Ideally, lip balm should protect your lips from chapping due to dry air or cold weather conditions. Some recipes include a hint of color while others add an attractive glossy sheen to your lips.
Melt recipes using beeswax or petroleum jelly as the base ingredients in a pyrex jug in the microwave or in a double boiler. Don’t overheat: watch carefully, using small increments of microwave time, and heat only until just melted. Use individual recipe directions for instructions on heating paraffin wax.
Make sure the containers used for preparation and storage are clean and sterile. You can reuse old lip gloss pots or tubes, but thoroughly clean out the old product, then wash with soap and water, sterilize with rubbing alcohol, rinse with clean water and dry the container before reuse.
Use only cosmetic grade Beeswax or food grade ingredients.
Methods of Melting Lip Balm
* Microwave: If melting the base ingredients in the microwave, use short increments of time and watch carefully, removing as soon as the ingredients have just melted.
* Over Hot Water: Some recipes recommend melting the base ingredients in a ziploc water placed in a pot of hot tap water. Once melting is complete, unzip the bag, add flavorings, rezip, then knead lightly to mix all the ingredients together. Snip off a small corner of the bag and pour lip balm into containers.
* Double Boiler: If using a double boiler to melt lip balm, use low heat and remove as soon as melting has occurred.
Storage: Once your recipe is complete, pour the melted lip balm or lip gloss into small containers and let cool completely before using.