Lip Balm Questions…

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Dec 17, 2019
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Hey everyone! I’ve driven myself crazy trying to figure this out and I think I’ve made it more complicated than it needs to be. It’s my first time making lip balm…I have the Lip Solutions and some flavor oils from MMS to try. The % rate for most of the flavor oils is 2-4%….I’m so comfortable working with weight (oz) in recipes from making soap all these years…but the MMS website discusses everything in grams. Am I able to do the flavor oils at 2-4% of the total weight of Lip Solutions I’m using? So measure it out in oz and not grams? Why am I so confused? 🤪🫠. SOS please send help!! Lol
You can certainly measure ounces of your lip balm base and use your flavoring by oz weight if you have the capability of weighing such tiny increments of ounces. I always found it much easier to use grams when dealing with lip balm unless you are making several ounces of lip balm. If you have trouble with conversions this is a great little free program, I know it has a windows version not sure about mac. Convert for Windows

I always used ounces for making soap but did use grams when making lip balms myself, unless I was making large batches of my lip butter in .25 oz jars.
Your formula is confusing because they're listing the recipe in grams, but then they tell you how many lip balm tubes it will fill up by volume. So like if you make 250g of lip balm, it's not guaranteed to fill up a cup (250ml) because different oils have different densities. One day i ordered 8oz of calendula petals. To my surprise it came in a giant 1lb bag! That's volume vs weight for you.

Anyways Google sheets has a really handy function called "convert". You can convert g to oz to cups very easily with it, just remember that the oz for weight is "ozm" so your formula would be like
=CONVERT(A1, "g", "ozm")
But also I just noticed that the first 3 measures of the recipe are in grams, and the last one is in ml. I wouldn't trust recipes like that because nobody mixes grams and ml in their recipes.
...Aren't ml and grams the same thing?

If .... and only if ... you're talking about water or fluids with the same density as water, then 1 milliliter (a measurement of volume) weighs 1 gram (a measurement of mass or weight). That's what I gather you might be thinking.

But if you're talking about anything other than water, it is NOT necessarily true that 1 milliliter will weigh 1 gram.

Using this lip balm recipe as an example, 150 mL of sweet apricot oil will weigh decidedly less than 150 grams. The reason why is that liquid fat is less dense than water.

I know the metric folks like to scoff at the imperial folks for mistakenly thinking 1 fluid ounce is equivalent to 1 ounce by weight. But this misunderstanding that 1 mL weighs 1 gram is the equivalent situation in the metric world.

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