Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vegan Lip Balm 101

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.”
Paul McCartney

For all my wonderful and amazing vegan and vegetarian friends, this lip balm tutorial is for you!!! 

If you don't like using beeswax in your DIY lip balm recipes, then you can use carnauba wax, or candelilla wax instead in order to make your products vegan-friendly.

Carnauba wax is an extremely hard wax exuded by Brazilian palm tree leaves. This wax is comprised of fatty acids, wax esters and fatty alcohols.  Perfect for making lip balms, salves, stiff creams, and skin barrier products. You can buy it from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE

Candelilla wax is a vegetable wax from the candelilla plant which grows in Mexico.  It has a pale yellow hue with no detectable aroma.

Custom DIY Vegan Lip Balm Recipe
makes enough for one 4-ml lip balm tube or container

3/4 teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil (such as coconut oil, olive oil, mango butter, shea butter...you choose as many or as few as you want just make sure it equals 3/4 teaspoon total)

1/2 teaspoon candelilla or carnauba wax

10 drops Vitamin E Oil

2 drops of your favorite essential oil (such as lavender, sweet orange, peppermint, spearmint, tea tree or lemon)

Measure out the carrier oils and wax into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the wax and oils have melted together. Remove from heat. Add in the vitamin E oil and essential oil. Carefully pour the mixture into a lip balm container. Allow to harden and cool to room temp. Enjoy!!