DIY: Vegan Minty Orange Lip Balm

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

DIY: Vegan Minty Orange Lip Balm

In my previous Minty Cocoa Butter Lip Balm recipe, I used beeswax as one of the primary ingredients. Beeswax-based lip balms are very moisturizing and stay on the lips for several hours (seriously, even after I brushed my teeth I can still feel the residue of the lip balm). However, if you are formulating a vegan lip balm, beeswax is definitely out of the list since it is an animal-made product (bees produce beeswax). Actually, whether beeswax is vegan or not is still a subject of debate among vegan-friendly cosmetic consumers. Some says that as long as the bees are not killed to obtain the wax, beeswax can still be considered as vegan-friendly.

If you really want to avoid beeswax in your lip balms, then don’t worry as there are a lot of vegetable-derived waxes that you can use in place of beeswax. Examples of vegan waxes are
  • Candelilla wax
  • Carnauba wax
  • Soy wax
  • Rice bran wax
  • Sunflower wax
For the recipe I’m going to share, I actually used carnauba wax. Carnauba wax is derived from the leaves of the Brazilian palm trees known as Copernicia prunifera (or Copernicia cerifera). It is the hardest natural wax available and this is the reason why if you put too much of it in a lip balm, it causes your lip balm to crack and affects its spreadability. Carnauba wax is most especially known for its shine so if you’re a fan of super glossy lip balms, this is a must-have ingredient.

(Makes one lip balm on 15g tin cans)

*** This is a soft balm recipe intended to be packaged in a jar/pot/tin can

4.2 g Sunflower oil
1.5 g Castor oil
3.8 g Carnauba wax
3.0 g Cocoa butter
2.3 g Shea butter
0.2 g Vitamin E
0.1 g Peppermint essential oil
0.1 g Sweet orange essential oil

Special Equipment

  1. Combine the vegetable oils (except the essential oils), butters and wax in a heat-resistant container. Place the container over a small pot of simmering water (a.k.a. double-boiler/water bath method). Over low heat, stir until the butters and wax have completely melted (be a little bit patient as the carnauba wax takes time to melt).
  2. Remove from heat then add the Vitamin E and essential oils. Mix well.
  3. Quickly transfer the mixture to lip balm containers and wait for it to solidify at room temperature before covering the containers.

The resulting recipe is a soft lip balm. If you want to store it in a tube, then you need to increase the amount of carnauba wax and decrease the oils and hard butters (e.g. cocoa butter) used in the recipe.

Where to buy the materials
  • I bought the 15g aluminum tin cans from ISLAS Aromatics.
  • The carnauba wax, carrier oils and butters can be bought from Craftology Essentials.
  • For essential oils, you may refer to this list of essential oil suppliers in the Philippines.
  • Vitamin E capsule can be bought from any drugstore. I bought mine from Watsons pharmacy.

There are pros and cons when it comes to using carnauba wax in lip balm formulation. Carnauba-based lip balms have non-waxy and non-sticky feel unlike those made from beeswax. However, it is the waxiness of beeswax that makes it long lasting and extra moisturizing in the first place. On the other hand, carnauba wax just adds a thin, glossy film on your lips, similar to how a lip gloss feels like. So if you have extremely chapped lips, I don’t think carnauba-based lip balms are sufficient to moisturize your lips. One biggest pros of using carnauba wax instead of beeswax is that it has a higher melting point of 80-85C (176-185F) which can definitely prevent your lip balm from melting during hot summer days.

Have you tried making vegan lip balms? What vegan waxes have you tried to use?

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