Touching things once is best. Counting things is a big waste of time as well. Can you cut down on the number of times you count something?
-do you need to count out empty lip balm tubes for each batch, or can you fill enough to empty your batch and count the tubes as you label them?
-if you're making multiple items, can you count them all once at the very end, instead of as you make them?
-do you have a standard size tray or bin size that fits a set number of items? If your tray fits 100 pieces, then you can count full trays in hundreds and save time on individual items.