How It's Made: Lip Balm
Posted on March 24 2017
How it’s Made: Lip Balm
One the best parts of being a small batch handcrafter is being a small batch handcrafter.
For me, it goes something like this: OMG, OMG, OMG I’m almost sold out of lip balm.
I run around my workspace like a crazy person trying to figure out how this happened. The answer is always the same, they all sold…duh.
Once I stop running in circles, I look at my schedule to block of time for production.
And then this happens: ‘OMG, OMG, OMG I have so much to do,
how am I going to do all this, OMG” and I block off the time.
Lip Balm is one of our products that is a three-step process,
a step done once a day for three days. It does take some thoughtfulness.
After ten years, I still can’t remember that I generally get things done on time
(knock on virtual wood).
Day One: The first step is to infuse the Organic Coconut Oil with Organic Herbs. Calendula, Chamomile, Plantain and Chickweed are the star players here.
Super awesome for your skin alone, when you combine them with Coconut Oil and
Cocoa Butter the result is magical.
Your lips will thank you.
They might even say “Thank you!”
Day Two: Prepping the lip balm trays is a little tedious, pushing each tube individually
into its hole on the tray over and over again. But it gives me more time to think
about all the other things I could be doing, so, that’s a plus.
There is these little screwy things inside the lip balm containers,
they are what makes the finished product go up and down, at your command.
Kind of like a lip balm elevator.
Now, up until this point, I’m still a little rattled and stressed.
Running around, prepping my work space, trying to remember everything.
Then the Handcrafter Magic happens. As soon as I get into this part.
All the stress just washes away, a total sense of calm comes over me.
I’m in my happy place. Crafting products is my zen.
The infused Coconut oil get run through a strainer to separate out the oil,
that is now super charged with “herbal goodness”, as we officially call it at TSH.
Next is the blending of all the ingredients on a double boiler.
Chunks of golden, aromatic beeswax go in first.
Next some moisture rich organic Cocoa Butter
And it all blends together into a golden yellow liquid lip balm base.
This base gets separated out and I add whatever organic essential oils are required, depending on what scent lip balm I’m making.
Now, we’re ready to fill lip balm tubes.
This image is pretty cool, because you can see the progression of the lip balm turning form a liquid into a solid as it cools down. The trays get covered and stay like this overnight, so they can have a little slumber after their long journey of creation.
At this point, I’m all blissed out. Happy and fulfilled, I feel that I’ve accomplished something real with my time. A tangible product has been created, and it is pure and
will help people.
Slowly, my mind goes back to its usual 10,000 MPH whirlwind of thoughts.
Day three: It’s lid and label day! The lip balm tubes come off the trays,
each one gets a lid and a label.
Click on the image for pricing and to purchase.
About: Kim is a momma, wife and small business owner.
She lives with her family in Duchess County, NY, where she enjoys her rescue dog, bunny and chickens.
Her family loves camping, hiking, geocaching, and all things Cub and Boy Scouting. She is the owner/creator of Three Sisters Herbals, LLC.,
which she affectionately calls “her other baby”.
TSH is the same age as her youngest human baby, and they are all growing up together.
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