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Chapstick Recipe

Chapstick Recipe

My love of chapstick goes back to elementary school and a tube of grape chapstick.  To this day I still place chapstick strategically around the house (by the bed, in my purse, on the kitchen counter) so I never have to go long between applications.  Over the past decades I’ve spent a small fortune on it, especially as I’ve grown more aware of quality and ingredient lists.  A few years back I attempted to hone the perfect recipe but I never got it quite right.  Some were too waxy, others clumpy, some just tasted weird.  Eventually I went back to store bought brands.  Until this recipe that is… When I first read it, I thought “this is way too easy to be good”.  But happily I was wrong – this recipe is both extremely easy and impressively good.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…

Basic Chapstick Recipe (Time: 15 min hands on + 1 hour to set)



  • Clean lip balm tubes or tins totaling approximately 1/2 ounce (I re-use my old tubes by wiping them out with a small cloth or Q-tip and then swabbing again with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol)
  • Saucepan
  • Pyrex liquid measuring cup (heatproof glass)


  • Fill a small saucepan with a couple inches of water and bring to a low boil.
  • Pour the olive oil and beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup (make sure it’s heatproof glass)
  • Place the measuring cup into the simmering saucepan to create a makeshift double boiler.  Stir occasionally until the wax melts
  • Remove from heat, add the essential oil, stir and pour into your tubes/tins (do this step pretty quick or the balm will start to harden on you)
  • Let the mixture cool for at least an hour, then put the caps on and you’re done!

Use: As needed on your lips or anywhere else that feels chapped!


  • This recipe was formulated for chapstick tubes which require a firm product.  If you are using tins, or if you just like gooier chapstick, increase the olive oil accordingly.  Olive oil to beeswax ratios typically range from approximately 3:1 for a firm balm to 7:1 for a very soft balm.
  • If you don’t have a heatproof liquid measuring cup, you can heat this directly in a small saucepan just keep the heat on low or medium-low.  The texture won’t be as smooth but you’ll still get a nice product.
  • If you get finished and decide your chapstick is too firm, too soft or doesn’t have enough flavor – don’t fret!  Just scoop it back into the measuring cup and melt it back down.  Add olive oil if it’s too firm, beeswax if it’s too soft and a drop or two of essential oil for more flavor.
  • This chapstick is best used within 6 months or so.


For additional DIY bath and body recipes, please see:

If you need help finding some of the supplies in this recipe, see my post on where to find the most common skincare ingredients:

This recipe was inspired by the book Making It by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen: .  After years of searching, their super basic recipe showed me the way to my dream chapstick:)  This book is a great read, filled with useful and straight forward DIY recipes for the home and body.  I highly recommend it!

Photo Credit: Lip balm, a photo by the Italian voice on Flickr.

6 Responses to “Chapstick Recipe”

  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the share!

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  5. Julie says:

    Love this! I’m sitting here with chapped lips and excited to try it.

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