Lip Balm

This nourishing lip balm makes a great gift. Just find a pretty little tin – et voilà – a luscious lip balm for under R10, and ready in just under 5 minutes. If you’d like to spice it up a notch, you can make a tinted lip balm, which is just as simple (find recipe here). The method for making lip balm is only a fraction more complex than mixing, it just involves melting and then mixing. Easy enough? Give it a try and let me know how it turns out in the comments below.

Shea butter lip balm

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Skin Care

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A quick 10-minute lip balm recipe that nourishes, protects and treats chapped lips.



  1. Makes 15ml (about three standard lip balm roll-up tubes).
  2. In a double boiler, melt the bees wax and shea butter first. If you have solid bees wax chunks (instead of pellets), grate the bees wax so that it melts quicker.
  3. Add the sweet almond oil.
  4. If you want to flavour your lip balm, add 2 drops of an essential oil that you think would taste nice. I personally recommend peppermint or vanilla. This step is optional.
  5. Mix until all ingredients are combined and transfer into your container/s immediately.
  6. The mixture will harden as it cools. If the mixture starts to harden before you get the chance, reheat the mixture until it melts again. Be careful not to overheat the ingredients, in order to preserve the beneficial nutrients. You just want the ingredients to melt, not boil.
  7. Allow to cool completely before using (+/- 15 minutes).


1.) How to make your own double boiler: You need a pot and a heat proof bowl, or two pots. Fill a pot about half way with water. Once the water has come to a boil, place your heat-proof bowl on top of the pot of water. Leave the stove on a low heat. Place your ingredients in the suspended bowl, and wait for the ingredients to melt. It's that simple. It's the same concept as melting chocolate.

2.) If you are making this lip balm just for your personal use, why not reuse one of your old lip balm containers, rather than buying new ones? It's cheaper, and better for the environment.

3.) I prefer a fragrance free lip balm, but you could add scent by adding 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oils. I would suggest peppermint, vanilla, grapefruit or orange essential oils, as they smell and taste fantastic (not that you will be eating your lip balm, but you never know who might surprise you with a kiss!)

natural diy vegan lip balm

Recipe Variations & Substitutions

You can simply substitute the shea butter or sweet almond oil for any nourishing oil (eg. olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil etc.). However, you need wax to harden the oil into a ‘balmy’ texture. If you are vegan, you may substitute the bees wax for soy wax or carnauba wax.

My general rule of thumb for any lip balm recipe is to use equal parts of a butter, wax and oil. So you can simply combine one part of any butter (eg. shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter etc.), with one part of any wax (eg. bees wax, carnauba wax, soy wax etc.) and one part of any liquid carrier oil (eg. olive, sunflower, grapeseed, sweet almond etc.). Therefore, the recipe is 1 part butter: 1 part wax: 1 part oil. That should simplify things for you in terms of what you can substitute. So the recipe I’ve shared above is just my personal favourite combination of butters, waxes and oils.

Cost & Shelf Life

Cost price: R6.76 for 15ml (that’s equivalent to 3 standard lip balm tubes).
Lasted me about:
3 months using every morning & evening.
Estimated shelf life: 1 year if stored away from direct sunlight and moisture.

*Costs accurate at time of writing, and based on the best retail prices I’ve found.


Shea butter is expensive, but so worth it. There’s so much you can make with it.

Cherry on top

The cost price of this lip balm works out to be a tenth of the average price of lip balm in stores (Eg. Labello goes for about R28 for 5ml, whereas this recipe costs about R3 for 5ml). Plus, Shea butter has an SPF5, which is not much, but it’s a bonus.

Ingredient benefits

  • Unrefined organic shea butter:  UV protection (SPF 5), provides essential fatty acids and nutrients required for collagen production. Softens skin and reduces wrinkles (buy here).
  • Bees wax: UV protection, moisturises and retains moisture in skin for longer by forming a protective barrier on the skin. (buy here)
  • Sweet almond oil: Moisturises and nourishes cracked lips, and vitamin E content is anti-ageing and treats sun damage (buy here).

Not sure which brand to buy, and where to buy it? My shopping guide may help you. Are you new to essential oils? Please read how to use them safely.

Which oils do you prefer to use in your natural lip balm recipe? Please share in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Lip Balm”

    • Thank you Deborah. I’m happy you like my site =) Good luck with your lip balm. Although, it’s so simple you really don’t need any luck. Let me know how it goes. Quick question, if you don’t mind me asking, where did you order your beeswax?

    • Hi Janet. Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you enjoy my blog 🙂 To answer your question, no, the beeswax doesn’t have to be unrefined. This is just a preference, since unrefined is a more natural form. Refined beeswax will still work in all recipes. All the best with this recipe! Regards, Christina.


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