Learn More About: Lip Balm Kit



ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS

Beeswax: Beeswax is obtained from the wax cappings which cover the honeycomb cells that contain honey in a hive. Beeswax is a natural by-product of a honey harvest. It is solid at room temperature & will melt around 145-147 degrees fahrenheit.

Fractionated Coconut Oil: This oil is derived form the the coconut but only contains the medium-chain triglycerides of coconut oil. It is extremely stable with a long shelf life, and is a very lightweight oil that is both non-greasy and non-staining. It has emollient properties, which means it is something that softens the skin. 

Avocado Butter: A product of the fruit of the avocado tree, avocado butter is the hydrogenated version of avocado oil. Solid at room temperature, it melts onto the skin, leaving it soft and moisturized. 

Lanolin: This incredible moisturizer is a waxy substance that is obtained from the wool of sheep. It closely resembles the natural sebum of human skin, and forms a natural protective barrier over the surface of the skin. It is frequently used in lip balms and in glosses. Our lanolin is considered pharmaceutical grade from our supplier. 

Flavoring Oil: These oils are included to flavor your lip balm. Specific ingredients of flavoring oils are usually federally protected as proprietary, but they have been thoroughly tested for safety and approved by the FDA for use on the lips. 

Mica: This is a sheet mineral that appears to have a glittery or glimmering appearance in direct sunlight. It is frequently used in mineral makeup. While it is safe to use in your cosmetics, take caution when scooping the mica--you never want to inhale it (the particles are quite small) and you'll always want to wash your hands after using it so that you don't risk rubbing your eyes or staining your clothes.  


THE LEARNING: MORE ABOUT THE "WHY?"

How can liquids and solids be melted together to make what looks like a completely new substance?

All of the solids in your kit--the beeswax, the avocado butter, and the lanolin--all have something called a melting point. The melting point is the point where a solid heats up and becomes a liquid. When all of the materials in your kit are heated, they all reach their melting point and become liquids. When you stir the liquids, the molecules all mix together. As they cool down again, they blend together to become a spreadable solid.

Is this product an emulsion?

Nope--an emulsion is a way of mixing oil and water so they are dispersed together, like in a cream or lotion. Because your lip balm has no water, it isn't an emulsion. (Many people call beeswax an emulsifier, but technically it isn't!). 

Is there actual food in the flavoring oils? 

No, there's no actual food in the flavoring oils! In fact, there isn't any flavor in it at all--the flavors are actually lip-safe scents that trick your nose into believing it is tasting it! Crazy, right? But think about it--so much of your sense of taste is connected to your nose. Ever had a cold where your nose was stuffy and had a hard time tasting things? The flavor oils work the same way--they depend on scent.