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Lady Wurlitzer's Vegan Lip Butter
It's taken me quite a while to find the recipe for what I think is the perfect lip butter. Thing is, depending on whether you prefer a sturdy, hardy balm or a softer, oilier balm your recipe will need to be tweaked as necessary! Really, this just requires some patience and experimentation. However, here I will give a very basic fail-safe recipe that you can use as the basis of your experiments!

Posted by Lady Wurlitzer from Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published See Lady Wurlitzer's 3 projects »

  • Step 1

    Gather your ingredients together in the kitchen. Make sure you're working with squeaky clean utensils on squeaky clean surfaces.

  • How to make a lip balm. Vegan Lip Butter - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pop 2 table spoons of unrefined shea butter into your little mixing bowl.

  • Step 3

    To that, add 4 tablespoons of Apricot Kernel Oil.

  • How to make a lip balm. Vegan Lip Butter - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add a pinch of olive wax pellets (less is more at this stage - we can fix a runny lip butter a little easier than we can fix a rock hard lip butter!)

  • Step 5

    Cover over the neck of the bowl with microwave friendly cling film - leave a little gap on one side.

  • Step 6

    Pop the mixture into the (squeaky clean) microwave on a low/medium setting. Check the mixture at regular intervals (every 15 seconds or so?) until the mixture has completely melted.

  • Step 7

    When your butter and oil and wax has blended together to make a liquid substance, allow it to stand for just a few seconds (careful your mixture doesn't begin to set!)

  • Step 8

    Add a couple of drops of essential oil to fragrance/flavour your balm and stir. Lady Wurlitzer's favourite balm flavourings are rose, violet and lavender. Be careful when choosing which essential oil to add though. Some citrus-y oils make skin photosensitive so do be sure to do your homework first! There are also a number of very good quality synthetic flavourings on the crafty market. You'll be able to source anything from Cola flavour to Lemon Pie if you look hard enough! Ensure that the oil you are adding is a certified FLAVOUR oil though - don't EVER add fragrance oils to lip butter!

  • Step 9

    Once you have a sweet smelling liquid mixture infront of you, lay out the bases of you jars/tins. Transfer your liquid mixture with a pipette and fill up each tin/jar. (When I was first learning to make lip butters and balms, I spent ages trying to find the perfect teaspoon to transfer my mixture with!! I do not recommend this! Pipettes are definitely the way to go!)

  • Step 10

    Once you've filled up all your jars or tins (I prefer tins) pop the lids on carefully and lay the butters in a flat, sturdy surface in the fridge to set.

  • How to make a lip balm. Vegan Lip Butter - Step 11
    Step 11

    Leave the butters to set for a couple of hours. Bring out your balms and give them a trial run! Smooth some on your lips and kiss your honey! If he recoils in horror, maybe you need to refine your version of the recipe!

    You don't always have to use these ingredients. You could use Avocado Oil? You could use Mango Butter or Cocoa Butter? You could use a mixture of these? If you prefer a softer, glossier lip butter, then add more OIL. If you prefer a sturdy, hard balm use more olive WAX. Hoorah! Pucker up my pretties! :o)

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Myka M.
Myka M.
Where do you get olive wax pellets? This sounds really quick and easy. I'd love to try it soon...
Kathaleen  K.
Kathaleen K. · Detroit, Michigan, US
Where would you purchase olive wax pellets?
I like your version of lip balm, thanks!
Shila L.
Shila L.
Where do you find olive wax pellets? I have never heard of them.
ChaeEatzZombehGutz · 2 projects
wow!!!what are Pipettes though...?
Crafter Monkey
Crafter Monkey · Bolton, England, GB · 6 projects
This is FANTASTIC, my mates off to do an internship at peta, so this would make a great going away gift. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy
Grace D
Grace D · London, GB · 83 projects
I steal pipettes from my science lab at school Happy
Lady Wurlitzer
Lady Wurlitzer · Glasgow, Scotland, GB · 3 projects
These ingredients are actually very easy to source. Apricot Kernel oil is a staple carrier oil for folks who maybe work in massage or aromatherapy so oils can be found in any good herbalist. Essential oils are also readily available too but quality varies a lot. Shea butter (and other sorts of butters) are available from almost all UK ingredient suppliers. Hoorah!
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1432 projects
You can buy pipettes in most craft stores, they're just those little plastic dropper things. As I say, if you're at a lose ending finding products, just buy them online!
Ryden · 28 projects
I am also wondering where to get some of these things. Where do you find the little tins? I am thinking you could find the oils and such at a specialty store like maybe whole foods, or perhaps at a craft store. When you say pipette, you mean like we use in the lab? Or some other more common item also called that. Haha. I just think of Micropipetters, but I am not sure how the average person would get one of those.
Mrs Edward Cullen
Mrs Edward Cullen · Birmingham, England, GB · 12 projects
Got To make!! Only thing is i don't know where you could possibly buy these ingredients [i'm quite young]. Love To Try It though!
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