Shea Butter! Use It To Make A Luxurious Homemade Lip Balm With My Basic Recipe

Shea Butter is an amazing ingredient. One of the benefits of buying it for your homemade lip balm is that it is easily used on other parts of body. Your face, feet, arms, legs, and hands will all love it! It’s great because if you’re experimenting with other s DIY skin care products there are a ton of recipes that you can use it in.

One of the most popular uses for Shea Butter is in lip balm. It’s a soft butter that gives lip balm an ultra-luxurious texture on your lips. It’s also amazing for protecting and nourishing your lips which is very beneficial in any season.

There are a ton of different recipes that include shea butter but I’m going to share one simple, easy-to-customize recipe with you below. It includes a wax, a soft butter (shea) and oil.

  • 40% Oil
  • 35% Wax
  • 25% Shea Butter (soft butter)

This would create a soft, homemade lip balm that would be great in a tin or jar. Reduce the oil a little and add more wax to give a harder consistency perfect for a lip balm tube.

How To Put That Basic Recipe Into Practice

I use tablespoons as the measurement for my lip balm recipes. It makes sense since I usually make small amounts for myself. I base my recipes on between 4-5 tablespoons. It will result in either 9 lip balm tubes or 4-5 tins/jars. Based on the above, you would use the following measurements.

  • 1 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter
  • 1.5 tablespoon of wax

I originally added only 1 tablespoon of wax to this recipe. I found it too soft so added another 1/2 tablespoon. When you try this homemade lip balm recipe (or any other) you can do the same with oils, butters or waxes to get a consistency you’re in love with.

The 5 Basic Steps For Making Your Lip Balm


Step 1: Fill a pot with a little water


You don’t need a lot of water. You just need enough to cover the sides of your measuring cup when it sits in the pot.

Step 2: Measure your ingredients


Measure your oil, wax, and soft butter with measuring spoons. Then place them into a measuring cup. Note: The measuring cup is used for convenience not measuring. I like it because the handle hangs over the side of the pot and stays cool.

Place your measuring cup into your pot of water on the stove


Make sure there isn’t so much water in here that it spills over the edge. I like using a measuring cup that’s big enough that the handle hangs over the pot. This makes it easier to handle.

Heat your ingredients at a low temperature for 5-10 minutes (or until all beeswax beads are melted)


It’s really important that you do this slowly, on low heat. Otherwise your lip balms will have a funky burnt-like beeswax smell. If this is your first time making this recipe you can let it cool in the measuring cup (you can add it to the freezer to speed it up). If you want to make the balm softer or harder you can add more ingredients (start with 1/4 tsp at a time).

Add your ingredients to tins, tubes or jars and let them cool till hard


If you haven’t done this before you might make a bit of a mess. Tins and jars are much easier when you’re getting started but you can most certainly manage with tubes as well – even if you don’t have the fancy filling trays. Just pour slowly and watch your fingers!



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About the author

Susanna, The Natural Skin Care Junkie

I'm Susanna, the Natural Skin Care Junkie! I became a certified Aromatherapist at the start of the Millennium and have been making my own skin care products ever since. During my time in the world of natural skin care, I have sold my own spa line (Oriana Naturals), a natural beauty box (Flynn & Sage) and a facial care line (Conscience Beauty Lab). I have taught live courses in DIY beauty and have been helping people make their own products with this site since 2013. Happy DIY'ing! Susanna

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