Shea butter lip balm

lipbalm_smThis nourishing lip balm makes a great gift. Just find a pretty little tin – et voilà – a luscious lip balm for under R7, 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).

Although the recipe is cheap, the ingredients are expensive to buy once-off, especially the shea butter (buy here). However, all of the ingredients are very common in natural recipes, so you will definitely have lots left over to make a gift basket of natural goodies for everyone on the block.

If you can’t afford the shea butter, or any other ingredient, don’t fret your little socks off! You can simply use any nourishing oil that you can afford to concoct the simplest and most affordable lip balm for yourself (eg. olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil etc.). Unfortunately, the bees wax is a necessary cost. You need bees wax to harden the oil into a lip ‘balmy’ texture. And since I always have shea butter around (it has so many uses!), the recipe below is my personal favorite.

The method for making lip balm is only a fraction more complex than mixing, it just involves melting (in a double boiler) and then mixing. Easy enough? Give it a try and let me know how it turns out in the comments below.

Cost & shelf lifelip balm shopping list

Lasted me about: 3 months (using every morning & evening)

Estimated shelf life: 1 year

Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.

*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post. Costs based on the best available prices I’ve personally found.


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

Cherry on top

Shea butter has an SPF5, which is not much, but it’s a bonus. Plus, the cost price of this lip balm works out to be half, or even a third of the price of lip balm in stores.

Ingredient benefitsblog lipbalm3

  • 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).
  • Organic coconut oil: Retains moisture in the skin (buy here).

Not sure which brand to buy, and where to buy it? My shopping guide may help you.


5 Minute Lip Balm
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  1. 1 teaspoon Unrefined shea butter
  2. 1 teaspoon Sweet almond oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon Organic coconut oil
  4. 1/2 teaspoon Bees wax pastilles
  1. Makes 15ml (about three standard lip balm roll-up tubes).
  2. In a double boiler, melt the bees wax and shea butter first.
  3. Add the sweet almond and coconut oil.
  4. Mix until all ingredients are combined and transfer into your container/s immediately. 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.
  5. Allow to cool until it hardens completely.
How to make your own double boiler
  1. Make your own double boiler with a pot and a bowl, that's what I do. 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.
  1. 1) 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.
  2. 2) I personally choose a fragrance free lip balm, but you could add scent by adding 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils. I would suggest peppermint, 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!)
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Which oils do you prefer to use in your natural lip balm recipe? Please share in the comments below.

Here’s my recipe to make your own natural tinted lip balm.
Are you new to essential oils? Please read how to use them safely.