Simple Shea Butter Lip Balm

As the weather is changing, I have find my lips are trying to dry out and chap. The recent series, Starting with an Empty Cupboard, inspired me to make a lip balm and KISS (Keep it simple, Sue). I decided to go look at my newly filled cupboard and find some ingredients to make a simple, yet indulgent lip balm. Let’s see what fun ingredients I found!

Filtered Beeswax: I’ve been excitedly waiting for a chance to play with this new item. The filtered beeswax can contribute a yellow color to a lip balm. I would agree that this will contribute a light yellow color if used in combination with oils that are light in color.

Castor Oil: As I wanted a lip balm that could handle long segments of time between applications, Castor Oil was a perfect addition to the ingredients list.

Peach Kernel Oil: I can’t help myself! Peach Kernel Oil is my new favorite oil because it is feels nice and it just sounds luxurious. (To my ears anyway!)

Deodorized Cocoa Butter: I didn’t want to have a chocolate scent to the lip balm, so the best way around that is to use Deodorized Cocoa Butter.

Refined Shea Butter: I wanted to use Shea Butter as this gives lip balms a creamy texture that glides on easily.

I flavored this lip balm with Natural Vanilla Oil and sweetened it with our Sugar Baby Flavor Oil. When I labeled these lip balms, I called it “Vanilla Cupcake Lip Balm”. Let’s go make some now!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Filtered Beeswax
Castor Oil
Peach Kernel Oil
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Refined Shea Butter
Natural Vanilla Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes
Lip Balm Tubes

Recipe: (Makes 100 grams or 3.53 ounces and filled 22 Black Lip Balm Tubes)

Recipe in ounces:
0.71 ounces Filtered Beeswax
0.35 ounces Castor Oil
0.88 ounces Peach Kernel Oil
0.53 ounces Deodorized Cocoa Butter
0.88 ounces Shea Butter
0.07 ounces Natural Vanilla Oil
0.10 ounces Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in grams:
20 grams Filtered Beeswax
10 grams Castor Oil
25 grams Peach Kernel Oil
15 grams Deodorized Cocoa Butter
25 grams Shea Butter
2 grams Natural Vanilla Oil
3 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
20% Filtered Beeswax
10% Castor Oil
25% Peach Kernel Oil
15% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
25% Shea Butter
2% Natural Vanilla Oil
3% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil

Completely filled lip balm tubes.

Weighing the ingredients.

Completely melted oils and wax.

Empty tubes to be filled.

Weigh all ingredients except the Natural Vanilla Oil 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 flavors . Stir until all of the flavor has been incorporated. Fill tubes or jars. Cool. Label.

Texture Notes: Those who I begged to test and review this lip balm told me that it was nice and creamy while tasting delicious! One of my knitting friends who got a tube told me that her husband swapped his tube of generic lip balm with her tube. After asking where her lip balm had gone, she was told, “The texture is much better and it feels nice on my chapped lips.” Needless to say, she didn’t get her lip balm back.

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24 Comments

  • Carmen says:

    Awesome! Thanks so much for this recipe! Going to try it for Christmas gifts. I think I will add Peppermint essential oil to the mix. :)

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  • Neal says:

    Never thought of using shea butter in lip balms! Great recipe!

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  • Janel Franks says:

    Looks like a great recipe and perfect little stocking stuffer!

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  • Karen Harvey says:

    Looks good. Love shea butter.

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  • peggy says:

    Do you have this available as a kit?

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  • Julie says:

    I really enjoy making lip balms, thanks for the yummy new recipe!

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  • Wanda says:

    My next project is to learn to make lip balms etc. my 15 year granddaughter ask me the other day if I could make her some lip gloss she had run out. Silly girl thinks her Mimi can do everything.

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  • Wanda says:

    Malorie is excited to get started on learning the lip balm recipes. I have her interested in soap making, she and I made a batch 3 weeks ago and when I can figure out how to load the picture of it, I will. It’s beautiful she did some soap art on top of the soap instead of a swirl thru out the soap. I think you’ll be impressed.

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    • Andee says:

      Wanda,
      We love seeing pictures of soaps! You can always send the picture via e-mail to blog@thesage.com. Many of our customers will also share pictures that are hosted on Facebook, Photobucket or other photo hosting sites.
      Good luck!

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  • Wanda says:

    Thanks I feel luckier now than I have in years, my soaps are ready to be cut and posted. The soaps I’ve seen so far posted here are beautiful and I say “stay soapy” that’s the best way to be.

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  • Julie says:

    I am planning on making some lip balms to send with my son to the Middle East. I also will most likely ship some over during his stay. Do you have any hints regarding product formulation and potential shipping hazards? I would imagine I should use high melt point shea. Should I sub candelilla wax for beeswax? Thanks to all who respond!

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    • Andee says:

      Julie,
      I would simply change this recipe to use the High Melt Point Shea Butter and that would be the only change I would make. I have sent various lip balms to soldiers in the Middle East and they are well appreciated! The only other precaution that I followed was to put the lip balms and any other liquids in zippered bags to help protect against leakage. I haven’t had anything leak in the past!

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    • LuAnn says:

      Julie
      If you are shipping while it’s hot over there, I really would use at least half candelilla wax, if not more. I always use high melt point shea in lip balm, but I still had some melt when I sent it to my niece in South Carolina in the summer! Next batch I ditched the beeswax, used the candelilla, and it turned out great! Just my opinion!! :)

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      • Andee says:

        Great ideas! While Candelillia Wax is not necessary, you can try it as a portion of the recipe. This formula is pocket stable with Regular Shea Butter and using HMP Shea Butter instead will increase the melting point of the lip balm without making it feel waxy or having to reformulate completely.

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        • Julie says:

          Thank you for your feedback! What do you think about using the Vegan Lip Solutions?

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          • Andee says:

            Julie,
            After asking our Technical Support Team, I was told that the most common Lip Solutions we recommend for sending to the Middle East is the Soy Lip Solutions. We recommend adding 1/2 to 1 ounce of beeswax per jar to help the lip balm handle the hotter temperatures. The lip balm should feel almost too hard for you here in the States. You can always make a batch with 1/2 of extra beeswax and send it off for testing. By the time summer has reached, you should be ready for another batch and know if you need to add more beeswax or not.
            I hope this helps!

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  • I just got my sample and I *really* like it! It’s incredibly creamy! It’s funny though, I noticed that although there are 10 grams of castor in this recipe it’s very matte (I like matte lip balm!). But if I ever wanted to make it glossy, what should I do?

    Cheyenne

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  • Erin says:

    Got a sample today. I must say I worry about sweet flavors, but this was the right amount not overpowering. Feels awesome, may have to try my hand at some.

    Erin

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  • Cristina says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much for this recipe. I want to do this for the very first time! But can I change Peach kernel oil (not found in my town now) with maybe Jojoba oil or Grape seed oil, Argan oil??? Thank you.

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