Zero Waste Lip Balm

As a passionate DIY enthusiast, I have begun making all my beauty products, directly from my kitchen counter.

Whenever I create a product, I know I want it to be 100% zero waste and made from all-natural ingredients.

One of the products I love to make the most is zero waste lip balm. A part from obviously being completely zero waste and natural, it’s incredibly easy and quick to make.

Just follow the steps below and trust me: you would not want to buy another packaged lip balm again!

Credits: I have taken and re-adapted this recipe from the Soap Kitchen.

You will need beeswax or candelilla wax,unrefined Shea Butter,avocado oil, cosmetic flavouring (optional). For this recipe, I have used a cherry flavour from the Soap Kitchen.

As a lip balm container I have upycledan old vaselline tin or you can get some metal tins.

vegan lip balm diy



  •  1 tbsp/10 g of beeswax or candelilla wax

Butter & Oils

  •  1tbsp/13g of unrefined Shea Butter
  •  1 and 1/2 tbsp/20g of avocado oil


  •  Your chosen flavour. I chose cherry!

vegan lip balm diy


  1. Heat up some water at medium heat using a small saucepan. Do not bring to boil, just let it simmer.

  2. Place the vegan candelilla wax pellets in a stainless steel bowl

  3. Place the bowl on the pot and slowly mix with a silicon spatula until completely blended. You will note that the beeswax is really sticky and hard to stir. It's ok, after about 10 minutes it will start melting and it will be easier to stir.

  4. When you notice that the beeswax is melting down, leaving only a few lumps, add the already measured shea butter and avocado oil

  5. Turn the heat off and blend the 3 ingredients together for one extra minute. The heated water will finish to melt everything down. Give it a good stir to make sure the ingredients are fully melted.

  6. Immediately pour the hot liquid into the tin. Do not let it cool down or it will become solid

  7. Wait for about 10 minutes. You will notice that, every couple of minutes or so, the liquid will become cloudy: the lip balm is magically becoming solid and almost ready to enjoy!

  8. Let the balm cool down for an extra 15-20 minutes.

  9. Stick some of the balm on a finger and apply it gently onto your lips.
Other flavours that I usually use and go really well in a lip balm are: peppermint, tea tree, coconut, chocolate or vanilla. Please note that these flavours are really different from essential oils or fragrance oils, which are not necessarily suitable to use on your lips. You can find these flavours on the soap kitchen website under their ``flavours`` section. If you are buying them somewhere else make sure to check or ask if they are suitable for lip balms.

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