How to Make A Vegan Soy Wax Lip Balm Your Lips Will Crave
Disclosure: This year I am serving as a Brand Ambassador for the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board which means I will be sharing the #ARSoyStory, all things Arkansas Soybeans as well as highlighting the partner restaurants for the #Kitchen|FieldsTableTour 2018. All opinions are my own.
Whether you are a vegan or not, this Vegan Soy Wax Lip Balm is hands down my favorite lip balm I’ve ever put on my lips. Your lips will crave the feel and nourishing moisture this formula provides.
Why would you want to make your own soy wax lip balm? Because it’s:
- Long Lasting
- Plant Based
- Sustainably Sourced
Know your ingredients
Stop right now and look at the ingredients in your current lip balm.
Chances are there’s beeswax in it. For vegans supporting animal ethics, beeswax is not vegan. (This goes for honey as well.)
If your lip balm is beeswax free, then toxic chemicals are likely in it. Are any of these chemicals listed?
- Petrolatum (petroleum jelly or mineral oil)
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
- Parabens (Propylparaben, Butylparaben, is propylparaben, isobutylparaben)
- Hidden fragrances or flavors using phthalates
- Sunscreens using Oxybenzone, Octinoxate or Homosalate
Y’all, no. Don’t put those chemicals on your lips. (We’d need another post to cover these toxic ingredients.)
You know this, but I’m going to remind you…Your lips are skin that absorbs chemicals, and they are the entry way into your mouth.
Lip balm is not complicated, and toxic chemicals are unnecessary.
What to use?
Soybean Wax is a naturally moisturizing and ecologically sound choice for a lip balm base. Soybeans are used in food, cosmetics, skincare and industrial products. It indeed is the miracle bean. Look for domestically-sourced, cosmetic-grade soybean wax from soybeans grown in the U.S.
Soybeans are the largest row crop in Arkansas. In 2016, 3.1 million acres of soybeans produced 146 million bushels of valued at $1.5 billion. And I see these beautiful beans grown right in my backyard.
I had no idea how much I would enjoy using Soy Wax so much. I’ve tested five batches of lip balm on myself and selected participants across two states.
The soy wax is softer, creamier and down right luscious without being shiny like a lip gloss. One lip balm test participant known as my husband commented on the smooth feel and appreciated the non-lip gloss look from a guy’s standpoint.
There are lots of recipes for lip balm, and I’ve found I prefer my lip balm more firm, so I omit liquid plant-based oils.
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Shea Butter
- 10-12 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- Melt Soy Wax thoroughly in a double broiler (or modify a pot) on low to medium heat. When the wax is clear, add the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil and continue to stir until melted. Stir in 10-12 drops of peppermint essential oil.
- Dispense liquid into lip balm containers. I used a 12 ml syringe I had and it is a great size for this project.
- Allow the lip balm to set and cure for 12-24 hours, pop the lids on, label and enjoy!
Here’s My Vegan Soy Wax Lip Balm Supply List
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Connect with The Miracle Bean
When you make this lip balm, use the hashtag #ARSoyStory to share with Arkansas Soybean Producers how you are using their miracle bean.
If you see me out and about, ask me for a Vegan Soy Wax Lip Balm….I’ll give you one!
Have you ever made your own lip balm? Let me know how you like the soy wax.