Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Glossip Girls

I like things handmade and when I can get together with my friends to make something it's way more fun. Of course it takes three times as long but gossiping and snacking is part of the fun.
I checked the Internet for recipes but it there was never any amounts given so I had to wing it.
There are a few things that I learned in the process.

1.) Beeswax makes a really hard chap stick.
2,) If you are going to make it smell good don't use aroma oils they don't smell strong enough.
3,) Make sure you wipe down the chap stick holders really good or the stickers will pop off.
4,) Don't mix the last batch with lipstick and cover all the other chap sticks with it because lipstick doesn't smell as nice.
How many times can you say chap stick in a paragraph?

The recipe that I used is this:
13 teaspoons Almond oil
18gr. Beeswax
60gr. Cocoa butter
6 drops of Peppermint oil

This fills about 12 tubes of chap stick each tube takes about 4,8 gr. or 7ml.
If you are going for a more glossy look then use more almond oil and less beeswax but remember it has to get hard enough so it doesn't melt in your pocket.

When I made this I used the double broiler method but I am sure that you can make it in the microwave but you have to be careful to not let it get too hot. You want the wax and the cocoa butter to melt well because if you don't it will separate after a while. Also don't add the oil till the end because it will just lose it's smell if it gets to hot. Add it right before you fill the tubes.  It won't smell as strong when it comes out of the pot but it will once the chap stick is hard you will smell it. 

I used a syringe to fill the tubes and it was easy to just throw this out after I was done.

I kept one for myself and I tried it right away but like I said it was trial and error. The first batch was good because it stayed on my lips but didn't leave a mark on the glass and it did not come off at all,but it didn't have any shine whatsoever the second batch had more almond oil and less beeswax which is the recipe above and that had more shine which I prefer.
All in all I would say it was a success and I will be making more with different smells and maybe try some flavor too.

I am linking up at Lines across my face:Cure for the common Monday

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