Making Vegan Lip Balm Is Fun And Easy!

Make your own lip balm vegan

Tools & Ingredients: 

    • 3 x tablespoons of liquid vegetable oil. Your choice! eg:  olive, coconut sunflower or sweet almond oil
    • 2 x teaspoons vegetable butter. Your choice!  eg. shea, mango  or refined cocoa butter
    • Half a tablespoon of candelilla wax - this wax is a plant derived vegan wax with moisturising, emollient and anti-inflammatory properties. Made from the South American candelila shrub. Because it is high in fatty acids and resin, it is an ideal replacement for bees wax. Because candelila wax is harder than beeswax, we add only half as much. Alternatives for candelila wax are rice bran wax, carnauba wax, soy wax or sunflower wax.
    • 5-10 drops lip-safe flavour oil or lip safe essential oil eg. peppermint / coffee
    • Sweeten your balm with a few drops of stevia if you like.
    • Half a teaspoon lip-safe micas or colourants if you choose. No food colouring though.
    • Lip Balm pots or tubes.
    • Heat proof glass jug for melting eg. Pyrex.
    • Mixing spoon.
    • Digital scale.
    • Double boiler or microwave.

This recipe is essentially : Half part candelila wax, 2 parts butter and 3 parts oil. You might like to experiment with these quantities if you prefer an shinier balm.



Step 1:

Melt Oil And Wax

  • Measure your chosen oil and then candelila wax on a digital scale in a heat proof glass jug. g: Pyrex.
  • Melt it on high in the microwave for approximately 2 minutes depending on your microwave. The wax needs to fully melt.  Alternatively use a double boiler set up for more control. You could simply pop an aluminium bowl in hot water.


Step 2:

Add The Butter

  • Add the butter to your melted wax and warm oil eg: shea butter, cocoa butter, mango batter. The butter should melt fully in the oil. 
  • Mix well.


Step 3:

Add Flavour Oil

  • Add lip safe flavour oil or lip safe essential oil to the fully melted  eg.peppermint/ spearmint/lavender. Do not use citrus essential oils as they can make your lips photosensitive.
  • Add colour if you like.
  • Mix well.

lip balm colour

Step 4:


Pour the liquid lip balm mix into your open lip balm tubes / pots and leave the balm to harden fully before putting the lids on to avoid condensation. If the mix is not liquid, heat it again before pouring.

 DIY vegan lip balm



You should be able to use your lip balm within 2 hours.

Candelila wax can take up to 3 days to harden so your lip balm may become harder with time. You can also pop it in the fridge to speed up the hardening process.

Shelf life is approximately one year - before the oils and butters go rancid. This lip balm does not need to be kept refrigerated.