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Vegan cupuacu lip balm recipe

Apr 19, 2022 | Face care, Formulations, Lip balms

I wanted to extend my journey with cupuacu butter which smells amazing. I love this scent and I had and idea that it would be nice to have a lip balm with it. So, here it is – cupuacu lip balm.

making a cupuacu lip balm

1. making a lip balm – core ingredents

The whole formula is very simple – we need several ingredients. A wax, cupuacu butter and an oil. I tend to use macadamia nut oil as my lips like it very much. It doesn‘t feel dry and my version of macadamia nut oil has no scent which is what I am looking for in this formulation. I want cupuacu butter scent to shine in this formulation.

1.1. Rice bran wax

For this experiment I have chosen to work with rice bran wax. It has a very high melting point, but as the summer is around the corner, it makes the whole formulation more stable. And I think this lip balm will be very nice during the hot summer months.

Due to this wax the whole heated mixture solidifies very quickly and I don‘t need to cool it quickly in the fridge.

I have made several versions of this lip balm, and I wouldn‘t go add more than 23% of the rice bran wax. Those lip balms tend to be way too hard and cannot really be applied on the lips.

Cosmetic-waxes

1.2. Cupuacu butter

For the butter part I have tried using only cupuacu butter, but I did not like that version very much. The scent was too strong as the lip balm stays for quite a while on the lips.

Cupuacu butter

And the nose picks up that scent very well. However, if you like it, you can use only cupuacu butter. But for this reason I have used a bit of shea butter (mine is deodorized).

Shea butter add some a bit more staying power on the lips which is also neat.

If you like cupuacu butter or lip balms, here are some other formulations that you might like:

1.3. Vitamin E

Just a thing to remember, you should add vitamin E to the mixture while the beaker is still in the hot water bath.

I know that vitamin E should be added only in the cool down phase, but when this formula reaches 40°C / 104°F – it is already solid. So this is why we add it just before pouring. In this way you can disperse the antioxidant well.

2. Cupuacu lip balm recipe and formula

Phase A

2.72 g | 17 % Rice bran wax

3.2 g | 20 % Cupuacu butter

7.6 g | 47.5 % Macadamia nut oil

2.08 g | 13 % Shea butter

Phase B

0.08 g | 0.5 % Vitamin E

This makes 16 g of the product or 3 lip balm tubes (5 g).

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3. PROCESS

  1. Weigh all ingredients into a beaker except for a vitamin E.
  2. Heat the beaker in a water bath until everything melts through.
  3. Add vitamin E into the beaker, while it is still in a water bath. Stir well.
  4. Get the beaker out and pour the mixture into lip balm containers.
  5. Let it cool.
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4. MAKING SUBSTITUTIONS

  • You can use other wax instead of rice bran wax. Sunflower wax would probably be a good choice. Or a blend of candelilla and carnauba waxes.

  • You can use mango butter instead of shea butter. Other options would be kokum butter, sal butter. Or use only cupuacu butter.

  • I wouldn‘t use an alternative for a cupuacu butter as it is very unique. But cocoa butter, kokum butter would also be good options.

  • You can use another oil of your choice. I would go for a rather cheap, heat insensitive oil.

  • You can scent it even more if you like by adding essential oils or fragrance oils. Add it instead of liquid oil.

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5. application and perception

Apply lip balm whenever you need. It smells wonderful and will cheer you up.

UPDATE: I actually ended up really liking the version with only cupuacu butter. When I used the one with shea butter I always felt the taste of shea butter. And I now understand that I don’t really like it. 

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