making chapstick

When the weather gets cooler my mind turns not only to knitting but also to making body products. I made chapstick already last year, but wasn’t overly happy with the recipe, so I tried a different one this year.

I used:
20% beeswax
25% coconut oil
15% cocoa butter
40% olive oil

No coloring, no scent, no smell. I actually like the faint smell of beeswax :) I was aiming for three or four tubes worth of chapstick and eyeballed the quantity. Now I’m not that good with numbers, so eyeballing was probably not the best idea in the first place. I made 50grams total, which turned out way too much (mental note: make only 25grams next year!) and ended up giving away the extra tubes to my work colleagues.

The process is very simple: 1. Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter in a boiling water bath.

2. Add the coconut oil and the olive oil (return to double boiler briefly if the beeswax solidifies again).

3. Pour it into the empty chapstick tubes and let it cool down.

Done! A great and simple chapstick to protect your lips from the cold in the coming months, without artificial flavorings, colorings, preservatives etc. Since you’re only dealing with oil there is no need for preservatives. I only use my chapstick for a couple of months before making new one though.

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66 thoughts on “making chapstick

    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Rachel! I can really recommend making this, it only takes a couple of minutes and you end up with enough chaptstick for the whole winter :) I LOVE your blog btw, I don’t think I’ve ever commented but I’ve been reading it for ages :)

    1. Julie

      If you have bought chapstick and it is getting empty, you can always reuse those containers as well! I just clean them out with a toothbrush and let them dry before refilling.

  1. tidytipsy

    Thanks Neus and Ana, it is a really simple process, takes about 10 minutes all in all!
    Ana, I get the chapstick tubes locally from a shop that sells soapmaking and other craft supplies. You should be able to get something similar online though.

    1. kewlchic

      Do you have more exact measurements? I would like to make them as part of my girlfriends Christmas goody bags but would like to have better idea of the amount of ingredients to purchase. Thanks!

  2. Neus

    Good morning! About your comment in my blog I didn’t know any of the girls before! But they turned to be so nice!!
    And about my Wiksten dress, I wish I had lengthen the pattern. In fact yesterday I was wearing it at work and it was feeling like…ohh I want 4 cm more!

    1. tidytipsy

      It sure looked like a fun time, how did you guys meet then? I like longer dresses as well, I don’t feel comfortable in the fashionable short skirts and dresses, so when possible I lengthen them up to 7 cm!

  3. Rachel

    If you melt the oils first the butter and wax should just melt right in right? And then you wouldn’t have to worry about the beeswax solidifying again? I have been making my own salves for my eczema and I heat the oil and extras next and beeswax last. Great recipe! I love making my own body products, thanks for sharing!

  4. Donna

    Where do you buy the bees wax coconut oil and cocoa butter? Would love to make these for my girls as a gift. Found the tubes online but, you had to buy way too many.

    1. tidytipsy

      Donna, I buy them from a german online-shop. Have a look at shops that sell soapmaking supplies, you should be able to get all the oils and butters there!

  5. Maggie

    How soft is it when it’s done?
    I’ve been looking for a good recipe for making the little Carmex-y-tiny-container-spread-it-with-a-finger ones.

    1. tidytipsy

      Mh, hard to describe…it’s pretty hard, but it melts at your body heat, so it should be usable for tins to spread with a finger as well.

  6. Dorena

    Great Idea. I’m looking for two things: 1) simmering potpouri recipe and 2) coffee/sugar scrub using fresh coffee grounds (not used). Any ideas? Thanks!

    1. tidytipsy

      Hi Dorena, nope sorry, I haven’t seen a recipe for either. Have you tried googling and looking through pinterest?

    2. Delores

      I make salt and sugar scrubs using almond oil for the sugar and sunflower oil for the salt. I use the widemouth jars so you can get your hand in them. I pour to salt or sugar in the jar and after mixing some essesential oil, I just pour until it is full. I mix epsom salts and Koshar salt for the salt scrubs and a various sugars for the surgar scrubs.

    1. tidytipsy

      Definitely! That’s what I love about making soap and other products, you know exactly what goes in there and can use quality ingredients.

  7. Jessica

    Thanks for the DIY, Kristina! I have been meaning to make chapstick for some time. I try to use products that have as few ingredients as possible, so your tutorial is perfect. I may have to add peppermint oil to a tube because I love peppermint chapstick.

  8. Cici

    Can’t wait to try this! Since this winter will be financially tight, I will now have cute little chapsticks for everyone. Any ideas on how to decorate the tubes?

  9. tidytipsy

    @ Lily and Jessica, you could definitely add a couple of drops of peppermint oil or any other essential oil to the mix, I wouldn’t use more than 2 or 3 to try first though.
    @ Aaria and Carey, thanks for your comments, have fun making :))
    @ Cici, you could print out little labels with a fancy name and the ingredients and wrap them around the tubes. It takes some trying out to get the right printing size etc. but it looks great, I’ve done that before :)

  10. Ira

    Thank you for the great recipe! It’s really amazing!
    I hate non-natural chapsticks, so I use honey instead of them. But it’s so uncomfortable to bring honey with you in bag, everything became soiled in it!
    So I love your easy and amazing idea! And certainly will try it!

    Hope you will not mind if I tell about this idea in my blog (it’s russian language) and use your pictures. Sure, I will give a link to this post.

  11. tashach

    Such a good idea!! But where do you get the empty chapstick tubes from? I usually vaseline but what a nice cheap alternative – maybe you could also use rose-water or aloe-vera as well in the mixture (for preference obvs)

  12. J J bo

    ooooooommmmmmmmgggggggggg this was sooooooooo amazing i found that if u mix 2 tbsp. of vaseline and 1 1/2 tsp. of cherry juce and let it sit in a bottle (put the bottle in boiling water 4 5 min. then pour it in with your mixture then it is like cherry chapstick :)

  13. tidytipsy

    @tashah, I bought my tubes locally, but you should be able to find them online.
    @all I’m loving the suggestions for adding rose water, cherry juice etc to this recipe. Let me know how it works out if you try it!
    Just a word of caution though: If you add anything water-based to this you’ll need to add preservatives as well, The bacteria in the water would get the chapstick to spoil in a matter of days (you might not see it but the bacteria will multiply quickly and you wouldn’t want to use chapstick full of harmful bacteria!).

  14. sarah

    I have no idea why, but for some reason these natural chapsticks are drying out my lips like crazy!! This is the second one i’ve tried. Any ideas as to why? I usually use vaseline by itself, but i’d like to go a more earth friendly route.

    1. Leeann Friesen Smith

      Petroleum products often can be the cause of drying out the lips. Also, added ingredients like menthol, eucalyptus, and other strong oils can cause dryness. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, because even mild dehydration can cause dryness. And I’ve even read to put a layer of honey on your lips before bed – it is antibacterial, antiviral and ultra hydrating. Just don’t lick it off!!! Hope this helps :)

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  16. artzent

    Thanks for the step by step instructions. Now I think that I can do this and will not have to depend on store bought any more. No contaminants ! Great!

  17. Marcel

    Hello Kristina
    Love the recipe.
    I am getting a website together called
    Its about creating awareness for toxins in cosmetics, buying smarter and offering home made recipes as an alternative.
    This recipe is great and, with your permission, I would like to add it to my site … with full acknowledgement to you as the contributor.
    I would like to use the photos and your text and I will add some of my own text to make it a full article of around 600 words.
    Nothing for you to do … I will do everything.
    Look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind regards
    PS – I have added some recipes to the site already. You may wish to see them here
    (I could not find a contact address on this page – this is why I am using comments. Hope it is/was OK)

        1. Kristina

          Hi Marcel, now they work for me too. Strange. Nice site, and you’re welcome to use my blog post. Just note that the original recipe is from another site (I linked it in the text). The elephant story is amazing!! Have a great time in Malawi!

  18. Jayce

    hi do you know if you can add like different flavors such as mint? And could you do a sugar lip scrub :) thanks i really want to try this

    1. Kristina

      Hi Jayce, I’m sure you can use peppermint oil.Just 1 or 2 drops should be enough and I don’t know if it will be safe to use it for weeks and weeks without a preservative.

    1. Jesse

      You can use Gulf wax. It’s found in the canning or baking aisles at the supermarket. It’s usually used to seal mason jars when u make preserves but can be used in place of beeswax if needed.

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  21. Viola

    I have just started making my own homemade chapstick and although my husband and family really like it I do have a question. How do you get it into the tubes without making a big mess. I’ve tried using an eye dropper and it got hard before I could squeeze it into the tube. Then I used a very small funnel and same firmed up and plugged the hole in the funnel. There must be an easier way and I am just not getting it. Thanks everyone for all the information. I learn a lot from all the posts.

  22. Leeann Friesen Smith

    Hobby Lobby has the chapstik containers. I made this type of recipe into bars, using equal parts beeswax, coconut oil and almond oil, and poured it into molds. Then I popped out the bars and use them on my lips, and any skin irritations. Did you know coconut oil and honey both have antibacterial properties?

    1. Kristina

      Thanks Leeann, I hope this helps some commenters find the containers :) I knew about honey, but coconut oil has antibacterial properties as well?

  23. Madie

    This Is so brilliant. I can’t wait to try it. Do you use exact measurements? If so, what are they cause i would like to have a better idea of how much supplies to buy. Thanks

    1. Kristina

      Thanks Madie. I think 25 grams total is a good quantity, so then you break down the components to that (25% of 25grams and so on).

  24. Elizabeth

    Could I try to use instead of olive oil not refined sunflower oil? It smells so amaizing … like the fresh sunflower!

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