I’m not going to lie, I have a bit of a lip balm and butter obsession. When I was younger, I even went through a phase of collecting lots of different flavours. I had a lot. From Summer Lemonade to Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie (yes, their lip balms exist – and they’re amazing), I just couldn’t stop.
Even though I eventually out grew the collection phase, I still like to apply an exciting flavour whenever I use a lip balm at home. Strangely though, until recently I’d never thought of making my own. It was only the other week when I was visiting an exhibition in London, that I discovered a whole range of amazing natural products by Akoma. Seeing their products really opened my eyes to the vast range of things I could use at home to make my own skincare. Kindly, they gave me some of their Raw Shea Butter to take back with me to try and make some creations with.
Since then, my lip butter obsession has been reborn. Using their Shea Butter, I decided to experiment with some different ingredients and try making my own at home. I couldn’t decide whether to call this recipe a lip balm or butter, so I went for butter as I generally prefer the word and it tends to mean the mixture has a softer consistency.
.. And oh my. Making lip butter is so fun! I decided that my first attempt would be for a citrus-y flavour. Seeing as it’s Summer, citrus aromas instantly provide you with a tropical feel and give your lips a lovely sweet and fruity scent. To make the butter, I combined the Shea with Mango Butter, Carnauba Wax, Vitamin E oil, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon and Lime. Mmm mmm mmm. The smell is delicious.
I was really happy with the result of the butter, even though it is probably a bit softer than your standard shop bought kind. However, I like it this way as it gives a nice glossy finish and makes it easier to apply.
Due to the warmth of my house in the Summer months, I placed mine in the fridge to set, and left it there to keep cool. This speeds up the setting process, and I recommend you do the same. After it’s set, it’s fine to stay in a cool, dry place. Really, the longer you leave it to set, the better – I’ve had my best results after leaving it overnight (even though doing that really tests my patience). Also – asides from lips, I think this could also work as a moisturiser on any dry patches of skin.
So, here’s the creation! Let me know what you think of the idea and whether it’s inspired you to try making your own products at home!
citrus grapefruit lip butter
fills about 15-20 3g tubs:
3 tbsp raw shea butter
1 tbsp mango butter
2 tsp carnauba wax
1 tsp vitamin E oil
1 tsp grapefruit oil
3/4 tsp orange oil
1/2 tsp lemon oil
1/4 tsp lime oil
1. Firstly, fill a medium pan about 1/4 full with water and place onto a medium heat, allowing it to simmer. Then, place a heatproof bowl on top, and add in the shea, mango butter and carnauba. Stir them together now and then, allowing them to melt slowly – don’t let the mixture bubble. The butters will melt within a few minutes, but be patient with the carnauba. Stir the mixture occasionally, and allow it to gradually melt – this can take between 5-10 minutes but it will eventually get there!
2. Then, when this is done, remove the bowl from the heat and set aside. Add in the Vitamin E oil, grapefruit oil, orange oil, lemon oil and lime oil. Stir it all together so that it’s well mixed. Then, Pour the mixture into a jug (this makes it easier for transferring it into tubs).
3. Lastly, place several individual tubs onto a plate, and pour the mixture from the jug into each one. The amount of tubs needed depends on the size of them. I fill between 15-20 3g tubs – but they are a small size. Then, move the plate of tubs into the fridge, and leave them to cool and set for at least around 1-2 hours. When the butters have set, either keep them in the fridge, or store in a cool, dry place and apply when necessary!