Last Updated on October 5, 2022
This cocoa butter lip balm is zero waste and leaves your lips feeling kissable and smooth! Makes a great gift and is gentle enough for daily wear.
Making your own zero waste lip balm is both incredibly simple to do, plus it’s gentle on your skin. We will teach you how to make homemade lip balm without a bunch of harsh chemicals.
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zero waste lip balm
I am so excited to share this zero waste chapstick recipe with you! I made this in my DIY products workshop at the Zero Waste Youth Convergence.
We had a great Saturday afternoon! I had a blast getting to meet so many people involved in the zero waste community.
The zero waste community is so positive, and I love being surrounded by so many people who want to inspire change.
Zero waste is about empowering the individual. We have the power to create change with just a few adjustments to our daily lives. Little things like making your own cocoa butter lip balm can really add up over time!
Photo Cred: Grant Readle
homemade lip balm
It doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s as simple as rethinking your consumption and making a conscious effort to reuse rather than continue the cycle of disposable products.
If you’ve ever felt like changing the world was out of your grasp or too large of a problem to solve – join the 1,000s of people working to empower the individual. We can all make a difference; it’s as easy as bringing your own containers!
Along the way, you’ll probably find yourself wading into the realm of DIY products.
This lip balm with cocoa butter recipe is the epitome of easy, and the perfect gateway drug… I mean stepping stone. It’s the perfect stepping stone into DIY Beauty. And, it meets all of my requirements for personal sustainability. So…what are you waiting for? Let’s get started so you can make your own zero waste chapstick asap!
zero waste chapstick
My original chapstick recipe used beeswax, and a lot of people asked me for a vegan alternative. Well, that’s when my vegan lip balm with cocoa butter was born.
I like using the older recipe as a salve for my face, and I like using this new recipe for my lips. This homemade lip balm recipe is faster, uses fewer ingredients, and I think it’s better!
I hope everyone who took some home on Saturday is enjoying theirs.
When you use so few ingredients, it’s very important that they’re high quality. You’ve heard me talk extensively about Amphora Nueva.
They’re my favorite bulk store, and they were kind enough to donate a bottle of their lemon olive oil for the workshop. The lemon is my favorite for DIY products!
If you are in the Bay Area – you have to go check them out. You will not be disappointed!
how to make cocoa butter lip balm
5 minutes active, overnight inactive
- 3 Tablespoons Grated Cocoa Butter – bought in bulk at Rainbow
- 1 Tablespoon High Quality Olive Oil – bought in bulk at Amphora Nueva
Over a double broiler, melt the cocoa butter down to liquid. Stir in the olive oil, pour into tins, and let cool on the counter overnight.
You could easily put this in the freezer for it to harden quickly, but it may not be stable. This just means it may melt very fast and the consistency might fluctuate.
This is so much easier than dealing with beeswax! If you’ve ever tried to wash dishes after using beeswax – you know.
frequently asked questions
can I use coconut oil instead of cocoa butter?
Technically, you can make this zero waste lip balm with coconut oil, but I recommend not taking it out of the house. Due to the fact that the coconut oil will melt quickly, it can easily make a mess.
what can I do to add flavoring to my homemade lip balm?
I like the cocoa butter lip balm the way it is and don’t really feel like it needs any added flavors. However, if you feel differently, you could use vanilla extract or any other extract you like. Peppermint extract, orange, or any other flavor would be good.
What are some of your favorite DIY products? Do you have any fast and easy recipes?