What is super sterol liquid? The INCI reads C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters. It's a light emollient that is supposed to mimic your natural sebum, and it claims it will penetrate the stratum corneum. Not a bad thing in my book!
And the Crodamol STS is a silicone replacement product (INCI: PPG-3 Benzyl Myristate) that offers film forming and emolliency. It is not water soluble like other esters. Since it doesn't work for me in hair care products as a silicone replacement, I thought it might work for my lips. You could substitute dimethicone in its place at the same percentage.
My modified version of this recipe...
70% super sterol liquid
4% beeswax (it called for synthetic beeswax, but I had the real thing so I used that)
12% Crodamol STS
12% ozokerite wax
2% candellia wax (it called for paraffin, but I don't have any)
You'll notice the distinct lack of Vitamin E in here. These are very long shelf life oils, so you don't need to worry about it. I'd add it at 1% anyway because Vitamin E has some good skin loving properties.
What do I think? I am in love with this lip balm. It's very soft - too soft for a lipstick in my opinion - but stiff enough for a tube. I can feel it on my lips for a really really long time, and I don't get the urge to lick it off. The taste is completely neutral. This, for me, is the best lip balm I've made.
If you want to make this into a lipstick, you'll want to up the waxes a bit. I'd add about 4% candelilla wax and another 5% beeswax for a total of 9% beeswax, 4% candelilla wax, and 12% ozokerite wax. I'd remove 5% super sterol and 4% Crodomol STS (or dimethicone). This will give you nice slip and glide, moisturizing, but tenacity.
Join me tomorrow the start of the fillers round-up and summary!