So lately I’ve been a little bit addicted to Humblebee & Me and it’s inspired me to start making my own cosmetics! If you haven’t already checked out Humblebee & Me, it’s an amazing blog with plenty of DIY recipes for makeup, soap, toiletries and more. I needed a lip balm in the week after Christmas as the cold was cracking my poor lips something wicked, so I decided to whip something up myself and this is what I came up with!
I could hardly find any vegan lip balm recipes online, so armed with the knowledge that vegan waxes like candelilla and carnauba tend to create firmer products than beeswax when used in the same amounts, I started to experiment and eventually managed to create a recipe I absolutely fell in love with.
I used shea butter because of its moisturising qualities, although next time I think I’ll use cocoa butter to create a lovely mint chocolate scent. I also used both spearmint and peppermint essential oils and I found them to work brilliantly together; peppermint to cause a lovely tingle on application, and spearmint to make the balm taste like delicious Polo mints.
The candelilla wax helps to firm the whole thing up, and I used a mix of jojoba and castor oils as a base. Castor oil is super slippery and glides on application, so if you’d like a bit less slide with your balm and more staying power, I’d go for a 3:1 ratio of jojoba to castor, rather than the 1:1 ratio I used. I don’t mind trading staying power for slip though, I can always reapply frequently and make more when I run out – it tastes so good, I don’t mind frequent reapplication!
I bought all of my ingredients from Akoma Skincare and I can highly recommend their good service and high quality of products. Links are provided in the ingredients list. I bought my lip balm tubes on Amazon from a seller located in China so they took a while to arrive, but you can find similar on eBay with quicker shipping times. My scales are Smart Weigh from Amazon and they are not only awesome, but at £6.99 they’re an absolute steal as well.
Double Mint & Shea Butter Lip Balm
4g Castor Oil
4g Shea Butter
2.5g Candelilla Wax
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops Spearmint Essential Oil
Step 1: Weigh the jojoba oil, castor oil, shea butter and candelilla wax in a small, heatproof glass jug (I use this beaker from Baldwins) and place the jug in a pan of boiling water.
Step 2: Allow the wax and butter to melt, stirring gently with a spoon. The candelilla wax has a high melting point, so don’t worry if it seems to be taking a while.
Step 3: When the wax has melted, carefully remove the jug from the water and allow to cool slightly (not solidify!) before adding the essential oils.
Step 4: Pour the balm into four lip balm tubes and put in the fridge for an hour to solidify. The fridge is not 100% necessary, but if shea butter is cooled rapidly it is less likely to go grainy over time.
Step 5: Enjoy your lovely new lip balm with no chemical nasties!