Friday, September 26, 2014

Lorann Oils Lip Balm Making Kit Review

It's officially Fall! October is fast approaching, and I am already thinking about Christmas gifts. Alright, I'll admit I was thinking about Christmas gifts months ago, but lately I've really been buckling down and starting to think about what I want to do this year. I like to plan way in advance and have all of my shopping done by the end of November so I can really enjoy the holidays without the stress. I have a very large family, which means lots of money spent on gifts, and even more time spent on deciding what to get each person. I decided that this year I would try and shop local and make as many gifts as I possibly could! 

I've been scouring the internet and bookmarking products that are not only "make-your-own" kits that would help me get ready for Christmas, but also for DIY gifts for my family that are really unique and beautiful. Williams-Sonoma has a huge selection of "kits" that range from DIY Soda Kits, all the way to a Backyard Beehive Kit! (Yea, seriously!) You can see the wide variety they have HERE.
 
The Lorann Oils Lip Balm Making Kit really interested me, not only because I have a beauty blog, but because I've got lots of wonderful ladies to buy/create gifts for this year. Lip balm something that almost everyone uses and enjoys,and it's small enough to fit into a little gift bag or a stocking. This also appealed to me because there was a short time in my life when I thought it was a good idea to make body sprays, lip balms and oil perfumes and try to sell them on etsy. It was crazy-expensive, and I ran out of money before I was even close to completing a prototype. You live, you learn!
But that desire to make my own products hasn't really died down, and I've been known to make everything from tote bags to soap as gifts for my family!
This lip balm making kit has everything you need to make about 24 lip balms. You will also need a microwave or a stove top, as well as a heat-safe container to heat up the products in some way.
This is what the box looked like when I first opened it up! They've included very easy-to-follow directions as well.
Inside the kit, there were stirring sticks, 12 lip balm pots and 12 tubes, along with adorable labels for both. I would suggest not using a pen on these labels, as mine didn't write very well and ended up coming out a bit messy. I would use a very fine tipped marker, or one of the fine tipped sharpies if you want a neater, more professional look to the label.
As for the ingredients, these lip balms are all natural! They include Beewax, Sweet Almond Oil and Shea butter. The kit also included 4 different plant-based natural flavoring oils (Tangerine, Lemon, Key Lime and Peppermint.) This of course, sparked the idea that I could make little "sets" of lip balms that had one of each flavor!

Directions
While the directions do state to use a pot of hot water and a heat resistant container, I am kind of lazy and that seemed like way too much effort, so I used the microwave and a coffee mug. It worked just fine!

These directions provide enough product to fill 4 lip balms. For best results, the kit suggests doing these in batches of 4.

1. Find a measuring scoop and place 4 teaspoons of the beeswax beads into the cup.
2. Add 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil (you can add 1/2 tsp more if you want a shinier balm)
3. Add 2 teaspoons of shea butter
4. I used the mircrowave, so I heated this mixture up in 30 second intervals. I didn't want to burn it somehow or over-heat. So every 30 seconds I took the cup out, stirred everything around, and put it back in for 30 more seconds. The beeswax too the longest to melt, but I'd say after 4-5 rounds in the microwave for 30 seconds, everything was nicely melted down.
5. Once the mixture is melted to a clear liquid, Add 1/4th of a teaspoon of flavoring oil. I actually added a teeny bit more than suggested, because I really wanted the balms to have a strong scent and flavor. I chose the Tangerine because it smelled so good I wanted to drink it!

6. After mixing in the flavoring of your choice, you can pour the liquid balm into the jars that you've chosen. I would suggest using a piece of cardboard or paper towel underneath so you're not spilling wax on a counter or table. 
7. Let the lip balms stand undisturbed for 10-20 minutes so that they can cool completely. While I was waiting for them to cool, I wrote out the labels and place them on the lids of the jars. By the time I was done with that, they were ready to go!
(what the lip balms looked like when they were all done cooling!)
And here's the finished product with the labeled lid. Once these dried, you could still smell the delicious tangerine scent! The balm is a little on the harder side, so it does take a bit of friction to get enough of the product on your finger to apply, but it feels so moisturizing and tastes delicious! 
In the directions, they also suggest taking some lipstick shavings and melting them in with the mixture to make a tinted lip balm. I am definitely going to try that next time, and play around a bit with the amounts to create different levels of tint.

Overall Thoughts
 I had so much fun making these lip balms, and I think they're going to be great little homemade additions to my Christmas gifts this year. They were very easy and quick to make, and would be a fun family project to do with kids. My one major complaint about most DIY kits is that there isn't always enough of the ingredients to make a decent amount of product, however this kit has a great amount of product and a nice little variety of flavor oils, so there's something for everyone's taste. I think the one thing missing from this kit would possibly be a small funnel of some kind to make it easier to get the mixture into the tall tubes. So if you're interested in a kit like this, you might want to run to the store and pick up a little funnel, some disposable droppers, or a heat-safe cup that has a spout for easier pouring.
Overall, this is not only a great way to make small gifts for friends and family, but also a fun activity for parents and children to do together. This is also a really fun idea to gift to someone that enjoys DIY projects. The entire kit was $34.95, making each lip balm about $1.50 each, so it's also a great way to save money on handmade gifts! I'm super happy with this product, and I can't wait to try another kit from Williams Sonoma. Maybe I'll be brave and try out the backyard Beehive Kit! ^_~

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4 comments:

  1. Ahh I love it! I'd be tempted to do this just so I could give people lip balms with ridiculous custom names. This is definitely more fun than a plain old Chapstick!

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    1. haha oh my god that would be awesome! Making nerdy TV show-themed lip balms is something totally up my alley LOL

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  2. OH MY GOSH THIS LOOKS AMAZING!! I can't believe you were able to do it in your microwave either! I've actually made lip balm before using my own stuff and I love what they've done with this kit. Sweet almond oil is perfect and I like it better than grapeseed oil (which I've used, too). I also LOVE that they've included four different scents and GOOD ones, too. Plus labels! I don't have any labels.
    I'm like you and I'm already thinking about Christmas gifts and I've got soap and candles and lip balms to make for stocking stuffers and gifts.
    If you want to make these lip balms again, you can put a little more oil in to make it softer. Beeswax tends to make it harder (but you probably know that).
    And $35 is pretty reasonable for everything that is included. I do agree about the funnel though. It'd be nice if it had one for those tiny tubes.

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    1. I wasn't sure the microwave would work, but I went with it because I try to make it as easy as I possibly can LOL The kit does suggest using extra oil to make the balms softer and shinier when applied and I did that again when I tried tinting the balms and it worked very well! :) It is a fantastic kit though, I've been super happy with it so far!

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