Easy recipe and instructions for making vanilla and cocoa butter lip balm. Make it in half an hour to treat yourself and your friends.
This is probably one of the best lip balm recipes I’ve created. Incredibly simple to make, it tastes of vanilla and chocolately cocoa butter and leaves your lips feeling soft and shiny. The project only needs about a half-hour of your time and a few gorgeous, natural ingredients including cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and beeswax. The recipe will make you up to 10 tubes of lip balm or five of the little pots. Enough to treat yourself and your friends.
Lip Balms are a melding of solid & liquid oils
One of the easiest beauty products you can make is lip balm and I should know since I make thousands of them as part of my business. Lip balms are a combination of liquid and solid oils that when melted together will create a product that is softer than the hard oils used and harder than the liquid oils. The ratio of these is what is you play with to get the right consistency.
When you get those right then you can add aroma, color, and antioxidants (like Vitamin E) to make the product taste and look nicer.
Vanilla Cocoa Lip Balm
makes approx 10 lip balm tubes (4.5ml) or 5 pots (10ml)
The recipe below is measured by weight and if you want to be exact please use a digital kitchen scale – I highly recommended these for those who wish to make any kind of beauty product.
Otherwise, you can probably eyeball this recipe by using 1 part beeswax, 2 parts cocoa butter, and 3 parts sweet almond oil*. Also, the links to ingredients below will provide a lot more than you will need for a single batch. However, they’re the smallest and best-value amounts that I could find on Amazon for you.
- 7g (0.25oz) Beeswax
- 15g (0.53oz) Cocoa Butter
- 30g (1.06oz) Sweet Almond oil*
- 10 drops Vanilla Flavor oil (optional)**
- 8 drops of Vitamin E oil
- Lip Balm tubes (recipe makes 10)
- Plastic lip balm pots (recipe makes 5)
- Aluminium lip balm pots (recipe makes 3-4)
* If you have an allergy to almonds use another light liquid oil like grapeseed oil or sunflower oil. Also, I opted to infuse my oil with chamomile flowers which is entirely optional for this recipe. Chamomile has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which make it great for damaged skin (think sunburn, chapped lips, or recovering from cold sores). To create an oil infusion visit this page for more info. In this recipe, I cold-oil-infused 120g of sweet almond oil with 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers.
** Do not use vanilla flavoring meant for cooking. It’s water-based and will just separate in your recipe. Oil and water don’t mix!
Step 1: Melt the oils
Place the beeswax, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil into a small pan – if you have one with a sauce-pouring spout then even better. Melt the oils completely using the double-boiler method: float the pan with oils inside a pan filled with boiling water. This ensures that the oils melt evenly but don’t get too hot.
Step 2: Pouring & cooling
Add the flavor oil (optional) and vitamin e oil and stir well. When I make lip balms I use a bamboo skewer to mix since it doesn’t pick up too much of the oil. Put a cold spoon in the oil and a lot of the lip balm will ‘stick’ to it when you take the spoon out.
When mixed thoroughly, pour the oil into the lip balm containers which should be sterile when they arrive from the supplier. Cocoa butter has a tendency to go a bit grainy if it’s not cooled quickly. I’d advise popping your lip balms in the freezer, without the lids on, for at least 30 minutes if not an hour. Take them out after this time to let them come up to room temperature.
If you cool these lip balms at room temperature they’ll be perfectly fine to use. There’s just a chance that the lip balm will feel a little gritty when you first rub it on. Within literally a couple of seconds, it will melt and feel smooth though.
If cooling at room temperature, leave them on the counter with the lids off. They’ll cool and harden within an hour or two.
Step 4: Lid & label
When the lip balms are at room temperature you can put the lids on. If you put them on before then, you could get condensation under the lids and you don’t want that. Moisture can affect shelf-life and cause the lip balms to go rancid.
Label the tubes by wrapping paper around them and gluing/taping. A handwritten label makes it even more personal. The lip balms should be used by the nearest expiry date of the ingredients you use. Generally 1-2 years.