DIY Zero Waste and Vegan Lip Balm

Oct, 01, 2020

Oh, my poor lips have been so dry and cracked because of the hot weather here. Funny thing is that I used to have the same problem during the fall while living in Sweden, where the cold made my lips dry. Maybe it’s just a fall thing? Anyway, my daughter and I were inspired to make our own lip balm to save a little money, so we know what’s in the balm, and to reduce waste. It was easier than I first thought and I’m super happy with the outcome. If you want to add a bit of color to the lip balm to make your lips both soft and colorful you can add a little beet powder. 

I used the recipe from Going Zero Waste Blog but added some essential oils to make it a little more fun and flavorful. I poured mine into simple recycled empty tins but you can buy empty plastic lip balm sticks at amazon or if you are avoiding plastic Etsy sells ones made with cardboard. 

  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon High Quality Olive Oil
  • A few drops of essential oils like lemon, mint, lavender and tangerine (my favorites).
  • 1/2-1 Tsp beet powder (optional)

Over a double broiler, melt the cocoa butter until it’s liquid. Stir in the olive oil and a few drops of essential oils. Pour into tins or jar, and let cool on the counter overnight.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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