DIY Shea Butter & Vitamin E Lip Balm

This lip balm recipe is incredibly simple. I usually make my lip balm with a combination of beeswax, coconut oil, and cocoa butter, but wanted to try something a little different.

This recipe uses vitamin E softgels, shea butter, and beeswax. If you want something simpler, you could even substitute the vitamin E for more shea butter or a different type of oil, but I liked wanted it in the recipe since vitamin E is so healing to the skin.

This recipe makes a ton of lip balm- 16 tubes, though making that many tubes is unnecessary if you don’t have that many empty lip balm tubes. Excess can be put into a small container or tin. We have all the ingredients available at the store, including lip balm tubes.



1 2oz. bar of beeswax

3 tbs. NOW Foods shea butter

2tsp. vitamin E oil*

40 drops essential oil (I used Simpler’s Botanicals lavender oil)

*Note: I used Solgar’s 400IU vitamin E softgels to make this lipbalm, though we do have liquid vitamin E at the store. It took me 13 softgels to make 2 tsp.


Assemble all ingredients before starting, and have all the lip balm containers opened and laid out, since the melted mixture needs to be poured before it begins to cool and solidify.

Melt the beeswax in a small pan over medium low heat.

Once the beeswax is almost entirely melted, add the cocoa butter.

When the beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, remove from the heat and add the vitamin E oil and essential oils, stirring until combined.

Pour the mixture into a glass Pyrex measuring container and carefully pour into each of the empty lip balm tubes.

Leave the tubes uncovered until the mixture becomes solid.

If desired, when the lip balm is completely solid, you can turn the lip balm a couple millimeters above the edge of the tube, cutting off the tops with a knife to make a flat top (the tops of the tubes solidify a bit concave in the center).