Vegan Lip Balm




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Introduction: Vegan Lip Balm

This quick and easy lip balm recipe with have you smiling in no time!

Create your own all natural, bee-free lip balms so that you will never need to be seen with less than kissably-soft, smooth lips.

(But if you're a beekeeper, or just a big fan of beeswax, it can easily be substituted in!)

Step 1: Materials

  • 1oz hard wax (candelilla, soy, etc)
  • 1 oz solid-at-room-temperature oil (coconut oil, avocado oil, mango butter, or shea butter)
  • .75 additional hard-at-room-temperature oil (cocoa butter, floral waxes, or palm oil)
  • 2 oz liquid oil (jojoba oil or olive oil) (not shown)
  • few drops of Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol)
  • Essential oils (optional, your choice) - maximum 8 drops for each lip balm


  • Microwave-safe cup or bowl with pour spout
  • Digital scale sensitive to at least .1 oz (a postage scale will usually work for this)
  • Stirring spoon
  • Funnel that will fit opening of tubes/canisters
  • Lip balm tubes/canisters

Step 2: Melt Wax

Measure your wax with your scale (not pictured).

Add wax to your microwave safe container and melt on high heat in 30 second bursts.
Stir between nukings and continue until the wax is completely liquified.

Step 3: Add Extras

Stir the mixture while you add all of your oils - I used coconut, jojoba, vitamin E and essential oils for a lovely scent!

If the wax starts to harden while you're still mixing in ingredients, just zap it in the microwave for another 30 seconds and stir!

Step 4: Dispense

This is the hardest part, I think, and if you have access to a pipette or a dropper, that would probably work out much better!

I used a funnel that fit exactly into my little tubes.

Pour the mixture slowly into your containers, tapping a bit to remove any trapped air.

If the resulting product cracks, it means you're pouring it while it's too hot - let it cool a bit and try again!

Step 5: Label and Share!

Come up with your own special label to let all your friends know this is something awesome that you made and couldn't wait to share with them!

(hopefully you'll come up with something cooler than I did)

This project is so quick and easy, I know you'll love getting all your friends involved!

Enjoy :D



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I am sorry to say but wax is not Vegan. I need a Vegan lip balm, not vegetarian...I am a Vegan so I know that NO wax is Vegan, none at all. Please give me a recipe withput any wax...Thanks

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PriyaC6, how is candelilla wax or soy wax "not vegan"? Is it something in the processing?

yes it is vegan, last time I checked plants are not meat.

I looked into this and from everything I read even about the processing Candelila wax IS vegan.

This is a pic of the plant that produces Candelilla Wax. As a vegan you should be able to consume plant products. If you cannot use plant waxes then the only other thing I can think of would be petroleum based products and who wants to use that icky stuff?


Candelilla wax and soy wax are both vegan actually.

the amount of popups on here is crazy! my popup blocker is working overtime its sad I like the info, just not worth it anymore.

Great instructible. How does the lack of beeswax make it "vegan"? Silly fad if you ask me.

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TO: Cryptonat:  "vegan" means that NO animals of ANY species; NO products of these animals and NO items made of such animals and their products are used or consumed in any way - even if their products are "naturally produced on their own"!   After all, how would YOU feel if something that your body produces is snatched away for direct consumtion and/or for profits???   It's not difficult to understand... 

As to honey and/or wax, please read this article where you can see clearly how honey and wax producers sacrifice those little souls for the so-called benefit to humans:     :o)       Adela

something my body produces- labor
snatched away- company making profits off said labor.
same thing...and i dont hear you vegans crying about that.

Some of us do cry about that :) We care about animals and people too.

Except you choose to give your labor, while animals confined in slaughterhouses for their milk, eggs, beeswax and honey don't get to choose. So no, it's not the same thing.

Using any animal byproduct is against vegan policy. The idea is that it's not good practice to take anything from animals, even if it's something they naturally produce on their own. Honey is a controversial topic between the vegan/non-vegan communities.

Hi, Palm oil ISN'T ECO-FRIENDLY! So please don't use it (or any products to do with palm trees). Palm trees are being cut down in rain forests for human consumption and benefit of land. Which is destroying many animals' habitat and endangering them such the orangutan. Plus giving poachers more routes and more access to these animals.

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You cant rule out all Palm oil, There is Palm oil that is certified sustainable.

will it work with normal lipstick tubes?

hi whats the difference beteen a vegan and a vegetarian?

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Vegan you have nothing to do with animals (no milk, eggs, honey, etc.
Vegetarian: just no meats

A vegetarian doesn't eat meat (such as pork, fish, or any other type of meat) or anything that an animal was killed to produce (such as gelatine, animal rennet, etc.). A vegan doesn't eat anything that comes from an animal (eg. meat, milk, honey, etc.).

This was a good starting point. For my preferences, this was way too soft/oily. Maybe it depends some on the specific ingredients that you choose. I used soy wax, mango butter, coco butter, and olive oil.

My second try was a smaller batch with 0.5 oz each of soy wax, mango butter, and coco butter (i.e., equal parts, by weight). This was much better but still a little soft, so I added another quarter ounce soy wax. The result (for me at least) was pretty good. It is fairly stiff/hard, but I like it to stay in place to protect my lips, so I'm happy with this. This batch made 12 tubes (0.15 oz each).

So, my advice is to start with very small amounts in case you want to start over or adjust to get the consistency you like. Also, I suggest mixing, pouring one tube, letting it cool thoroughly, and testing. You can reheat and pour the rest of the tubes once you get a recipe that you like. Finally, I suggest starting with no or very little oil.