citrus grapefruit lip butter

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!

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48 thoughts on “citrus grapefruit lip butter

  1. Oh these look so great! I can’t wait to make some of my own 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Jasmine!

  2. These look great! Need to try this 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you like them 🙂

  3. Love making my own beauty products! And shea butter is some of the best stuff for your skin and lips ever! I like the idea of using grapefruit oil, yum!

    1. Same here Justine! I love Shea butter! Thank you 🙂

  4. So so cool! I’ve always wanted to make my own lip balms! Totally pinning to try! Perfect “flavor” too!

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca!

  5. They look really lovely, so much nicer than the store bought lip balms, pinned! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Sheena!

  6. Looks like fun- I’ve always wanted to make my own!

    1. Thank you Stephanie, I hope you like it!

  7. This sounds like a fun DIY project! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for some raw shea butter at my local health food store. I’d love to make a vanilla mint version of this.

    1. Thank you so much Miranda! That smell sounds amazing! Mmm!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing! This recipe for lip butter sounds AmAzing! I think I should do this with my girls this summer!

    1. Thank you so much Andele!

  9. Oh yeah! I’ve been planning on making lip butter for the last few years. I would like to make a big delicious batch and give them as stocking stuffers at Christmas. Can’t wait to try this recipe Harriet. ☺️

    1. Thank you so much Mary, that’s a great idea!

  10. This sounds wonderful! I bet this would be great used on cuticles too – I actually have a cuticle cream that smells citrussy and I love that 🙂

    1. Oooh yeah, what a great idea! Thank you Kat!

  11. Oh I love homemade DIY beauty stuff! I make a lot of my own fruit masks (post on that coming later) but I haven’t made my own lip butters yet!! I totally should since it’s fairly easy and of course, healthier! Those are essentials oils you added right? The lemon and lime? Or are they a different type of oil? I bet the smell is amazing!!

    1. Same here Brandi! That sounds sooo good, I can’t wait to see the post! Yeah definitely! Yes I used essential oils 🙂 I looove the smell, citrus scents are my favourite!

  12. Wow your creations are stunningly beautiful and yum! I love shea butter. It’s what keeps my skin really soft.
    Love the look of your products, Harriet! ❤︎ x ❤︎ | LaineyLovesLife

    1. Thank you so much Lainey, I love shea butter too!

  13. Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
    xo, Jane

  14. From the most decadent chocolate treats to adorable cupcake illustrations and now homemade LIP BALM!!! 😮 Is there anything you can’t do?! You are amazing, and I didn’t know mango butter was a thing but now that I do I need it in my life and in my lip balm! <3

    1. Ahhh thank you so much Natalie! You are sooo kind! 🙂 <3

  15. these look super awesome! definitely going to try this out one day this summer 🙂 xx, kenz

    1. Thank you so much Kenz, I hope you like them!

  16. Oh! This is awesome, Harriet! I would so love to try grapefruit lip butter ASAP! Thanks for this lovely share! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Anu!

  17. These are so adorable! <3 (+ I love citrus anything.) I can't wait to try it out!!

    1. Thank you so much Farrah, same here! I hope you like them 🙂

  18. This is such a great idea Harriet. And I love the flavor combination. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Linda!

  19. These sound amazing! I have dozens of lip balms and I’m pretty sure that making these would save me a fortune. I’m going to give it a try, thanks for posting x

    1. Thank you so much Chiara, I hope you like them! x

  20. I love Akoma products! Used to make my own whipped shea and cocoa butter using their products but haven’t made any in a couple of years. Seriously need to get back to it! This lip balm sounds amazing Harriet 😀 I can’t live without my lip balms. I have lip balms all over the house and I freak out if I can’t find one when my lips start feeling like they need a top up haha!

    1. Same here Nadia, they’re the best! Oooh that sounds so good – I will have to try it! Thank you so much 🙂

  21. Oh i love lip butter and this one sounds great

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    1. Thank you so much Zarrah!

  22. Let me know if you are going to sell them!!! You are so talented, Harriet.

    1. I would love to! Thank you so much, you are so kind!

  23. I just randomly saw this post and holy moly how cool! I’ve never thought to make my own lip butter but now I feel like I need to try!

  24. These look great and am going to make some for sure. I have never heard of Mango butter, I live in the UK so will have to source some.

  25. These essential oil combos sound great but do you add anything to give it a flavor?

  26. Please advice that the citrus oils might cause photosensivity in the sun!

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