Despite my overflowing ingredients cupboard, and all the wonderful oils and butters that I love, there’s only so much room in my purse (I don’t have one the size of a puppy carrier). So, if something makes it into my purse, that’s pretty special.


Cupuacu butter is the only skin moisturizer I carry in my purse. I might throw a tube of lotion in there on occasion, but capuacu butter has a permanent home there. It’s great stuff.


Unlike some butters that can be quite greasy or sticky on the skin, and stay that way for ages (I’m looking at you, unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada)), cupuacu absorbs quickly, leaving a silky smooth finish in very little time. It’s what I want when my hands need a serious dose of moisture.


Related to cocoa butter, it has a scent that I describe as like a combination between cocoa butter and cheese. So, yeah… it doesn’t smell super awesome, but I don’t care. It has saved my hands from painful, awful dryness this winter. And you can’t smell it at all in this lip balm.


So, naturally, as I drove back from a day at the ski hill with a pair of newly sunburnt lips (I always forget about that snow reflection!), I wanted cupuacu for my dry, irritated lips. This lip balm definitely does the trick.


Cupuacu Lip Balm

4g | 0.14oz beeswax
5g | 0.17oz cupuacu butter
3g | 0.1oz cocoa butter
8g | 0.28oz sweet almond oil (USA / Canada)
1g | 0.01oz Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
5 drops peppermint essential oil

Weigh the beeswax, capuacu butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil (USA / Canada), and Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) out into a heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in a pot of barely simmering water to melt the oils.

Stir in the peppermint essential oil using a flexible silicone spatula. Pour the melted lip balm into four lip balm tubes and let cool. I like to use these labels to label my projects.

Don’t have the carrier oils called for in the recipe? Read this for a guide on how to choose appropriate alternatives.

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