Before you grab any old chapstick to moisturize your lips, check the label! Odds are, the lip balm you’re drawn to contains some ingredients you can’t pronounce. And, you know what that means—it’s probably not good for you, your body, or your lips. Most lip balms contain petroleum, parabens, chemical sunscreens, and other artificial ingredients. They often also contain animal products, such as beeswax and lanolin, so they’re a no-go for vegans. But don’t despair—there’s still hope for your lips! We’ve got a seriously easy vegan lip balm recipe for you to try at home with a few simple ingredients. Read on to learn how to make your own vegan lip balm for healthy, eco-friendly lips.
The Benefits of Making Your Own Vegan Lip Balm
Yes, purchasing beauty products (like lip balm) is convenient, and sometimes fun. The pretty packaging, the promises of rejuvenated health, and the delicious scents are all enticing, addicting even. Yet, consuming products made in a lab might not be the best choice for your health, or your wallet.
We’re not here to open a can of worms, so just let’s stick with lip balm. Take ChapStick, the beloved lip balm that became its own noun. While ChapStick is the queen of lip balm, (rightfully so, they did invent lip balm as we know it) a lot has changed since the 1890s. For one, we're starting to ask questions like, “What is camphor, and should I be putting it on my lips?”
What's In My Store-Bought Lip Balm?
Let’s take a look at some of the ingredients in ChapStick. White Petrolatum, arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, red 6 lake, titanium dioxide, white wax, yellow 5 lake. Okay, be honest. Out of all of those ingredients, how many can you recognize or pronounce? Unless you’re a mad scientist, the number is probably pretty low.
A quick google search teaches us that...
- White Petrolatum has been found to sometimes be contaminated with toxic chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Another word we can’t pronounce!
- Camphor is a very toxic compound. If ingested by children or infants, even in small doses, it can prove fatal.
- Paraffin is a by-product of the petrochemical industry, so producing it isn’t sustainable or environmentally-friendly. It needs to be refined using intense bleach and other harsh chemicals, and can end up contaminated by those chemicals from the refining process.
- Red 6 Lake has been shown to contain lead, arsenic, gossypol, mercury, pesticides, and PCBs by the Environmental Working Group.
- Yellow 5 Lake has been found to be contaminated with carcinogens, including benzidine.
Quick check in: do you want those ingredients added to your lips every day? Probably not. What if there was a way to keep your lips moisturized and kissable without introducing processed ingredients? Lucky for you, there is. Simply make your own vegan lip balm from home with ingredients you can pronounce!
Making your own vegan lip balm is the perfect start to a toxin-free DIY skincare routine. You'll get complete control over the ingredients you use, which means no more hidden chemicals, toxins, and carcinogens! It also means less waste—you get to choose the containers you use, and reuse them as you wish. And finally, it's really easy, especially with LĒVO.
DIY Beauty Products with LĒVO
For most of us, the thought of ditching the store-bought products for DIY beauty is a bit daunting. Maybe you’re too busy, or the DIY instructions are just too complicated for you to get started. Don’t worry—we have a super simple solution. Let LĒVO do it for you.
LĒVO II is an innovative countertop appliance that simplifies the process of herbal infusion from start to finish. It helps you infuse herbs, with all of their medicinal goodness, into oils, waxes, butter, milk, and more. Quite literally, LĒVO can make DIY beauty as easy as pushing a button.
The idea is simple: pick your base (oil, wax, butter, milk, etc) and pick your herbs (lavender, mint, rose, or even *wink* special flower). LĒVO will seamlessly infuse the ingredients together for easy integration into your life. And it doesn’t stop at beauty—you can use LĒVO for any infusion concoction you can think of, from lavender lattes to rosemary olive oil. Watch this video to see LĒVO in action.
DIY Skincare with LĒVO:
- Lavender Shower Steamers
- DIY Lotion Bars
- Aloe Vera & Green Tea Gel
- Moisturizing Beard Oil
- Rosemary & Mint Shaving Cream
- DIY Aftershave Balm
- Vanilla Sugar Lip Scrub
- Citrus Fresh Shower Steamers
- Lemon-Eucalyptus Hand Washing Soap
- Essential Oil Rollerballs
Ready to make some vegan lip balm? Our recipe is adaptable based on your flavor preferences. Choose between mint, lavender, rose, vanilla, or whatever your heart desires. Without further ado, we invite you to try out our vegan lip balm recipe below!
Vegan Lip Balm Recipe
Pucker up! This easy homemade vegan lip balm doubles as a cuticle salve and frizz tamer. Your pout will thank us later.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter
1/2 cup of mint, lavender, rose, vanilla, or whatever your heart desires! (fresh or dried)
1/2 cup vegan carnauba wax
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
Chop up fresh or dried herbs and pack them into the LĒVO Herb Pod, filling at least half way full.
Place the Herb Pod inside the reservoir, then add in the shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and olive oil. Note: It’s okay if the ingredients are solid to begin with, as they will melt while the cycle is warming up.
Set the Infuse cycle to 160°F for 1 hour, and press start.
When the cycle is complete, dispense into a clean container with a wide opening, and get ready to quickly fill the containers.
Use LĒVO droppers to fill the chapstick containers while still in liquid form, before the mixture begins to harden.
Set each container in a safe spot on your counter top without a chance of accidental disruption to let cool and set.
Once hardened, apply generously to lips, cuticles, hair, and everywhere!
We’d love to see what you make! Share on social with #LEVOmade!