A wonderful complement to making soap, is the creation of lip balms. These use many of the same oils as soaps (but do not require saponification). Unlike many retail products, handmade lip balms typically contain fewer ingredients (most of which are oils, butters, and beeswax). For those products requiring preservatives for safety, they are typically limited to just one such ingredient and at a lower amount than most retail products.
The lip balms I create and sell are handmade in small batches from quality ingredients. I do not add sweeteners of any type to the balm (encourages licking lips which ultimately dries out this delicate area more quickly). I do add quality colorants to some batches, and also flavor oils. “Flavor oil” is a bit of a misnomer as they actually have little or no flavor. Rather, they are scents whose aroma wafting up right under our nose creates the “scent-sation” of a flavor.
While most of my lip balms are delivered in tubes or tins, I love to find special containers, such as this two-section pill container that make an especially fun presentation. Pictured is a wonderful balm made with coffee butter. It is so luxurious and feels so moisturizing! I keep this right by my desk at work and a quick application just once a day lasts until I head home in the evening!