July 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm #23256
The recipe I am thinking of is 15 g cera bellina, 15 g castor oil, 15 g coconut oil, 10 g lanolin, 20 g jojoba oil infused with arnica,10 g glycerin with aloe powder 0.5 g Vitamin E, 0.5g flavour/eo’s. Will lanolin allow the glycerin to emulsify? Is there a better way to get aloe into the product? Any ideas?July 24, 2017 at 10:52 am #23263MarleneParticipant
From what I understand, glycerin is self emulsifying in small amounts, so you should be fine! Think of a lip gloss for example, it’s oils and waxes, and then you add some glycerin, which sounds like what you’re trying to make.July 24, 2017 at 11:25 am #23264
YES! I wasn’t sure if it would emulsify at that %ageJuly 24, 2017 at 2:06 pm #23266
My only thought on this…well, two thoughts really…
One, isn’t arnica a pain reliever? Or is it more of a healing/soothing type herb that would be good for dry cracked lips and the like? Which sounds nice if that is indeed the case!
Two, wouldn’t aloe make this have an extremely short shelf life? I don’t know the answer to this, but that was what crossed my mind when I saw it. If yes, you may want to add a preservative to this for that reason.
Take pictures and let us see what you made!July 25, 2017 at 4:21 am #23269
Arnica is a pain reliever and reputed to aid in healing. Which is what I am going for. He gets a reaction to the sun that is fierce/painful, swelling and blistering his lip. So arnica for pain and aloe to heal. I hadn’t thought of a preservative but you are probably right. Last thing he needs is nasties growing in his salve 😛July 25, 2017 at 7:41 am #23270
That sounds like it would be nice! Sea buckthorn oil might be a good addition too, if you have it. It helps with healing skin damage too.July 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm #23357PennyParticipant
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Infuse your aloe powder in oil. And then strain through a coffee filter. That is how I’d get your aloe into your recipe. I don’t like glycerine at the moment in my lip care as I don’t like the feel. But, I know many do. So toss up!August 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm #23392
hmmm, arnica infused in seabuckthorn 🙂 My supplies have arrived. its time to find out!!!August 4, 2017 at 5:01 am #23395
So…tried arnica infused in olive oil, aloe in coconut oil, changed the glycerin in the above recipe out for rice bran oil (needed to be used). The result is lovely although my husband says its too thick and doesn’t taste great. I had added benzoin and spearmint for taste and a drop or two of syrup. I’m wondering if the glycerin gave it sweetness and made it less viscous….time for trial two :SAugust 5, 2017 at 10:42 am #23397
I’ve heard you can add a drop or two of stevia to get a bit of sweetness in a lip balm, but I have not tried it myself.August 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm #23423CynnaraParticipant
Big thing, be careful on arnica with open sores. It’s not recommended for open wounds. I’d recommend more of a chamomile and comfrey or calendula infusion for healing and prevention.
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