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?
TKBsells 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.
The following reviews are from our old website, and predate 2015. Items were ranked from 1 - 5.
This is a great product, but I wish it came in a dropper bottle because I keep finding that in a jar it gets really messy, and it's hard to measure out, and it's hard to get the "last little bit" out of it without creating a mess =((( I mean I'm usually pretty butter fingers, but this makes it worse! haha!
I just tasted this, and man is it sweet! I haven't tried it in my lip products yet, but off the bat I can tell that this is going to work perfectly! Can't wait to try it with the flavoring oils! I will let you know the outcome!
I used this with the french vanilla flavoring oil, and all I can say is YUMMY! It tastes so good..I love this stuff....
I used this for the first time the other day in some lip balms and it worked perfectly to sweeten them. Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to taste a tiny bit for myself. WHOA It's excessively sweet. Good thing I tried it before putting it into the batch first because I wasn't sure how much to put in. A little goes a long way.
For me this "does" work very well in a lip gloss (baggy) recipe.Here's what I tried 1st & it has worked for my last dozen bottles :) ...After mixing my dry goodies (mica, reflects, sparks etc...) Then I add my lip gloss oil bases to the baggy and mix thoroughly - During this time I've already set aside the Stevia in it's own baggy in a very warm bucket of water to melt. (since I'm using a baggy method the amount depends on how many lip glosses I'm making at that time)-A good amount to start with is a 1/2 gram- I add this with my Vanilla flavor oil, or Peppermint extract, Cinnamon extract is excellent too. Using 2 drops of the Stevia blend mixes into the oil and Mica blend...It's enough to lightly sweeten 1 or 2 bottles; depending on your taste buds :) -I'm better off adding 2 drops to a baggy that will give me 2 bottles of gloss...Otherwise I'll eat my lip gloss off!-Lastly I add TBK's Versagel to my lip gloss mix. This is SO Important!!Versagel should always be the last thing you add, (if you are using this ingredient...) Once you've added Versagel, there isn't much time to mix -or It Will Separate! With this wonderful thickening agent my Stevia stays equally dispensed and doesn't separate at all- It's been 3 weeks since!"If there are any unfortunate changes; I'll come back to update my review"...Just in case, I'm using this in my own Lip glosses as a trial... but 3 weeks without opening the bottles shows lots of promise!... (a little bit is very sweet- too much will taste bitter)
Just lime the last comment. This is a superior product and one that I must have, however you need to go back to a pot and dump the bottle because it doesn't work. At least if you're going to use a bottle please use one with a larger opening. TKB Responds: Yes ma'am. ; p We'll figure out something easy and non-leaky.
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