Chocolate Lip Balms with Cocoa Powder

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1 oz. Shea Butter
1 oz. Beeswax
1 oz. Cocoa Powder
.4 oz. Castor Oil
.8 oz. Vitamin E Oil
.9 oz. Avocado Oil
25 Heart Lip Balm Containers
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STEP ONE: Combine the Beeswax, Castor Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Avocado Oil in a heat safe container and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir the mixture half way through to ensure even mixing.

STEP TWO: Once the beeswax is melted, stir in the Shea Butter. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds if the Shea Butter does not melt all the way down with gentle stirring.

STEP THREE: Once the mixture is completely melted, mix in the Cocoa Powder making sure there are no clumps.

Optional Step Four: Add flavor oil (if you want to). This recipe is plenty flavorful without the flavor oil added.

STEP FIVE: Pour the chocolaty mixture into your heart shaped lip butter pots and let cool. It gives a little bit of a neutral brown tint to the lips and gives a faint smell of chocolate when applied. Don’t put calories on your hips this Valentine’s Day – put ’em on your lips!

Recipe yields about 25 lip balms and tints the lips a fabulous neutral brown.


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  1. VZG says

    Just made a tiny test batch (changes oz measurements to ¼tsp — just enough to almost fill one lip balm tube) and I have to say, I love it so far! I had to make some substitutions, and made some changes (used Shea, Soy, Cocoa, and Pistachio butter, Candelilla and Beeswax, and Avocado, Peach, Grapeseed, and Rice Bran oils, as well as half dark chocolate powder… so a lot of changes, I guess, but the same basic formula!), but it came out feeling luxurious on my lips, and smelling so nice. I will definitely be getting some lip balm pots to make more in the future! These would make really nice gifts.

  2. Aki says

    Yum! These look AMAZING! I am looking to make cheap lip balm for Christmas presents this year, and these look perfect! I was just wondering… Can I use 21oz. Castor oil instead of vitamin e oil, avocado oil, AND castor oil? (vitamin oil is somewat pricey) I also want to use so
    E chocolate flavouring oil.
    Thanks so much!

    • says

      Good morning, Aki!

      Unfortunately with this recipe you can’t really skip the Avocado Oil, but you can take out the Vitamin E and use the Castor Oil instead. I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. You can totally use Chocolate Flavoring Oil as well.

    • says

      Hi Reyna!

      When trying to figure out the shelf life of a product, you take the ingredient with the shortest shelf life, and that is about how long it will last before it may go bad.

      In this particular recipe, the shelf life of most of the ingredients is about a year, so your product should last you at least a year, if not more.

      I hope this helps! :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  3. Gretta says

    Hi! I made these last week and ever since people have been asking me where I got them! They were so surprised when I said I made them myself and have been asking could i make them one! They’re absolutely fantastic! Thank you for the brilliant recipe! =)

  4. says

    Made these tonight, and I have a question.

    We used unsweetened cocoa (the kind used to make fudge), and really didn’t detect a lot of flavor. Did you use a sweetened cocoa in yours? We’re going to try it again, but with a flavoring oil added to see if it gives it the boost we think it needs.

  5. says

    I have just gotten into a discussion about Vegan and Beeswax – found out that many true Vegans will not partake in anything made with beeswax. So how about Carnauba or Candelilla wax? Which would be better?

  6. Anne-Marie says

    Arrowroot would work though I'm not sure about the 'color' – we don't want lips that look white. =) But if you don't put any dry powder in there, it totally will work but the recipe will be more oily.

  7. Kathy says

    I made these last night and they turned out great. Question: If you didn't want to make the balm chocolate, what could you substitute for the cocoa. Arrowroot powder? Not sure – any ideas?

  8. Mystik Muses says

    These look really yummy, I can't wait to try these with a little strawberry flavor oil. Thank you!

  9. Anne-Marie says

    At their widest, the heart shaped pots are 1.75 in. across and a little more than 1.5 in. up in the middle of the heart.


  10. serina says

    Hi Anne-Marie,

    This is a GREAT idea. I'm actually gonna try it for a themed "Craving Chocolate" baby shower as favors. I had a quick question though. The website that sells the heart pots does not list the width/length of the pots. I wanted to make a sticker label to go on top of it. Is there anyway you could provide that information? We ordered the pots, but I wanted to make the labels before hand. I appreciate the help!


  11. Kathy says

    Hi, Love the idea of heart shaped chocolate lip balms. I saw a couple of comments about orders and I don't see where you go about ordering kits, etc. Can you point me in the right direction? I'd do these for my co-workers for Xmas, hearts or no hearts!

  12. Anne-Marie says


    If you are pouring and getting bubbles, pour a little warmer.

    No, you do not need a preservative for lip balms – if you are selling them, you might want Vitamin E in there to help extend the shelf life of the oil but it's not necessary.

    If you are pouring into the pots and it's hardening with a divot, you can:

    1. Use a heat gun to remelt the top after the balms are hardened to get rid of the divot

    2. Save some balm for a 2nd layer

    3. Pour more cool (but then you might get air bubbles!) =)


  13. Anne-Marie says

    The Shea and the Cocoa Butter don't quite work the same in lip balms because they have different melt points. Cocoa butter has a higher melt point so the balm will be harder and less spreadable with the cocoa butter.

    Lori – Great point! I fixed that! =)

  14. Anonymous says

    can you substitute cocoa butter for the shea butter? Will that make the lip balm harder? I just made this recipe you posted and LOVE the consistency so I was wondering if that changes if you substitute the butters and oils……

  15. Ellie says

    How can I pour the liquid into the lip pots without it hardening and leaving a dent? Also-when I pour the liquid into lip balm tubes-as it hardens-it appears there are air bubbles. How do I prevent that? One more ?-do I need to use a preservative if I make this for sale? I have Otiphen and Opitphen Plus…..

  16. Anne-Marie says

    Cinnamon Hollow – Yay! Thanks for giving us a chance. I'm thrilled your order arrived quickly. 98% of our order ship out within 1 business day. With our location in Washington state, the western states get their packages lickety split for sure. I hope you like everything.

    Anon, You could sub Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil – any liquid oil (really!). It's just a matter of balancing the butters and waxes in the balm with the liquid oil. =)

  17. Audrey says

    This looks so dark and chocolatey! Does this leave a brown tint on the lips as well, like a tinted lip gloss?

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  19. Pamela says

    I was wondering about a substitution also for the shea butter. Would crisco work? Or is there something else I might have on hand that I could substitute?

    Thank you for this fun tutorial!

  20. Cinnamon Hollow says

    Oooh I've got to try these! Only now I want chocolate so I think I'll have a piece of chocolate first. :0)
    P.S. I just received my order and can't believe how fast it arrived! Thanks for everything Anne-Marie and Brambleberry!!!! Happy Valentine's Weekend!

  21. Kelly Taylor says

    I made some of this last year with the cocoa powder and it is my all time favorite!

    So smooth, so creamy and delicious!

    And smells wonderful too.

    I can't wait to put into those little heart containers!

    Thanks Anne-Marie!

  22. Otion - The Soap Bar says

    Mmm! I think I'd throw in some of my favorite flavor oil, mint julep. Then I'd have to keep myself from eating them!

  23. Mamma Wenger says

    I love this idea but it is too late for me to purchase the supplies to made these before Valentine's Day. Looking ahead to St.Patrick's Day, can you give us any ideas early so we can be ready with some little gifts for our friends and loved ones?

  24. Anne-Marie says

    Yes, a Chocolate or Vanilla flavor oil would be great! Make sure it's lip safe =) It will only add to the yum.

    Helena, Yes, I think it's hard enough to easily go into lip balm tubes. =)

  25. redgoddess says

    What about adding a bit of chocolate fragrance oil to the mixture?

    They definitely look good enough to eat!

  26. Rose says

    does not even look like lip balm…makes me want to just eat one!

    I definitely will try recipe –

    thnx A-M!

  27. France says

    Oh what a beautiful sight to behold in the morning, I want chocolate now! They are absolutely gorgeous!!! I'll give them a go as the ones I made with choc chips just weren't to my liking! *looks over shoulder… am I the first comment?? *