Here's the ingredient list:
Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera, cire de candelilla) wax, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, lanolin, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, cera carnauba (copernicia cerifera, cire de carnauba) wax, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), limonene, May contain+/-: CI 77491/77492/77499 (iron oxides), mica, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 778161(tin oxide)
I can break this down very quickly as follows (if you click on the links at the bottom of the page, you'll see reasons for using all these ingredients!)
- Castor oil adds a lot of shine to a lip balm, so that's always a good addition for a lip balm.
- Sunflower oil has tons of linoleic acid, which is great for repairing skin's barrier mechanisms.
- Lanolin contains a lot of sterols, which are great for repairing skin's barrier mechanisms.
- Beeswax is essential to make it stiff, and you can use candelilla wax or carnauba wax for that purpose.
- Peppermint oil will give you a taste and a tingle of peppermint.
- The butters are in to make the product stiffer, and melt on contact with your skin.
- The oils are in there to create an occlusive layer.
- The tocopherol and rosemary leaf extract are there to retard the rancidity of the oils in the product.
- And the colours are in there to make the product coloured.
There's a great basic lip balm recipe from Majestic Mountain Sage that I suggest to everyone wanting to start making lip balms...
25% solid at room temperature oil (Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Lanolin, etc.)
15% brittle at room temperature oil (Regular Cocoa Butter, Palm Kernel Oil, etc.)
40% liquid oil at room temperature (Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, etc.)
If you're using a more brittle wax like candelilla or carnauba wax, you'll want to start at 10% wax because it can make it very hard!
Here are links to various posts on my site for making lip balms, lip shimmers, and lip sticks, as well as information on various ingredients!
- Lip shimmers, introductory recipe
- Lip shimmers - adding iron oxides
- Lip shimmers - adding titanium dioxide
- Lip shimmers - adding boron nitride
- Lip balms with lecithin and sodium lactate
- Lipstick with Croda's Super Sterol product
- Classic lipstick base
- Choosing waxes
Because a lip balm is such an individual thing, I'll refer you to the MMS recipe and my posts on how to make your starting recipe, then you can tweak it to get the same skin feel!
Join me tomorrow for more duplicating fun!