A Lip balm recipe is one of those skincare essentials that really make the difference. I’ve made lip balm before, but unfortunately for anyone who can’t use animal products it has beeswax.
So today I’m sharing my recipe without beeswax. If you’re not vegan or can otherwise use beeswax, go a take a look at the page I just linked to. It’s the best lip balm I’ve ever used!
So the vegan movement is HUGE nowadays. So many people are discarding a life of animal products for a healthier plant-based lifestyle. If you aren’t vegan yourself, I’m sure you probably know someone that is. I know I do! My vegan gals are always asking for vegan alternatives to things, and vegan lip balm recipes are no exception.
You’re sure to find many skin care products that are vegan-friendly at your local drug store, but my vegan pals aren’t big fans. From what I gather, none of them can compete with the gorgeousness that is beeswax based products. But, of course, beeswax isn’t vegan! So I set out to make a lip balm that is just as good, or maybe even better. Spoiler… I think I did it!
This Lip Balm Will Care For Your Lips All Year Round
The lack of beeswax is compensated by a selection of wonderful carrier oils, a well-chosen cosmetic butter, a dash of vitamin E oil and a few drops of beautiful peppermint essential oil as well. Honestly, it’s just as good as my beeswax lip balm, and if you’re vegan (or know someone that is) I definitely recommend you give this a try.
If you read my last post about lip balm and chapstick you’ll know how versatile they are! Not only are they great for lips, but also any area of irritated, dry or chapped skin. If I graze my skin, I’ll use some balm on it. It’ll speed healing and stop dirt or anything getting in. Lip balm isn’t just for the lips anymore!
So let’s take a look at our animal-friendly ingredients!
- 15g Almond Oil
- 5g Castor Oil
- 5g Tamanu Oil
- 5g Candelilla Wax
- 10g Mango Butter
- 1g Vitamin E
- 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- Lip Balm Tubes, Tins or Jars
Notes On The Ingredients
- So the candelilla wax is our substitute for beeswax. While beeswax is probably a superior product, candelilla is an excellent replacement for our vegan friends. It can be used in many DIY skin care products and has a similar price tag as beeswax. It’s also a great choice for anyone who is allergic to bee by-products.
- Our selection of carrier oils are all chosen to enrich our skin with vitamin and minerals, as well as many skin softening properties. Almond oil is great for all skin types and nourishes, rejuvenates and soothes irritated skin. It’s readily available and relatively inexpensive.
- Tamanu oil, however, is a bit pricier, but boy is it worth it! Its anti-inflammatory properties are wondrous, and will also speed the healing of scar tissue, stretch marks but also small cuts, grazes and… you guessed it, chapped skin!
- You might have used castor oil on your hair, as it’s a wonderful oil treatment to help hair grow stronger and longer. However, did you know it works as a great protective barrier for our skin? Castor oil is used here to apply a layer to our lips and skin, keeping it protected from the elements as castor oil doesn’t fully absorb into the skin. Definitely a good oil to use in your lip balm recipe.
- Mango butter is one of the most versatile diy skincare ingredients on the market. It’s packed with nutrient-rich fatty acids and oils that will help condition your skin, leaving it feeling nourished but also healthy. It’s also super light and not greasy at all, which is great for a recipe that has something heavy like castor oil in it.
- We all know the amazing benefits of vitamin E. This wonder oil will speed up the healing process and make our homemade chapstick a super strong, fast acting skin warrior! This, combined with the powerful benefits of peppermint essential oil, give this chap that extra punch it needs to chase away dry skin.
- Peppermint essential oil is a great EO for calming and softening skin. Like tamanu oil, it has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. Lets also not forget its antiseptic and antimicrobial benefits, helping to keep your chapped, dry skin free from nasty infections!
Step 1: Weigh out and combine all of your ingredients (minus the essential oil) into a heat proof beaker or jug. Pyrex works quite well.
Step 2: Set up a makeshift water bath. You can do this by filling a pan with a couple of inches of water (pre-boiled with a kettle for efficiency) and then bring to a boil. Then, turn down the heat so that it is just simmering.
Then you can pop your jug with all our lovely ingredients into the water. Leave to melt for 15-20 minutes. It may help to give the mixture a stir every now and then, but not too often or you’ll lose some of your mixture on the spoon.
Step 3: Once your wax and hard butter have completely melted, remove from the water bath and place to one side to cool for 5 minutes. Take care not to burn yourself, as the glass will be very hot.
Step 4: Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add your 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and give it a good mix.
Step 5: Taking care not spill, fill your lip balm tubes with the mixture, leaving a couple of centimeters from the top.
Let your lip balm mixture cool in the tubes for about an hour before using, otherwise, it’ll be much too soft.
You can make use of small balm pots rather than tubes if you prefer, although chapstick tubes are inexpensive, readily available here and lend a more professional touch to the finished product.
That’s all I have time for today, my friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post today, and it inspires you to give this and other lip balm recipes a try. I don’t have a massive amount of posts about vegan recipes, and considering how many vegans I know this has to change.
If you know anyone that’s vegan, this could be such a lovely treat for them, or as an extra birthday gift to go along with some other vegan skin care products. If you’re ever at a loss for what you gift, a hamper of homemade things is always my go to, tailored to whoever you’re gifting.
Other Lip Balm Recipes
A while back I researched several other lip balm recipes with beeswax, quite a few of them didn’t work out too well, but some did, and these were much better than store-bought varieties.
These recipes are not only soothing and nourishing but are also very easy and economical to make. And best of all they only contain 100% pure ingredients. I’ve written a whole post on the best lip balm recipe with beeswax, so I highly recommend you have a go at making that as well.
Your turn… What recipes for lip balm do you use?
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