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vegan lip balm recipe

Vegan Balm Recipe – Using Carnauba Wax

Balms are great for dry skin or lips or for healing damaged skin.  A balm gives concentrated moisture and is usually applied to a specific area in need.  You most commonly find vegan lip balm, hair balm or healing balms. This recipe is great as a multipurpose balm as it could work for all areas of the body.

Because balms are normally very concentrated you only need a small amount for any given area to help moisturize and/or heal it. Below is a recipe for a vegan balm, it is made with 100% natural and vegan ingredients, including Carnauba Wax.

What is Carnauba Wax?

Carnauba Wax is a natural vegetable wax derived from the leaves of the Copernicia cerifera botanical, more commonly known as the Carnauba Tree. During Brazil’s dry season, this palm, which also goes by the name “The Tree of Life,” protects itself against moisture loss by secreting a coating on both sides of its leaves. This coating is called Carnauba Wax. It is considered the “Queen of Waxes”, one of the hardest natural waxes on the market today. It comes in small flakes so can be easily measured and included in recipes.

Because Carnauba wax is a vegetable wax it is a great substitute for beeswax in making vegan DIY skincare products such as vegan lip balms, lotion bars or salves.

carnauba wax for vegan lip balm

About the Ingredients

Unrefined Shea Butter or Mango Butter are both vegan butters that are 100% natural and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that are great for moisturizing and healing the skin. They are both non-comedogenic so do not clog pores and are good for all skin types. Shea Butter has a natural nutty/smoky scent to it and Mango Butter has close to no scent at all.

Carnauba Wax is known for its beneficial properties that form a protective barrier on the skin to repel environmental assaults while holding in moisture and thus reducing dryness.

Apricot or Jojoba Oil these are both natural carrier oils.

Apricot Oil comes from the center of the apricot kernel. It is a light, delicate carrier oil that moisturizes dry, sensitive skin.

Jojoba Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis botanical (also known as the Jojoba Plant). It is packed with nourishing properties that moisturize the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. Jojoba Oil is well known for having a composition that closely resembles sebum, the naturally created substance in human skin which helps to keep it moisturized. For this reason it is easily accepted and safe for all skin types.

vegan lip balm recipe

Recipe for a Vegan Balm


  • 2 oz Mango Butter (or Shea Butter)
  • 2 oz Apricot Oil (or Jojoba Oil)
  • 1 oz Carnauba Wax
  • 18 Drops of essential oils of choice

How to Make:

  1. Put Mango Butter, Apricot Oil and Carnauba Wax in a heat proof glass container
  2. Heat it on low in a double boiler, stir the ingredients frequently while being heated, using a non-metal utensil
  3. Once all ingredients are fully melted, remove from the heat and stir in essential oils
  4. Quickly pour into your final balm tins or similar containers
  5. Allow to cool at room temperature or in the fridge until solidified
  6. It is now ready to use! Store with the lid on, in a cool dry place away from direct heat or sunlight

To use, clean the area of the body in need, pat dry and apply the balm so the area is coated fully. Allow to soak in. Use this 1-3 times per day.

Recipe Video

Here is our recipe tutorial video for this vegan balm below:

I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know if you have questions or feedback by leaving a comment below.