Behind the Scenes: Making Tinted Lip Balms

In the studio with Moody Sister Jess

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Too pink, not enough shimmer, way too pink, a little too light, but #5 is Just RIGHT!

Too pink, not enough shimmer, way too pink, a little too light, but #5 is Just RIGHT!

Each time we come out with a new color in our tinted lip balms, it takes quite a bit of R&D time in the studio to get just the right blend of micas and oxides.  Here's a look behind the scenes in Moody Sister Jess' studio!

First, we experiment with different ratios of micas and oxides blended into oil, and test several swatches to see which color is the closest to the look we are trying to achieve.  In this case, we were trying to create a pearlescent or opal color, and we wanted to make a nice minty lip balm for the holiday season.

Once we decide on a swatch, we need to test the color in a small batch of lip balm.  The color can look great in a swatch, but doesn't always look the same when in a balm. 

 

Measuring out the color

Measuring out the color

Melting scrumptious oils

Melting scrumptious oils

Blending color

Blending color

We run a small batch of lip balms, let them cool and try them out!

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After the first test batch, we figure out what we need to adjust.  More color from the oxides?  More shimmer from the micas?  Adjust and test again.  Finally we're ready to create the lip balms!

Hope you enjoyed this look inside the studio!


Try out this new tinted lip balm - Sweet Dreams, scented lightly with Peppermint essential oil.

XOXO,
Moody Sister Jess