Cosmetic Making Supplies FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

You can infuse green tea into distilled water before adding it to the base. You will not need to add any additional preservative.

No, you cannot use food coloring in lip balm. Lip balm is oil-based.  Food colorings on the other hand are water based. Since oil and water don’t mix, you will need an oil base colorant for lip balms.  You can use our lip tints to color lip balm.

When lip balm is sweetened, we suggest using stevia.  Stevia is a vegan sweetener that can be used in lip balm.  It will disperse in the lip balm base but will not dissolve. 

Yes, titanium dioxide can be added to clear soap base to color it white.

No, you cannot add emulsifying wax to a lotion that is already made. It will bead.

Most often lotions will separate when the emulsifier was not added at the correct temperature. You have to be extremely careful with the temperatures at which you combine you oils and waters.  If you combine them at a temperature that is not hot enough, your emulsifier will not work. Your lotion will separate.  You want to add your emulsifying wax during your oil phase. Then, combine your oils and water around 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  In addition, if you add your Optiphen preservative at a temperature that is too low, it can separate from the lotion. It should be added at a temperature no lower than 120 degrees Fahrenheit and no hotter than 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Beeswax can vary in color from batch to batch. This is because it is a natural, uncolored and unbleached product.  Sometimes, it is golden in color. Other times, it is closer to white in color.  Of course, it can be anywhere in between. The color is dependent upon nature.  Since it is a natural product, we have no control over the color. However, we have found that no matter the color, it performs perfectly in lip balm.

No, vitamin E oil should not be used as a preservative. While vitamin E oil is an anti-oxidant, it will not prevent bacteria growth. It is a common myth that it can be used as a preservative. So, it is very important that you add a preservative.

Yes, Purenso Select Vitamin E oil is lactose free.

Optiphen Plus is a liquid preservative made of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol. It is both paraben-free and formaldehyde-free. It will prevent the growth of bacteria as well as yeast and mold in your handmade cosmetic recipes.

A preservative should be added to any product containing water. Any product containing water will allow for the growth of mold and bacteria. You may notice that some of our body scrub recipes contain Optiphen preservative. We add a preservative to our oil-based body scrubs because it is very likely that it will come into contact with water.

No, you do not need to add Optiphen preservative to your cold process soap. The pH level of CP soap does not allow for the growth of bacteria.

No, you do not need to add a preservative to your melt and pour soap recipes. Just like cold process soap, the pH level of MP soap does not allow for the growth of mold or bacteria.

No, Optiphen is not a paraben. Optiphen is paraben free.

The shelf life of finished products that are properly preserved is typically around 1 year.

Yes, the lip tints from Purenso Select are vegan.

Yes, the flavorings are phthalate free.

Yes, all of our lip balm flavorings can be found here.

Yes, the flavorings from Purenso Select are formaldehyde free.

While the flavorings may contain natural ingredients, they are not 100% natural.

If you would like to use a natural flavoring for your lip balm, you can use essential oils.  However, you will want to check the IFRA statement for each essential oil as not all of them will be lip balm safe.

We suggest using anywhere from 0.4%-4% flavor oil in your handmade lip balm recipe.  It is really a matter of personal preference. 

Yes, polysorbate 80 is a natural vegetable sourced emulsifier which creates solubility between water-based ingredients and oil-based ingredients.