I really wanted a fun favor to give to the kids at the upcoming camping themed birthday party. My kids LOVE lip balm so I thought.... how fun would it be to have marshmallow scented lip balm favors! So I started out on Etsy (because I love to buy handmade) and quickly realized if I was going to have enough for everyone I either had to shell out a ton of money.... or make them MYSELF! But I had never made chapstick before, and despite all the other tutorials out there, I was afraid that the various Vaseline and Petroleum Jelly concoctions would be a melt in your pocket disaster. Fine for home use, but I wanted a more durable result that I could feel good about handing out. So my search results turned up LipBalmTubes.com and I couldn't be more excited when I saw "Marshmallow Fluff" available! Not to mention a super easy, just melt, formula for the actual balm! A few days later and I'm a lip balm mad scientist, and the kids are having a blast!
Here is what I used-
Shea & Jojoba Lip Balm Base (I got the pound container, you can take out a little at a time and it stores beautifully. It's not at all waxy on the lips, light and glossy!)
Marshmallow Fluff Lip Balm Flavor Oil (don't let the name fool you, it's not actually flavored, just a scent)
Sweetener (this is what actually adds a bit of sweetness to your balm, the smell tricks your nose into thinking your tasting the "flavor")
Lip Balm tubes in white (as well as matching white caps)
Microwavable container (an inexpensive liquid measuring cup works great!)
I also got some other "flavors" and a variety of balm tubes and pots to test out. My pound of base will make a lot more than I need for the party so I'm making a few with the other flavors for gifts, myself, and the kids (because they were begging the whole time I was making them! Are you kids as into lip stuff as mine?)
To get started, there are a couple things you need to know. I promise, nothing to intimidating.
- Make sure your ingredients aren't too hot. Pouring too hot liquid into your balm tubes can cause them to warp and leak. IF you get things to hot, let them cool a bit, you can always reheat them if you wait to long.
- If your making a few at a time (like me), a rubber band around a group of tubes works great for holding everything up and together while you fill them.
- To determine how much "flavor" to put in you will need to do a tiny bit of math (don't get scared, just grab a calculator and your scale). You need to weigh the amount of base your using and multiply by .03. This is the amount of flavor you need to add. Make sure you don't include the weight of the container (I measured my container empty and subtracted it from my total weight). Some of the flavors have a stronger scent than others. I found with the marshmallow I added a bit more than what it called for and the scent is still pretty light where as the Lemondrop Pucker was very fragrant and didn't need any extra.
- You will find the pipettes very useful when adding flavor and sweetening. For the cost through Lipbalmtubes.com you can't go wrong.
So lets get to it!
- Spoon the desired amount of base into your microwave safe container (one with a spout really helps!). Weigh your product and subtract the weight of the empty container. Now grab that calculator and multiple by .03 to determine the amount of flavor you need.
- Melt the base in your microwave in 15-30 second increments depending on how well your microwave works and how much base your using. I found the base melts a lot like chocolate, if you have any little clumps give it a stir and it kind of melts itself. Make sure not to get it to hot!
- Add your flavor and a few drops of the sweetener (if you chosen to use it).
- Pour into each tube or pot being careful not to over flow, they fill up quickly!
- Allow your tubes to cool.
Simple right? You can totally do this!
All of the containers I received were excellent quality, what a variety! I really like the tall skinny ones, a lot like the drugstore balm I usually get. But my favorite (which surprised me) ended up being the clear standard tube with the colored lid (like the pink one below). I like that you can see the balm through the tube and you can coordinate the color with your flavor (I put a yellow lid on my lemondrop, this pink would be great for the bubble gum!).
So what other flavors did I pick up? I asked the fun gals at LipBalmTubes.com to send me a variety of their favorite flavors (mostly for kids since I'm doing a kid party). They have 38 different flavors! Here is what they sent-
Dill Pickle!!! Seriously, these smell just as good as those dill pickle chips LOL..... amazing and so unique! I will be working them into a birthday party sometime, I just HAVE to!
Bubble Gum- smalls AH-MAZING
Cherry Berry- I tested this one out because it smells so fun! Who doesn't love cherry balm!
Lemondrop Pucker- love it, as I mentioned earlier, great lemon scent
Popcorn!- smells just like a popcorn jelly belly (which is my least favorite jelly belly flavor, but the kids love it!)
French Toast- um.... YUM! Smells amazing
Pink Lemonade- which to me smells a lot like the lemondrop pucker, both very good!
Like I mentioned, the prices are so reasonable you can afford to test out quite a few and if you get a pound of the base you will have plenty to try them all!
Now I'm going to print up some fun "thank you" party favor labels and I will share the finished product with you at the party! Can't wait!