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Monday, January 30, 2012

Vegan Lip Balm

I often suffer from dry, cracked lips. Unfortunately, all of the lip balms I found in the stores contain lanolin, beeswax, or both. I went online to see if there were any vegan lip balms available. I found some, but they are about $5 for ONE tube. Also, there's the fact that I live in Florida where it's often 80 degrees in Jan. If it had to stay all day in the mailbox, it would be reduced to a puddle! Thankfully, I found a recipe for lip balm online. I was also able to order empty lip balm tubes on Etsy. They arrived today, so I decided to make my first batch tonight. After some tweaking (the recipe makes 15 tubes, while I made less than 10) and some mess, I finally have 8 tubes of cruelty free lip balm. I made 6 of them plain, and used candy flavoring to make two cherry flavored tubes. It feels great to know for a fact that my lip balm is free of animal testing/ingredients, weird chemicals, and slave labor. The balm feels great and makes my lips very soft. The recipe I used is below. You have a choice of different oils. The ones I used in my balms are in bold.
You'll need:

  • 1 oz hard wax (soy wax works well)

  • 1 oz solid-at-room-temperature oil (coconut oil, avocado oil, mango butter, or shea butter)

  • .75 - .8 oz another additional hard-at-room-temperature oil (cocoa butter, floral waxes, or palm oil/vegetable shortening)

  • 2 oz liquid oil (jojoba oil or olive oil)

  • 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

  • Dropper (I didn't have a dropper, so I bought a $2 flavor injector syringe which worked very well)

  • Lip balm tubes/jars/tins (up to 15)

    1. Place your microwave-safe cup on the scale and turn it on. Measure your oils and waxes into the cup.
    2. Place it in the microwave and heat in 30-second increments until almost completely melted; remove and stir to finish melting.
    3. Add 8 drops of essential oils for each lip balm (use any combination of essential oils listed below, just make it a maximum of 8 drops per balm).
    4. Stir the oil in very thoroughly to prevent separation, then use the dropper to dispense the balm into the containers.
    Allow the balm to completely cool and harden before applying a cap. This recipe makes about 5 ounces of lip balm, enough for about 15 lip balms in a typical 1/3 ounce container.
    I bought lip balm containers like this in black. You can get 10 of them for $5 including shipping at CountrySoapShack
    Well, that's all for now. If you decide to try this recipe, please tells us what you think. Toodles!

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