The simplicity of balsam production is ideal even for complete beginners or older children, and the sophistication of the finished balsams makes them great even as non-traditional scented gifts.
What is laurel wax?
Laurel wax is obtained by water extraction from the fruits of the laurel tree Myrica Pubescens. The produced wax can be an excellent substitute for beeswax - so if you are looking for vegan alternatives, try to buy carefully and ecologically obtained laurel wax, which you can use not only for mixing cosmetics, but also for the production of wonderful scented and massage candles.
The ash-green hard pieces of beautifully – after the forest – warm and spicy-smelling laurel wax will transform any balm or salve into a unique and pleasantly unconventional affair. The scent can really warm and delight, after sniffing a bag of laurel wax you will feel the summer humidity of the forest, pine and spruce needles, flowering wild herbs and maybe even a flash of fire. It's really beautiful.
Another nice feature of the green scented wax is the purchase price, 50 grams costs 91,-, which compared to other vegetable or flower waxes, is an absolute bargain.
Comparison of laurel and beeswax balms
Laurel vegan lip balm behaves a little differently than classic beeswax-based balms. You gently glide the laurel balm over your lips or skin, and the texture is a little softer or perhaps more rubbery than a hard bee balm. Because the laurel balm is somehow lighter compared to the bee balm, it gives the impression that there is not much left on the lips after swiping... But then the incredibly rich and long-lasting hydration of the skin and the velvety moisturizing of the lips, which the inconspicuous layer of the balm can conjure up. For windy autumn weather, the laurel balm is absolutely wonderful.
Mmmm, that's the smell
We left the balms unscented because we are in love with the naturally natural scent of laurel, but if you like your balms really fragrant, mint or, of course, laurel will suit it. Here, however, really pay attention to the appropriate dosage and remember that less is more, so that you do not irritate your lips with an excess of essences instead of delighting and healing them.
In paper or plastic?
In the description of eco-friendly paper packaging, you will always find a recommendation to try the formulation, because not every product gets along with paper. You don't have to try it here, just listen to our advice. If you start making laurel balm, DO NOT PUT IT IN PAPER PACKAGING. Although the balm looks beautiful (which is also the reason why we left the paper packaging in the photos, even though it looks confusing), this balm is VERY difficult to slide out of the paper packaging. So reach for plastic tubes, from which the balm will come out like butter. This will save you a lot of nerves and especially packaging and raw materials.
Shall we go for it?
What does it take?
To make approximately five tubes of lipstick or lip balm
- 8 grams of laurel wax
- 8 grams of almond oil
- 5 grams of babassu oil (after trying the virgin variant, we recommend a more refined variant without fragrance, which does not overpower the laurel aroma)
- 3 grams of cocoa butter
How to do it?
Weigh all the ingredients = laurel wax, almond oil, babassu oil, cocoa butter into a heat-resistant bowl. Place the bowl with the ingredients in a water bath and let it heat and dissolve on a low setting. When everything is liquid, mix it with a spatula and pour it into the selected tubes (you will make approx. 25 ml of the mixture from the indicated amount). Allow to cool and harden, then go ahead and use!
I want to make this but I don't have all the ingredients!
Laurel wax is the basis of the recipe, do not replace it.
Also, don't look for an alternative to cocoa butter.
You can replace babassu oil with coconut oil.