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Going off a recipe I found online, I ended up with this, which makes up 4g and should be a smidge less than your average lipbalm tube, ie a single batch.

~1.6 grams of my own skin blend oil (1/3 avocado, 1/3 walnut, 1/3 coconut)
~1.0 grams of shea butter
~0.8 grams of wax (1/2 carnauba, 1/2 candellila)
~0.6 grams of kokum butter
~1-4 drops of essential oils

Melt the oil and wax and butter in double boiler until the wax is entirely melted, and add in the essential oils. Pour into a tin or whatever, quickly -- the wax will set up pretty fast, actually.

The balm is actually pretty solid once it sets up and probably would be much easier to apply if you poured into an applicator tube, but isn't bad to apply with your finger, at least as a lip balm.

It sits on the skin pretty well while still absorbing which is great if you're constantly reapplying lipbalm, like me.

Next couple of experiments are going to involve reducing the wax a bit and adding more liquid oil for a softer balm; also, probably I will be trying making some shea butter lotion/balms.

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