SuperMomx4 - 22 days ago, Verified purchaser
We bought this as a Santa present with the thought that we would need to help our 6 & 8 yo girls with some of the steps. (Having worked our way through various slime kits, we've come to the realization that not everyone has the same "age" appropriate scale or definition of "simple" or "easy".) However, if I had read the instructions ahead of time I would have realized that they were over simplified and this kit would require a lot of assistance.
I ended up doing 95% of the process because of the need to use boiling water to first melt the wax base & chips together and then again, once the base/chip mixture had been separated, in order to get the product into the tubes. My girls were able to add the flavoring and shimmer drops but, outside of helping to unpackage the items, this was the extent of their involvement. Needless to say, they we're very disappointed and wandered off way before I ever figured out how to get the stuff into the first tube. If you haven't purchased this yet, I do not recommend it; unless you already have experience making lip balm and are looking for fun flavors (the flavors and shimmer are the only reason I give this one star - there is lots of it).
If you have already purchased this, but haven't tackled the process...here's some information that you may find helpful:
- You are going to need lots of boiling water. I used a 2-cup glass measuring cup, with about 1.5 cups of water, and made many trips to re-heat the water. It would have been simpler to use a tea kettle which I could have left on the stove.
- The wax base melts very easily, but the wax chips do not. If I was going to do this over, I would work to melt these first and then add the wax base.
- The first problem we discovered was that there are NO instructions on how to divide the wax combination once it is melted. Per the instructions, we used the small measuring cup provided to melt the wax together, but it can't be used to "measure" the wax. The kit should have either provided separate wax base and chip packages for each lip balm tube (also allowing the user to choose if they wanted to make all of them at once) or a measuring device that was clearly marked with the amount needed for each lip balm. We solved this by using the small scoop to divide the melted wax combination into 5 separate containers - this was tedious, messy and difficult because the wax did not want to stay melted. (It was also difficult to keep the boiling water out of the provided measuring cup while melting the wax.)
- Once the wax was separated, the girls added flavor and shimmer to each bowl, but by this time all of the wax had solidified again. So the wax needed to be re-melted (thus the need for continuous boiling water mentioned above) and I did the following steps flavor by flavor: 1) melt the wax and mix in the flavor/shimmer; 2) using the crank on the lip balm container, move the bottom up to about 1/2 way; 3) begin filling the tube (we used the scoop), slowly lowering the bottom with the crank until it was full or we ran out of wax mixture. For the five containers I used ones that would sit snuggly inside the 2-cup glass measuring cup that held the boiling water, like a double boiler, which allowed us to mix the flavor/shimmer into the wax and helped keep it melted during the process of scooping into the lip balm container.
We will hesitate before buying another "More than Magic" diy kit!!