Winter Lip Balm Recipe

Did you make the Winter Body Balm and have left over ingredients? Just alter the ingredients a little bit to make a lip balm. It’s great for the skier in your life and comes with the same darling, winter themed labels. The giant push tube allows for easy application on the mountain and you don’t even have to take off your gloves! That’s the beauty of using the big push tubes. And if you don’t have any skiers in your life, it’s a great lip balm for your purse (because it’s virtually impossible to lose).


3 oz Candelilla Wax

4 oz Meadowfoam

2 oz Olive Oil

5 oz Avocado Butter

.7 oz Dulse Extract

.4 oz Acai Lip Flavor

12 Push Tubes

Super Cute Winter Labels

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ONE: Combine the Candellila Wax, Meadowfoam and Olive Oil in a heat safe container. Put it in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds then take it out and stir with a spoon. Repeat 2 more times until the wax is fully melted.

Note: You can also melt the waxes and oils in a double boiler.



TWO: Stir in the avocado butter until fully incorporated. Some butters can get grainy if heated to high temperatures so I’ve just gotten used to always stirring in the butters. If it starts to cool down too quickly, pop it back into the microwave for 20 seconds until it’s back to a translucent liquid.

THREE: Mix in the Acai Flavoring Oil and Dulse Extract. Give it a good stir and it’s ready to pour into the push tubes!

Finishing Tip: A little divot can form in the center as the balm cools. To achieve a nice smooth top, gently heat the surface with a heat gun so some of the melted balm fills in any cracks. OR try to pour the lip balm as cool as you can. I poured my balms at about 135°F and still got the little divot (which is caused by the outside of the balm cooling quicker than the inside).

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  1. Linda says

    Can you substitute anything for Avocado Butter? I’m making for people who are allergic to avocado. :)

  2. Linda says

    Can you substitute anything for Avocado Butter? I’m making for people who are allergic to avocado. :)

  3. ashley says

    hi! i was wondering if a peppermint oil used in baking and candy making would work in this recipe, i cant seem to find one anywhere else and i really love peppermint! thanks so much

  4. dilys says

    Hi I was thinking of doing this for my class project where everyone gets a go with it! But it’s inconvenient for all the students to use only one microwave due to time concern.. do you think we can melt it if we place the bowl of wax and oils above another bowl of hot water to melt?

    and how long does it take for the balms to harden?

    i’m hoping for a reply!! :)

    • says

      Good afternoon, Dilys!

      The Candelilla Wax does have a higher melt point, so it actually might take longer for it to melt otherwise. A hot bowl of water isn’t going to melt the wax, and you would need a microwave or a stove to help it along. What you can do it melt all the wax at one time, and then portion it out, that might work better for your class! The balms take about 1-2 hours to fully harden up. I hope this helps! Keep us updated on how it turns out. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  5. janeysatfield says

    Thanks for the recipe and detailed instruction. I wonder if anybody can tell me if preservative is necessary for this recipe? I’m really new and have been reading on “how to make cosmetics at home”. I got confused regarding preservatives, when should I use it and when shouldn’t.

    • says

      Good morning!

      Preservatives are only necessary in a product when there is water present or the product will be introduced to water. In liquid soap and cold process soaps, you will never need to add a preservative as the pH is high enough that mold, microbes and bacteria cannot grow.

      This particular recipe does not need a preservative as there is no water in it. To learn more about preservatives, which ones we carry and when to use them; you can check out this blog post that Anne-Marie wrote last year:

      Talk It Out Tuesday: Preservatives:

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  6. Sara says

    Hey there! I keep looking for the exact oz/g weight of the push tubes on your website and there’s no measurments to use for labels when selling! I was going to call yesterday, but I’m sure y’all are super busy with the holiday sales! I figured you might not know the website didn’t list the oz/g for this tube only. I saw a previous poster messaged and you said ‘about an ounce’ – do you think the label should just list 1oz then? I guess I could weigh them after filling, but I wanted to get started on the label before! Thanks, ladies, I LOVE this blog and your shop!

    • says

      Hi Sara,
      We have the exact dimensions you are looking for on the item page of our push tubes.
      But one thing to keep in mind, the weight of a product can vary based on your recipe, the mixing technique, and how much you fill the container. So it would really be best if you filled and weighed your exact product for labeling. That way your products are labeled correctly and you won’t have any disappointed customers. Another idea is to leave that part blank and hand write it in once you are ready to label. Hope this helps!

  7. Cindy says

    Hi, I was wondering if you have seen the lips balms that are one flavor/color around the center and another around the outside of the tube. I would love to figure out how this is done, but so far…. any ideas?
    Thanks Cindy

  8. says

    made my first batch of CP soap in a year! Time just flew and soap didn’t get made. I’m so excited. I made an ITP swirl, and now I’m back here, of course, looking for ideas and tips (like I forgot how much Titanium Dioxide to use, etc)… and came across those lip balms… the labels are GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  9. Pelin says

    Dear Anne-Marie,

    I love your recipes on body butters and balms.
    I want to give this one a try as well, but I’m afraid I don’t have access to all the ingredients, so I would like to ask your opinion for substitutes.

    1- For flavoring, is it OK to use liquid food flavoring?

    2- What can I use instead of meadowfoam?

    3- Is beeswax the best substitute for candelilla wax, or is there any other you would suggest (preferably with less/no scent)?

    4- Would vitamin E oil work instead of dulse extract?

    Many thanks,


    • Anne-Marie says

      Re: flavoring, liquid food flavoring is normally water based and typically won’t mix into oil and waxes. If it’s oil based, you’re good. If it’s in glycerin, it will mix in but not as well. If it’s in alcohol, definitely don’t do it.

      You can use Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil or Hazelnut oil instead of meadowfoam.

      Beeswax is definitely the best option to sub for candelilla wax.

      Vitamin E would work GREAT in place of dulse =)

      • Pelin says

        Thanks a lot. One more question would essential oils be OK to use as flavor, or could they be sensitive to lips?

        • Anne-Marie says

          Some essential oils can be used – depending on how they were/are processed – but typically, lavender is a good choice. You can technically use most citrus EO’s but I stay away from them because they can be photo-sensitizers (exacerbate the effects of the sun).

  10. GreenEggs says

    These sound awesome! I am a beekeeper and would like to substitute the candelilla wax with beezwax. Would it still work? Would it still be as moisturizing or would I need to add something more?

    • says

      Yes, it would still work. Beeswax is a softer wax so the product might be just a little softer than the original recipe but it will still be luxurious and lovely.

  11. Melody says

    hi there, okay so i am trying to make this last minute for my family for christmas, and i have two problems right before i get started, 1) is there a way to measure out the ingredients without doing it by weight? 2) i changed the flavoring to mint julep and got lip smackin sweet flavoring too1, how much of each do i use?

    • Anne-Marie says

      Add .3 Mint Julep and .2 Lip Smackin’ Sweet Flavoring too.

      There is no way to measure it without a scale but

      3 tsp Candelilla Wax

      4 tsp Meadowfoam

      2 tsp Olive Oil

      5 tsp Avocado Butter

      .7 tsp Dulse Extract

      Would probably get you pretty close to the recipe =)

  12. says

    About the lip balms. My husband made me a wood piece with holes drilled into just to fit the tubes into not to go all the way through just to sit into. It works great never have to take them out even when moving to the frig to cool. I use a pipette to fill just don`t drink alot of coffee shen getting ready to fill you need a steady hand.
    The problem I have is doing craft shows in the summer time they MELT bad. I wish there was a way to fix this.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Ha! Good one about the coffee. I agree with that tip!

      Your husband sounds like quite a helpful man AND smart! That sounds like a great tool.

  13. Alienka says

    Hello! Tried to make lipbalms in these push tubes this summer because I thought this may be fun – it’s not! No one used the ones that I gave away, everyones reaction was something like: “Haha, funny, but what am I gonna do with this?” Small tubes are much more handy!
    Oh, and the one that I left for myself fell on a carpet (I mean, the lipbalm out of the tube) and was all dirty :( It’s really sad because that sounded like a nice project, but turned out it’s not…
    PS: They are also really hard to apply once you went through some of the product because you have to hold the bottom of the tube with your finger… And again, it’s very likely that it will fall out :(

    • says

      So funny! I got to test a giant lip balm and I use it every single day. I’m in love with it =) And I love that it’s so easy to find in my purse (or maybe my purse is too big- ha ha).

      It’s great for skiers since they won’t have to take their gloves off to apply it on the mountain (I actually put my snow mitts on at home to try it…I’m such a nerd, I know).

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  14. Brandy says

    Thank you for another fab tutorial! Is there a tutorial for how to get the text or graphics onto the labels for *cough*Challenged*cough* people like me who aren’t word processing or Photoshop savvy?

    • Anne-Marie says

      The labels are a PDF file so you’ll just need the free Acrobat product to download, print and use the labels. I hope this helps =)

  15. says

    *dancing excitedly* I NEED to make this! Thank you!! (I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I really love the “Buy it now” button for ease of shopping!)