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