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Stevia is a natural, plant derived sweetener. This Stevia is pre-dispersed in coconut oil. Stevia is often used in lip balms and lipsticks. Recommended to add at 0.1% of the lip product formula.
Stevia does not dissolve water or oil, rather it suspends. The powder is fine enough that it works well in a butter, balm, stick or similar solid product. It is not recommended for use in a liquid gloss because the sweetener will fall out of suspension to the bottom of the bottle.
Stevia is very concentrated and if you err on the side of adding too much you will get a bitter aftertaste. If you are looking to make a lip-smacking gotta-lick-it product, Stevia is probably not the choice for you. Rather, it is good option when you are making a lip product with some maturity and you want to distract from the natural oil/wax flavor with a little natural sweetness.
How Do You Work With It?
The Stevia we are selling comes to you pre-dispersed in coconut oil. This means that at room temperature it will be a buttery soft solid.
If you overheat this product, you will burn the natural sugars and get a gooey mess. Therefore, please don't melt this product in a microwave. In fact, we suggest you not melt it at all.
We recommend that you first melt your lip base formula and then stir in the solid Stevia/Coconut Oil.The heat from your melted base will gently incorporate the Stevia/Coconut Oil.
If you absolutely insist on pre-melting the Stevia/Coconut Oil, we suggest you use a "Hot Water Bath". This means that you take a bowl or plate of hot water and you place your container of Stevia/Coconut Oil into the bowl. Click on the View Additional Image hyperlink above to see what we are talking about.
How Much Do You Need?
TKB sells a convenient Mini Spoon 5 set which includes a "drop"measure. This is the "drop" which we are using in our calculations.
For 2 ounces of Lip Base, you will add approximately 3-5 drops of Stevia/Coconut Oil blend.
We are selling approximately 300 drops per order. Therefore the product you receive will be adequate to sweeten approximately 6-12 pounds of lip base.