Balm & Salve Recipes

Shea Lip Balm 

(Randi's Recipe)


Shea lip balm is a nice hard balm that doesn't leave a gloss feel on the lips, so it's perfect for men. It can be flavoured or unflavoured depending on your preference. I'll tell you how to do both.

Equipment needed:


  • Double boiler (I personally refuse to do anything like this in the microwave... the heat is uneven and it kills all the vitamins and minerals in the ingredients. If you prefer, you can use the microwave.)
  • Something to stir your balm (I use a stainless steel utensil as it can be sterilized).
  • Scale (all measurements are in weight, so use a scale, liquid measurements aren't as precise).
  • Thermometer
  • Lip Balm Tubes (Approximately 20)
  • (Optional) Lip Balm Labels
  • (Optional)Shrink Bands


Hemp & Shea Lip Balm that Jen and I made and decided to try to swirl mica throughout. It worked out well.


Recipe (makes approximately 100 grams of product or 20 lip balm tubes, not suitable for lip balm pots as it is too hard):

  • 35 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil (or any other oil that absorbs relatively quickly such as sweet almond, apricot kernel, soy bean, or sunflower).
  • 28 grams Shea Butter (I use natural shea, it has more minerals than the refined... some people find the refined easier to work with though).
  • 14 grams Jojoba Oil Golden (the jojoba adds a little more slip to it and makes it less waxy).
  • 28 grams Beeswax (I use the premium gold... it has many soothing properties).
  • 1 gram Vitamin E (Used as an antioxidant to prolong the life of the balm, also has skin soothing properties).
  • 10 drops Lavender Essential oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (I use the USA Mentha piperita, but any peppermint will do, it provides that cooling sensation on your lips that most people like).
  • (Optional) 4 grams Natural Flavour (used in place of the essential oils).




  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler, do not overheat.
  2. Add oils and butter, stir until melted.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Place the thermometer in the balm (keeping it in the middle). Let cool to 110F so that the Vitamin E, essential oils and flavour do not flash (disappear).
  5. Add Essential Oils, Flavour and Vitamin E.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Pour into lip balm tubes. Do not cap.
  8. When cool, close lid tightly, label and shrink wrap.


If you want a softer balm.... add more oil or less beeswax, a firmer balm... less oil or more beeswax. It does take trial and error to get it the consistency that you want. You can always check it, by taking some out and placing it on a clean cool surface. It will cool quickly. This is another reason why a double boiler is nicer, you can control the temperature for longer periods of time and have more play time.

Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe

Courtesy of Maple Creek Soapworks


  • 1.5 oz beeswax
  • 1.5 oz avocado oil
  • 1.5 oz fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 oz shea butter
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • ½ to ¾ tsp peppermint essential oil


(Makes about 30 tubes of balm)

Calendula Salve

(Randi's Recipe)

Many people ask me for my recipe for the Baby Butt Balm. I have decided to share it. It can be made three different ways, it depends on your patience and how much effort you wish to put into it. I personally start from scratch, but I can also do the work for you.  

Part 1 : Infusing the oil (see instruction for method 1 or 2 for aerial plant parts).

Or use:   Method 3 (Easiest):

Follow this link. Buy the already made oil. Easy, isnt it?


Part 2: Making the Balm


Materials Needed:

  • 58.8 grams Calendula oil (from one of the three above methods)
  • 11.2 grams Pure Natural Beeswax (although White will work).  I use our premium gold.
  • 8.4 grams Jojoba Oil
  • 6 drops Lavender Essential Oil   I prefer the Fine French High Altitude lavender for it's superior properties (it is considered a true lavender as it is grown at high altitudes).
  • 6 drops Carrot Seed Essential oil
  • 400IU Vitamin E - equivalent to 0.8 grams of our Vitamin E
  • Thermometer- candy or fryer thermometer works
  • Metal Tins and/or Glass Jars
    1. Melt beeswax in double boiler (do not use a microwave as it may kill all the effective ingredients in your oils and beeswax).
    2. Add the Calendula and Jojoba oil.
    3. Stir until melted... watch closely, you don't want to heat it too much.
    4. Once melted, remove from heat source. Let sit for awhile to cool.
    5. Add Essential oils and Vitamin E (adding at too high of a temperature will kill all the therapeutic properties.)
    6. Stir.
    7. Pour into containers.
    8. Let cool.
    9. Close and seal containers.

Makes approximately 4oz (114 grams) of product.

Un-petroleum Jelly

(I cannot say where i orginally got this recipe as I really do not remember. That being said, it is posted all over the net, and variations of it.  It's a great basis for many balms and salves.  I apologize that it is not in gm measurements. ~ Randi)


  • 1 cup oil (your choice)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 100IU Vitamin E per ounce of oils can be added as an antioxidant to prolong shelf life.

Melt oil and beeswax together. Pour into containers, let cool.

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