If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know that I made a vegan lip balm and that I was pretty pleased with myself. I said that I’d share how I did it, but this is going to be a short post because it was incredibly easy!
Why Vegan Lip Balm?
As you know, we’re all vegan in our household. That doesn’t just mean that we eat a plant-based diet. It also means that we don’t use any products that contain animal products. This includes any beauty products that I use. So, as I’ve finished products I was already using, I’ve replaced them with vegan alternatives.
Now I get through a lot of lip balm. It seems to be my lot in life that I have frequently dry and chapped lips. I dread to think how much lip balm I’ve bought in my lifetime. After becoming vegan, I realised that a lot of lip balms were no longer suitable for me because they contain beeswax. There are some great vegan lip balms out there though, if you don’t want to make your own. The ones I bought most recently were from The Eden Project and Lush, I liked that they both came in little aluminium tins too. Much better than single use plastic!
I decided to have a go at making my own vegan lip balm because when I ran out, both the Eden Project shop and Lush were closed due to the lockdown. I’m happy to go without many things whilst the world goes through this pandemic, but lip balm is not one of them.
How To Make Your Own Vegan Lip Balm
I promise you that this is the quickest, easiest beauty DIY you will ever do. There are only two ingredients, so you’ll know exactly what you’re putting on your skin. If you can’t get the ingredients you need right now, you can always pin this post for later!
You Will Need
- Coconut Oil – I used an unscented one because that’s what I had in the cupboard. However I do think this vegan lip balm would be even better if it was coconut scented!
- Candelilla wax – I’ve included a link but the wax I bought was actually from The Clean Kilo last year. Incidentally if you’re not vegan, you could always try this with beeswax.
- Small tin or pot – I reused the two small tins I already had, making this a great zero waste product!
What To Do
(Disclaimer: With my next batch I will measure everything out properly and edit this post, but I kind of did this by eye!)
- Make sure that the tins or pots you’re using are clean, especially if you’re re-using them
- Put your coconut oil and candelilla wax into a microwave-safe bowl. The ratio I tried was two parts coconut oil to one part wax.
- Microwave for around fifteen seconds and then stir. If not all melted, pop it back into the microwave and repeat.
- When your coconut oil and wax is completely melted and mix together, carefully pour into your tin or pot. This mixture will be very hot!
- Allow to cool.
- Bask in the glory of having made your own vegan lip balm!
See? I told you it was easy. Two ingredients, bung it in the microwave and boom!
I’ll have to come and update this post to let you know how long my batch of lip balm lasted, but I think it’s going to be a while as I made two little tins. So far I’m happy using it, it obviously doesn’t have an interesting scent or flavour, but it certainly does the job! Next time, I’m going to experiment with flavouring it so watch this space…
Let me know if you have a go at this and I’ll post soon about how you can make your own natural deodorant.