Homemade Lip Balm in 7 Easy Steps | Scholastic

Your children and their buddies will love making colourful, scented lip balm, utilizing beeswax, Kool-Assist drops, and coconut oil.

Since this straightforward venture makes use of a couple of objects you could not have readily available, it might require a fast procuring journey. The colourful plastic contact lens containers we used to carry our lip balm can be found at Goal, however any small container will work. Co-ops and Complete Meals often carry beeswax beads, however they’re accessible on-line as properly. Coconut oil is usually accessible anyplace you should purchase groceries.

Security Tip: To keep away from burns, the heating and pouring steps ought to be be carried out by an grownup.

Substances

  • coconut oil
  • beeswax beads or grated beeswax
  • colourful flavored liquid drink combine drops (resembling Kool-Assist model) 
  • small containers with lids, like empty contact lens circumstances, to carry lip balm
  • toothpicks or craft sticks for stirring

What to Do


Step 1: In a microwave-safe container, have you ever children combine collectively two elements coconut oil to 1 half wax beads. (For instance, eight Tbs. coconut oil, Four Tbs. wax beads.)

Step 2: Microwave the combination on excessive at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, till the wax is totally melted and the answer is obvious.


Step 3: Cool the new liquid briefly. If it will get cloudy or turns white, you’ll should reheat it with a view to pour it.


Step 4: Whereas the answer cools, have your children add a drop or two of flavoring combine to every of the lip balm containers.


Step 5: Fastidiously pour some sizzling oil/wax combination into one of many lip balm containers. (Once more, it’s best to conduct this step.) Have your children stir it with a toothpick to combine the colour in and proceed to stir because the lip balm cools right into a easy paste. Repeat till you’ve stuffed your whole containers. (The wax/coconut oil answer will be reheated if it begins to harden earlier than you’re able to pour it into smaller containers.)

Step 6: When the lip balm has cooled utterly, children can easy it off with a clear utensil in order that it’s prepared to make use of, or give to a buddy!

Step 7: (Optionally available) Let your children engineer their very own lip balm recipe utilizing this recipe paired with different secure elements, like Shea butter, peppermint oil or vitamin E (typically accessible on-line, at co-ops and at Complete Meals). Analysis the protection of all further elements and label your lip balm if it accommodates doable allergens! Use a pocket book to maintain monitor of the recipes you create.

The Science Behind the Enjoyable

Coconut oil is a combination of fat and oils that’s considerably stable at room temperature, however melts simply when it will get sizzling. On this lip balm recipe, it serves as a moisturizer referred to as an emollient, which acts as a barrier to carry the pure moisture in your lips. Beeswax melts at excessive temperatures, however is stable at room temperature, and thickens the lip balm.

As a result of oil and water don’t combine, and your colourful taste drops are largely water, it’s important to hold stirring them into the cooling wax and oil combination. This varieties a suspension of tiny globs, referred to as an emulsion, that offers the lip balm a smoother consistency. 

You could find extra experiments like this one at kitchenpantryscientist.com, and in my books Kitchen Science Lab for Youngsters (Quarry Books) and Outside Science Lab for Youngsters (Quarry Books).

© Quarry Books, 2016/Outside Science Lab for Youngsters
Featured Pictures Credit score: © Quarry Books

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