If you’ve ever used an all natural beeswax lip balm like Burts Bees you know how amazing it can be on your lips, and how expensive it can be. Making your own is much cheaper and you control what goes in it!
This DIY beeswax chapstick recipe is easy to make and costs less than 50 cents a tube, with the tube or container, which can be reused!
You can even color your lip balms if you want the fancy tinted kind. Just remember to use natural food-derrived colors or actual foods like cinnamon, cocoa powder, etc.
Scent and flavor variations are fun too! You could replace the shea butter with some cocoa butter, add a little cocoa powder and orange oil (omit the peppermint) and you’d have a lovely chocolate orange lip balm. We made a few with grapefruit oil instead of the peppermint and the scent is so refreshing. We love it!
For reference there is a supplies list with links under the recipe! Below that is a video showing you exactly how it can be made.
- 1 T Beeswax
- 3 T Coconut Oil
- 2 1/2 t Shea Butter
- 5 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 4 drops of Rosemary Oil
- 8-10 drops of Peppermint Oil
- 15-16 chapstick tubes
- Set a glass measuring up with a spout into a sauce pan with an inch of water in it. Melt the wax, coconut oil and shea butter over medium heat.
- Remove from heat and quickly stir in the Vitamin E and essential oils.
- Carefully pour into tubes or small tins.
- Let cool.
- You can substitute your favorite essential oil or blend of oils for the peppermint oil, but don't replace the rosemary oil. Rosemary oil helps keep bacteria from growing, keeping your tube of chapstick fresh longer!
Supplies Needed for DIY Chapstick
If you don’t have these on hand already, buying them all at once can be pricey. Remember you will use very small amounts of each of these and you’ll have tons leftover to make more goodies later!
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Beeswax – Honestly? I just cut a piece off a homemade candle my mom made, melted it down and pulled out the wick, but if you don’t have some on hand, these beeswax beads melt quickly and are easy to measure out.
Coconut Oil – You can use any coconut oil, but let me tell you, this stuff is AMAZING and smells and feels so much better than the stuff I get at the grocery store for cooking with. So worth it.
Shea Butter – This stuff is hard and funny looking and smells a little strange (I expected it to smell sweet and edible!) but mixed with the other ingredients it’s amazing on your skin!
Vitamin E Oil – I love that this particular brand comes in a bottle with a dropper. E-Oil is thick and goupy and hard to measure. This makes it easy.
Essential Oils – Contact me to find out where I get my oils and how you can buy them at wholesale prices!
Lip Balm Tubes – You can put your balm in anything, but these little tubes make it super easy to dispense and if you’re making it to give as gifts, people appreciate something easy and mess free!
Jendi & her girls used the recipe above to make lip balm for the very first time. They recorded it to share with you:
Have you ever made your own lip balm? We’d love to hear your favorite ingredients!