Lip Balm Recipe + Trials
For this trial, I changed the amount of beeswax and coconut oil, I dialed the coconut oil down from 2g to 1.5g and beeswax up from 1g to 1.5g.
I personally like this trial and trial 2 the best, currently, because I like their textures more, trial 2 is creamier and trial 4 is overall thicker when put on my hand but not oily or watery.
I think I will be changing the amount of beeswax from 1.5g to 1.25g and shea butter from 1g to 1.25g in trial 5 to see what it might do to the texture.
During this investigation, I accidentally added too much of the lemon essential oils to the lip balm (approximately 5 drops) so I reheated it and took it out until I liked the scent more and that it was more subtle.
We had also shared and received feedback from other people for the trials we individually made. This feedback affected my final decision for what I am going to change in trial 5 because I had noticed that people liked trial 2 and 4 best so I combined the recipes together to see what it will do to the consistency and texture of the lip balm.
Lip Balm Recipe + Trials
Lip Balm Recipe + Trials
For trial 3, I changed the amount of coconut oil to 2 grams to see what it would do to the texture of the lip balm, I thought it turned out too creamy. This time, for trial 4, I am going to change the amount of beeswax to 1.5g and the amount of coconut oil to 1.5g to test whether I like the texture or not.
During investigations 2 and 3, I found out that around 47-50 degrees Celcius is a good temperature to add in the essential oils since it would not solidify and is not warm enough to take away too much scent from the essential oils.
My mom tested out my third trial and compared it with my 2nd trial and said that my 2nd trial was better since my third trial was a little bit too thick and creamy.
For this lip balm trial, I changed the amount of coconut oil and grapeseed oil, I increased the amount of coconut oil and decreased the amount of grapeseed oil.
I took 2 classes to finish making this lip balm since, in the first class, the hot plate didn’t heat up well even when I turned it up to full heat. The hot plate in the second class worked especially well, it heated up in less than a minute.
I asked my mom to try my first lip balm and she said it was pretty good but was kind of rough and smelled really nice since I used the lemon citrus essential oils. But the first lip balm felt watery and kind of oily when I applied it to my lips so in the second trial I tried dialing down the amount of grapeseed oil and increased coconut oil because I thought it could make my lip balm more creamy. For the second trial, my mom liked it better since it was creamier and smoother than my first trial lip balm.
For the second trial, I used rose essential oils which had a lighter smell than lemon citrus so I used four drops of it.
For the next trial, I want to try to increase the coconut oil amount into 2g and decrease the shea butter amount to 1g to test out what difference it would make compared to the trial 2 lip balm. (Beeswax 1g, grapeseed oil 1g, shea butter 1g, coconut oil 2g, rose essential oils, 4 drops)
Attached above are photos of the trial and the procedure.
I came up with the amounts by looking at the amounts from the recipes I got online and the research I did for each ingredient. I subtracted and added amounts according to the attributes I wanted my lip balm to have.
In the first trial, I also had some problems with the water and got some into my beaker of ingredients. I started over and was successful with the lip balm. Measuring out the ingredients worked out better than I expected, especially sinced the oil was hard to manage and coconut oil was really hard to cut into.
The final product felt kind of slick on my hand put not oily, after about an hour on my lips, it was no longer dry. It also smelled really good, it smelled of lemon.
I would like to improve on the texture of my lip balm next time and maybe try to make the process of it healing my lips more efficient.
Many people have no issues managing emotions, they don’t even need to think about it. What is it like with people who need it? One example is Percy Jackson, an ADHD demigod from the Greek Mythology series created by Rick Riordan. I think he needs some tips and maybe a look in another perspective to solve problems caused by emotions, such as being put on probation and changing schools way too often. You can tell that Percy is quick to anger easily, he once said in the book, “I tried to stay cool, the school counselor had told me a million times”. He probably needs some guidance since he has talked to the counselor about this a lot of times. From an article called “New Ways to Think About ADHD”, they mentioned, “ADHD looks different from the lens of neurodiversity.” Maybe if people change the way of seeing him, he might show a better side. I believe it can influence him since it can make people grumpy and perhaps angrier. Another thing that Percy had mentioned was that “I started feeling cranky and irritable most of the time. My grades slipped from Ds to Fs. I got into more fights with Nancy Bobofit and her friends. I was sent out into the hallway in almost every class”(pg 17). You can tell immediately that he was cranky, it affected his grades a lot, if he can get his emotions under control, it would be easy to stop unwanted emotions affecting you in a negative way. To add more awareness to his problem about ADHD to Percy, a sentence from “New Ways to Think About ADHD” helps, “In many American classrooms, frequent distraction earns a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.” Although it is a disorder and may not help Percy feel ‘normal’ it can help through gaining conscience about distractions.
I am sure that Percy’s problem can be improved, both by taking in the advice and using them. “Finally, when our English teacher, Mr. Nicoll, asked me for the millionth time why I was too lazy to study for spelling tests, I snapped. I called him an old sot. I wasn’t even sure what it meant, but it sounded good.”(pg 17). You can tell that he angers really fast just by a tiny thing and that he cannot control his emotions from bursting and also doesn’t think about consequences. He can improve on confidence towards learning if he improves on managing emotions. Percy can also improve his ADHD if he chooses to take this advice from “New Ways to Think About ADHD”, “Behavioral therapy is another option. This approach aims to replace unwanted behavior with positive behavior.” This can help with managing his emotions and with distractions categorized in the “unwanted behavior”. Another example of rash behavior is, “No, no,” Mr. Brunner said. “Oh, confound it all. What I’m trying to say…you’re not normal, Percy. That’s nothing to be—”“Thanks,” I blurted. “Thanks a lot, sir, for reminding me.”“Percy—” But I was already gone.” (pg 22). Maybe if Percy was calmer, he could’ve thought about what Mr. Brunner truly meant, but no, he didn’t. It kind of ruined a positive relationship with Percy that way. There is advice about how to manage emotions, here is one I’ve used before, “ These types of strong feelings are all indicators that you might be close to flipping your lid, if you feel that start to happen, it’s a good idea to walk away, take some deep breaths, and look at an adult to talk to before you flip your lid.” This is from “Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions” I have tried taking deep breathes and it works, maybe Percy can try to communicate with Mr. Brunner to find out what he really means instead of what Percy thinks. Or he can take a walk and calm down but then also come back and communicate once he is calm. I believe that if Percy manages his emotions better and if he can stay calm, he can improve on almost everything, self-confidence, positive relationships, and attitudes towards things.
My original recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/cheeseburger-with-garlic-mayo-3629511
My new recipe: https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-grillable-veggie-burgers/
My challenge: Making my burger vegetarian
The photo of my ingredients:
The photo of my finished product:
My biggest take away from science would be learning about energy, it helped change and inform me about things I was mistaken about and what I didn’t know about.
If I were to rate myself on my report card I would say I would be Approaching for making models, Meeting for analyzing data, and Meeting for constructing scientific explanations.
I don’t really know what I want to do for science next semester.
This unit is about our experience in the coronavirus and things recorded and made in this time period according to our lives and feelings in the coronavirus. I organized my final project using Thinglink because the website allows you to organize different parts of the project, this website allows you to put links, screenshots, and recordings in it. I think this primary source would be useful to other people in the future because it records about how I feel about living in this circumstance, it also shows kind of what the circumstances of the world was like, from different pieces of the project. I am most proud of the final piece, the overall one in Thinglink because it shows all the work I have been doing these past few weeks. I found it challenging finding new interesting things to write inside my daily journal because it was the same experience almost every day and that nothing really changed.