Valentine’s for Him – Lip Balm

Ahh! Valentines is just around the corner! I thought it would be great to do a week on possible gifts you can give the special man in your life for Valentines Day.

Now ladies, let’s all just admit it. We all like his lips to be soft and kissable. Rough lips just do not work. I have found that most men prefer a more firm lip balm. No problem. No more chapped lips from his time outside!

Collect needed items:

Soy Butter
Castor Oil
Shea Butter, Unrefined
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Lemon Essential Oil, Argentina
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the White Lip Balm Tubes and White Lip Balm Tube Caps.)


Recipe in ounces for 50 tubes
2.82 ounces Soy Butter
2.42 ounces Beeswax
2.82 ounces Castor Oil
0.50 ounces Lanolin
1.51 ounces Shea Butter, Unrefined
0.15 ounces Lemon Essential Oil, Argentina
0.15 ounces Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in grams for 50 tubes
79.8 grams Soy Butter
68.4 grams Beeswax
79.8 grams Castor Oil
14.3 grams Lanolin
42.8 grams Shea Butter, Unrefined
4.25 grams Lemon Essential Oil, Argentina
4.25 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
28% Soy Butter
24% Beeswax
28% Castor Oil
5% Lanolin
15% Shea Butter, Unrefined
To be added after:
1.5% Lemon Essential Oil, Argentina
1.5% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil

Weigh all ingredients except the Lemon Essential Oil, USA and Sugar Baby Flavor Oil into your microwave safe container. Microwave in short bursts until all ingredients are melted. The beeswax will take the most time to melt, but if you stir the lip balm after the other oils have been heated, it will melt quickly. Once the mixture is melted, add the Lemon Essential Oil and Sugar Baby Flavor Oil. Stir until all of the flavor has been incorporated. Fill tubes or jars. Allow the lip balm to cool. Label. Enjoy!


Finished Lip Balm
Weighing Oils
Weighing Flavors
Melting Oils
Adding Flavors to Lip Balm
Ready to pour into Lip Balm Tray

Pouring Lip Balm Mixture
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15 thoughts on “Valentine’s for Him – Lip Balm”

  1. I am going to try this one but am going to add a little honey flavor and see if the flavor is agreeable to my husband!!

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  2. To make this lip balm more manly, you can use the black lip balm tubes and caps available on! Even cooler – the black tubes and caps are made from recycled plastic so its more earth friendly!

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  3. We are going to try this lip balm recipe. It is exciting to have a full week of ideas to make for the men in our lives. Thanks.

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  4. This sounds like a great recipe, and I like bluebeaker’s idea of using recycled plastic lip balm tubes/caps for the containers. I’ve noticed that my “men” like lip balm jars better than tubes for some reason.


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  5. I am looking forward to trying lip balms soon. I have enjoyed reading through all of your recipes and look forward to trying some of them. I’ve noticed that you often use lanolin. Could you recommend a good substitute for lanolin in your recipes?

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  6. Lisa,

    There isn’t an equal to lanolin but you can use mixtures
    of castor oil and soy bean oil. Is there a reason you
    don’t want to use lanolin?


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  7. Taylor,

    Thank you for your reply. I know many people love lanolin for its moisturizing properties and I would have no problem using it for others should they request it, but honestly I can’t get past where it comes from. It is just icky to me.

    I read somewhere that rice bran oil can be an effective substitute for lanolin. Would you consider this to be true?


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  8. I love unrefined shea in my lip balms, but it always fractionates! Until my high melt point shea arrives from you guys, what can I use instead on shea butter from the following list?
    – avocado butter
    – macadamia butter
    – olive butter
    – apricot butter
    – mango butter (refined)

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  9. Lisa,

    I sent your question to Tina so you would get the best response possible. Here are her comments.


    HAHA! That is really cute. I guess since we spin wool and have to wash it and remove that protective coating from the wool it doesn’t bother me. I can understand your point though.

    Lanolin has a stickiness to it that just isn’t found elsewhere. Lanolin is like the best of avocado oil with the long lasting power of Vaseline yet it isn’t a petroleum product. Lanolin has a low saponification value like beeswax and jojoba oil. Maybe jojoba is the best replacement. Jojoba glaze or gelly may be the best yet.


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  10. Simona,

    Avocado, macadamia, olive and mango butters can all fractionate. I am not familiar with apricot butter.

    Send your recipe to and let them know you are having issues with fractionation. They will help you reformulate to get a good mixture. Send the complete recipe so they can see what is happening. Don’t worry about them sharing your stuff, they won’t. This is something they do every day.


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  11. Dear Taylor,

    I am not at all concerned about sharing the recipe , no :-) I have to look through my notes and send you guys an eMail :-)

    My biggest dream for the moment is to be able to use the Acai and Bluebetty butters from you for lip balms, and they both have shea butter in them :)

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  12. This is just perfect – I do not find that recipe written anywhere :-(( I guess I just threw it all away after spotting the graininess :)

    For the moment I am pleased with a hemp lip balm – this one is made with candelilla wax, avocado butter, hemp extravirgin oil and refined mango butter. No graininess so far :)

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