance of anything other than bathing rituals and facial care.  Anything else needs to last 3 days to a week at least lol.  Because of this, I usually have a chipped manicure throughout the week, smh!

    Anyhoo, these are a the Tips and Tricks I have learned recently.

    • Nothing beats a good base and tops coat
    • Don't buy the cheap stuff!!
    • Alcohol will make your manicure last longer!!!
    My Fav's
    • Polish:  Essie hands down! ( last up to 3 days) and OPI
    • Base Coat: Nail Tek- Foundation II Base Coat- Ridge-Filling Nail Strengthener
    • Top Coat: Seche Vite

    This combination works great for me!

    Mani/Pedi Instructions:

    1. Soak nails either in a dish or as I do, during your bathing rituals
    2. Apply cuticle oil or jojoba oil, Olive oil, etc and let sit for a minute
    3. Clean cuticles with cuticle pusher or orange stick
    4. Wash hands
    5. File nails in one direction and shape.  Do not run file back in forth across nails tip.  This will cause damage.
    6. Rinse hands
    7. Apply alcohol to nail bed.  This will dehydrate the nail and remove and excess oils that cause nail polish to chip.
    8. Apply base coat.  Allow base coat to dry.
    9. Apply 2 coats of polish or as desired.  Let polish dry for 20 minutes
    10. Apply 1 layer of your top coat and drag brush across tip of nail to seal... Let dry
    11. Apply 1 layer of your top coat daily

    Side note:  If you like crackle polish, when your manicure begins to chip, apply a fresh layer of clear polish, then apply a layer of crackle polish.  This help disguise chips and helps you last the rest of the week!!


    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Updated Skin & Hair Regimen

    Here is my updated Skin & Hair Regimen. 

    The reason behind the changes were the hot & humid weather here in Chicago and getting tired of too much product in my house and simplifying my regimen.

    Skin Care Regimen:
    • Wash Face 2x daily
    • Use Toner after every wash
    • Exfoliate 3x/week ( replaces 1 daily washing session)
    • Facial detox 1x/week
    • Use gelatin mix whenever I remember
    • OCM to remove makeup only
    • Moisturize body w/ Skin Oil
    • Moisturize Face w/Aloe Vera Gel
    • Use MOM's as primer & oil mattifier occasionally when wearing makeup
    Skin Products:
    Witch Hazel
    OCM ( only use at night to remove makeup)
    Cleansing GrainsII, I (exfoliation) 
    Bentonite Clay
    Aloe Vera Gel ( facial moisturizer)
    Herbal Spritz or Rosewater w/glycerin (sets makeup, toner, and moisturizer)
    Skin Oil

    Hair Regimen:
    • Wash 1-2x/month
    • Lightly french twist 1-2x/week
      •  to stretch natural curl pattern
    • Rinse hair 1x/week w/ water 
      •  remove sweat from working out
    • Twist outs whenever I feel up to it or special occasions
    • Protective styling every 2 weeks
      • wigs, crochet or mini twists ( I get bored easily)
    • Moisturize and seal hair daily with Water and Hair Oil
    • Henna occasionally
    Hair "Products'
    Bentonite Clay Wash 2x/month
    Flaxseed gel (when hold is needed)
    Water (moisturizer & refresher)
    Hair Oil ( sealer & moisturizer)
    Hair Pomade ( styler)
    Jamilia BAQ Henna

    I have really simplified my hair regimen, not my skin regimen so much.


    Saturday, July 30, 2011

    Skin Oil

    This oil is light and non greasy; great for hot summer months!  I suggest you use this oil immediately after your shower/bath, DON'T towel dry!  You can just seal in the moisturizing water and air dry.   In the colder and dryer months add heavier oils like castor oil, coconut oil and shea oil. 

    This oil is very healthy and good for your skin and you don't have to worry about the necessary preservatives used in lotions( water based products).


    40% Avocado Oil
    50% Almond Oil
    10% Jojoba Oil

    FYI:  Each of these oils can be used individually for your skin also


    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Hair Oil

    This hair oil is what I use to seal my ends after I wash and lightly french twist my hair to stretch my natural curl pattern out; no gel needed and for sealing in daily moisture routine.  I also just use shea oil on it's own when I'm not trying to be fancy.  Leaves my hair soft, shiny and moisturized! 

    Because my current regimen is very moisturizing, I find that I don't need as much stylers to hold my curl pattern.  Currently I have been liking my twist outs better just using oils rather than flax seed gel, when I have time to let my hair fully dry. 


    70% Shea Oil
    10% Jojoba Oil
    10% Coconut Oil
    5%Castor Oil
    5% Vitamen E Oil
    5% Rosemary Extract
    EO optional

    Like most oils, this too can be used for the skin, but it will be a litlle oily, so beware!


    Hair Pomade/ Whipped Butter

    This pomade can be used for both skin and hair honestly.  But for hair, it can be used to help style hair in twists,wash n gos, etc, lay those edges down and seal in moisture.  You can also mix this with flaxseed gel to make your own curly pudding, but I would suggest you make that in small amounts because flax seed gel must be refrigerated and has a short shelf life.

    20% Shea Butter
    10% Jojoba Oil
    20% Cocoa Butter
    15%  Mango Butter
    5% Castor Oil
    20% Coconut Oil
    5% Rosemary Extract
    5% Vitamin E Oil
    EO optional

    This mixture is of oils I like for my hair, but could be used for my skin as well.  If I were to make this whipped butter for my skin, I would add/substitute almond/avocado oil. 

    I'm also really interested in trying Jojoba butter. I'm not a real fan of shea butter for hair most days, but I like it at the same time for it's weight and staying power in the winter months.

    1. Take Butters an oils and weigh out each
    2. Place butters in double boiler or microwave(at low power) and allow to soften, not melt. 
    3. Add Coconut oil, jojoba oil, Castor oil 
    4. Remove  mixture from heat source
    5. Pour mixture into glass bowl
    6. Begin mixing for 5 minutes
    7. Allow mixture to cool and solidify a little
    8. Mix again for 4-10 minutes or until fluffy
    9. Add rosemary extract and vitamin E oil
    10. Mix
    11. Place pomade in desired jar and store in cool & dry area

    Monday, July 25, 2011

    DIY Lip Balm

    Lip Balm
    20% Cocoa Butter
    33% Mango Butter
    20%   Beeswax
    20% Coconut Oil/Oil Blend
     5% Vitamin E Oil
     2% Honey/Glycerin
           Flavor optional
           Mica optional

    I made 2 oz using this formula.  This made me 2; 1/2oz tube (1 w/ bananna flavor and 1 plain), 1: 1/4oz tin and 3: .15oz tubes w/cellini red mica.  Although the mica was red, it came out pinkish when mixed w/ the balm and lip gloss.(lip gloss was unpetroleum jelly with mica)


    1. Measure out beeswax and place in double boiler
    2. Measure out oils and butters ( add butter(s) last)
    3. Keep fire low so not to over cook butters and increase probability of rancidity
    4. Add Honey
    5. After beeswax, oils and butters have melted, pour into stainless steel bowl or glass pyrex cup(easier to pour)
    6. Allow to cool slightly and add Vitamen E Oil
    7. At this point you can add mica/flavoring/Essential Oils
    8. If you want make some plain and some w/ mica/flavoring/Essential Oils seperate the batch.
    9. Pour into clean and sterilized containers

    I also found this cool post about the benefits of beeswax lip balm:see here