Since I adore sunflowers in general, I just had to buy some and see how it worked as a vegan option for lip balms and salves. I placed my order, it arrived in an impressively short time and then… I set it aside and forgot all about it!
It wasn’t until the other day, when we cut down a row of sunflowers to bring inside to dry, that I finally remembered my wax.
I did a quick online search to see how others were using it (not a lot of results!) and finally decided to just try it out in my regular lip balm recipe, using only a fraction of the amount than I’d normally use for beeswax. That first try turned out to be the charm!
One thing that really surprised me is how ultra white sunflower wax is. I had read that it can also have an odor, but I didn’t notice any in the type that I bought. The lip balm feels just like regular lip balm on my lips. I love it!
For my recipe, I used sunflower oil that I had infused with dried sunflower petals; however, plain sunflower oil (or another light carrier oil such as olive or sweet almond) will work fine too. You can also infuse your oil with different herbs like lemon balm (for cold sores) or calendula (for chapped lips.)
Castor oil helps lip balm formulas glide on smoothly and also lends a slightly glossy finish. If you prefer a more matte look, you can try substituting it with more sunflower oil. For other substitution ideas, check out my post on How to Create Custom Homemade Lip Balms.
I bought my sunflower wax HERE at Nature’s Garden and was extremely happy with their fast shipping and quality of products. (Note: I wasn’t paid to say that and this isn’t an affiliate link – I’m just a happy customer!)
Sunflower Lip Balm
This small batch size only fills 3 or 4 lip balm tubes. Double, triple or quadruple the recipe as needed.
- 3/4 teaspoon sunflower wax
- 1/2 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1/4 teaspoon castor oil
Add all ingredients to a heat proof measuring cup or jar. Set the cup down into a saucepan filled with a few inches of water, creating a double boiler of sorts. Place over a medium-low burner until everything is melted together.
If you’d like to test the texture before pouring, pop a metal spoon in the freezer for a minute then pull it out and dip it directly into the melted lip balm. It should cool and harden immediately. Dab a bit on your lips and see how you like the feel. You can add more wax or oil at this point to adjust hardness level.
Once you’re satisfied with the result, remove the cup from the pan, wiping off any water so that none drips into your lip balm. If you’d like to add a few drops of essential oils for scent & flavor, do so now. Good choices include: peppermint, spearmint, or (sweet) orange. Carefully pour the hot mixture into tubes or small containers.
Shelf life on lip balm is usually 9 months to a year, depending on how well it’s stored. You can extend this by adding a few drops of vitamin E or rosemary antioxidants to the recipe.