Grapeseed and Liquid Shea Lip Balm

I’ve been enjoying the combination of Grapeseed Oil and Liquid Shea Oil in lotion, a soap, and in a scrub that I made last week.

What other things could I make with this combination of oils? Oh, I know! A lip balm!

I’ll have to add some beeswax as well as some brittle oils and hard oils to make lip balm work, but I’ll keep as many of the ingredients as I can. I’m intrigued by the idea of including a humectant (Glycerin) in a lip balm. I’ve never done that before.

Strawberry Swirl will be my flavor of choice.

Gather these supplies and join me in the workroom.

What You’ll Need


High Melt Point Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter, deodorized
Grapeseed Oil
Liquid Shea Oil
Castor Oil
Squalane Oil
Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil


Microwave-safe Container
Lip Balm Jars and Lids


20% Beeswax
20% High Melt Point Shea Butter
5% Lanolin
15% Cocoa Butter, deodorized
12% Grapeseed Oil
8% Liquid Shea Oil
12% Castor Oil
3% Glycerin
2% Squalane Oil
3% Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil

100-gram Test Batch

20 grams Beeswax
20 grams High Melt Point Shea Butter
5 grams Lanolin
15 grams Cocoa Butter, deodorized
12 grams Grapeseed Oil
8 grams Liquid Shea Oil
12 grams Castor Oil
3 grams Glycerin
2 grams Squalane Oil
3 grams Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil


Weigh all ingredients but Glycerin, Squalane Oil, and flavor into a microwave-safe container. Heat in short time bursts, stirring after each heating, until all ingredients have melted. The beeswax will be the last to melt; stirring will help it melt.

Once ingredients are fully melted, add Glycerin, Squalane Oil, and Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil. Stir well to combine.

Pour melted lip balm into jars and allow to cool completely before labeling, capping, and enjoying.

Ingredients weighed and ready to melt.

Lip balm poured and cooling.


I’ve never used Glycerin in a lip balm before, but I figured a humectant can’t hurt.

Using Grapeseed Oil in a lip balm gave me pause. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but I figured I’d give it a chance. It’s not a huge percentage of the total oils, and it did just fine. The only complaint I have about this lip balm is that the flavor needed to be bumped up. I’d recommend going to 4% on the flavor oil, removing the 1% from one of the other liquid oils.

Have you ever used an ingredient you were not certain would work well? What were your results?

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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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