Sunflower Lecithin & Honey Lip Balm 4

When the seasons are changing and winter is in the air, your lips need extra moisturizing care. Say hello to Sunflower Lecithin! This fabulous ingredient acts as an emollient and helps bind water to the skin. It’s a great way to hold moisture on your lips.

Let’s go to the workroom and mix up a batch of Sunflower Lecithin & Honey Lip Balm to give our lips some special pampering.



20% Beeswax, Light
25% High Melt Point Shea Butter
15% Palm Kernel Oil
10% Castor Oil
10% Oat Oil
14% Apricot Kernel Oil
3% Sunflower Lecithin
3% Honey Flavor Oil


Microwave-safe container
Transfer Pipettes
Lip Balm Tubes and Caps

50-gram Test Batch

10 grams Beeswax, Light
12.5 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
7.5 grams Palm Kernel Oil
5 grams Castor Oil
5 grams Oat Oil
7 grams Apricot Kernel Oil
1.5 grams Sunflower Lecithin
1.5 grams Honey Flavor Oil

6-ounce Batch

1.2 ounces Beeswax, Light
1.5 ounces High Melt Point Shea Butter
0.9 ounce Palm Kernel Oil
0.6 ounce Castor Oil
0.6 ounce Oat Oil
0.84 ounce Apricot Kernel Oil
0.18 ounce Sunflower Lecithin
0.18 ounce Honey Flavor Oil


Weigh all ingredients except Sunflower Lecithin and Honey Flavor Oil in a microwave-safe container or double boiler. Heat gently until all ingredients are melted completely. Stir well.

Ingredients weighed prior to melting.

After melting ingredients and adding Sunflower Lecithin and flavor.

Add Sunflower Lecithin and Honey Flavor Oil. Stir well again, then use a pipette to put the liquid lip balm into lip balm tubes. Make sure you have a rounded top, as the lip balm will shrink as it hardens.

Once lip balm is cooled completely, place lids on the tubes, label, and enjoy!

Filling lip balm tube with a pipette.

Filled lip balm tubes.


I was not sure what to think about using Sunflower Lecithin in a lip balm. It’s smell is a bit earthy. Fortunately, Honey Flavor Oil is a perfect complement. The finished lip balm smells and tastes like honey, so no worries!

The 50-gram test batch filled 11 of our regular lip balm tubes.

When I tried a bit of the balm on my chapped lips, I was impressed at how readily it absorbed. It made the dry, chapped portions feel moisturized without being overly waxy. I’ll call it a definite win!

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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4 thoughts on “Sunflower Lecithin & Honey Lip Balm

  • Juanita

    I am confused as to why this formula needs the lecithin; what is in it that needs to be emulsified or is the lecithin in this lip balm formula for another reason?

    Since this formula does have the lecithin; can real honey be added and if so at what percentage?

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    • Denise Post author

      Hi Juanita. The sunflower lecithin is used as an emollient in this formula, not as an emulsifier. Hope this helps!

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  • Gloria Gibson

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing! I’m trying to create something similar but I’m new to formulating and was unsure about including lecithin. Can I just double check that including lecithin won’t mean I have to include a preservative? Just wondering how long the balm might last without one. Many thanks

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    • Denise Post author

      Hi Gloria! You don’t need a preservative in lip balm because there is no water in it. Hope this helps! Denise

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