A simple homemade 3 ingredient vegan lip balm you can make with ingredients you already have on hand.
Lip balm is something I like to have loads of—some at home, some in my bag, and some in my other 12 bags (you know how it goes). While there are many varieties of lip balms and sticks on the market, I find a lot of them to be costly and, well, they all come in those small plastic tubes which seems a little wasteful.
Instead of spending money on something I'm likely to misplace, I make my own version with a few simple and natural ingredients I often have kicking around the house. This balm is super versatile and can be used on dry skin in a pinch, or as I sometimes do, an eyebrow tamer. Just be sure not to store this balm in a hot car as it will melt easily.
- carnauba wax
- carrier oil or herb infused olive oil
- cocoa butter
- measuring spoon
- double boiler made with a pot and heatproof bowl
- small sterilized tins or containers
Begin by heating a double boiler on the stove over medium heat. Add the wax, cocoa butter, and the oil. Let it melt.
Once all the wax is melted remove the mixture from the heat. You can add some essential oil or mica at this time if desired.
Carefully spoon your mixture into sterilized jars. Fill to them to the top, then let sit to set.
Tips + Notes
How to Add Tint + Glitter
I like to keep my vegan lip balm plain, but you can use natural dyes to add a little colour or mica for some eco friendly sparkle. If you choose to go the sparkle route, do some research tho to ensure your mica is as conflict free as possible.
As for adding tints, you can add a little beetroot powder, natural food dyes, or even some tail ends of old lip sticks into your mix prior to melting.
How to Add Scents with Essential Oils
I like a super simple unscented vegan lip balm, but for those that like a sent you can add a few drops of high quality essential oils. Food grade oils are best as they are going so close to your mouth!
- Peppermint or spearmint—fresh and minty with a slight cooling effect
- Sweet orange—unlike orange oil which can be phototoxic, sweet orange oil is gentle and subtle and has major Lip Smackers vibes
- Vanilla oleoresin—a warming sent that isn't too overpowering
- Clove—slightly plumping, so just use a tiny amount
- Anise—love the warming notes and spices of this one
- Lavender—perfect to calm your anxieties
- Olive Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Jojoba Oil
You can opt to use any of these oils in your lip balm. I personally love to use coconut or jojoba oil as they are easily accessible and ones I have on hand. Alternatively, you can choose to use a herbal infused oil—calendula is my go to—for some adding healing benefits.
Where to Lip Balm Containers
You don't have to get fancy containers, even an old mint tin or old lip balm container will work. But if you want to buy containers, these are great options.
- Paper tubes are a great bio-degradable option
- small tins are great as the can be reused and make great gifts
- then there are the classic plastic tubes, which can also be reused
Other Homemade Body Products
- How to make herbal oils
- 4 ingredient epsom salt mix
- 3 ingredient homemade toothpaste
- Easy 3 ingredient rosewater face toner
- 1 Tbsp. grated carnauba wax
- 1 Tbsp. grated cocoa butter
- 1 Tbsp. carrier oil (olive oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, help oil, or jojoba oil) or infused herb oil.
- Heat a double boiler on the stove. Add the wax, cocoa butter, and the oil. Melt over medium heat.
- Once all the wax is melted remove the mixture from the heat. You can add some essential oil or mica at this time if desired.
- Carefully spoon your mixture into sterilized jars. Fill to them to the top, then let sit to set.