If you are looking for a 100% cruelty-free vegan lip balm recipe, it is best to make your own vegan lip balm recipe with a beeswax substitute like candelilla wax. There are several alternatives to beeswax but candelilla wax is my favorite.

Lip balm is one of the easiest DIY beauty product you can make at home. If you are vegan or like me concerned that using beeswax may support the disappearance of bees then carry on reading!

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Did you know that many bee farmers clip the queen bees’ wings, and kill the drone to avoid swarming? Swarming is when the bees start moving from the beehive to another location to find more pollen. Swarming is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies. Bee keepers also damage and kill bees when harvesting the honeycomb and use artificial food or pesticides if the beeswax is not certified organic.

Like other factory-farmed animals, honeybees are victims of unnatural living conditions, genetic manipulation, and stressful transportation

If you are interested in learning more about the honey industry, you can read more on Peta’s website.

What is candelilla wax?

Candelilla wax is a completely plant-derived wax, produced from the South American candelilla shrub. Candelilla wax is high in both fatty acids and resin, which makes it a great substitute for beeswax in homemade beauty products. It is quick absorbing and also very emollient, making it great to soothe chapped lips!

Candelilla wax is harder than beeswax, so you will need to take this into account when making your own lip balm. It’s melting point, around 70 degrees Celsius, is also higher than beeswax’s 63 degrees. It can also take up to three days to harden after melting, which means that your lip balm will take longer to set. Patience is a virtue!

That said, its natural anti-inflammatory properties and moisturizing capabilities make it an excellent choice for vegan lip balm recipes.

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Other vegan wax alternatives to beeswax for homemade lip balms

If you cannot find candelilla wax or want to experiment with other waxes, there are several other options:

Rice bran wax is made by cold-pressing rice oil. It has a high melting point around 80 degrees Celsius. It’s high antioxidant content can provide a boost to dry lips and help to prevent oxidative damage.

Carnauba wax is harvested from trees in Brazil. It is a hard wax like candelilla, with a high melting point of 82 degrees Celsius. The price is higher than beeswax, but because its harder, you will not need as much.

Soy wax is derived from soybeans and has the same hardness as beeswax so it can be used in the same ratio in traditional beeswax recipes. That said, it can be a bit tougher to work with because its melting point varies and can be anywhere between 49 and 80 degrees Celsius. Most soy in the United States is genetically modified and heavily sprayed with pesticides, so be careful to choose a non-GMO, organic soy wax for your lip products.

Sunflower wax is created from sunflower oil. Its melting point is around 78 degrees Celsius. As a harder wax it can improve texture in your lip balm. It is high in linoleic acid, which helps to fortify and nourish the skin.

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Creating flavor in your homemade lip balm

Once you have selected the primary wax for your lip balm, you can create different flavors and scents by using essential oils. Most essential oils carry their own health benefits, and can also be selected for their nourishing properties.

Peppermint essential oil is a common choice for lip balm. It is soothing and refreshing on the skin, and is naturally antimicrobial. It will tingle your lips and as an added benefit, it can even help make breath fresher!

Coffee essential oil is also a good choice for lip balm, and has an invigorating effect on the body and mind.

You have plenty of options when it comes to making vegan lip balm at home that is full of clean, nourishing ingredients and completely cruelty free. Candelilla wax makes an excellent substitute for beeswax, and because it harder, you can actually use less and save money!

By getting creative with essential oils, you can create homemade products that are just as luxurious and interesting as store bought items, and with only ingredients that you trust.

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Vegan lip balm recipe

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Vegan Lip Balm Recipe With Candelilla Wax
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Serves: 8 lip balm tube
  1. Melt wax, oils and butter in a double boiler on low heat.
  2. If you do not have a double boiler, simply use an aluminium bowl placed in a pan filled with warm water.
  3. Once everything has melted, mix well with a spoon.
  4. Add the essential oils.
  5. Pour into lip balm containers right away.
  6. If it has already starting to harden, don’t panic! Put it back into the double boiler for a few seconds until it melts again and pour the rest in the containers.
  7. Let it cool for one or 2 hours until it has completely solidified.
  8. Apply on your lips as often as needed!
  9. The shelf life of this vegan lip balm is about 1 year, depending on the shelf life of the oils and butters you have used. It does not need to be refrigerated.
  10. Yield: about 1.5 oz (7-8 plastic lip balm containers).

This lip balm is nice and smooth, it is also glossy and shiny depending on how much you put on.

Please do let me know in the comment below if this vegan lip balm recipe is helpful and if you have any questions!

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