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Finally, a solution to my chapped lip woes: Homemade chapsticks!!  Here’s a homemade chapstick recipe that is all-natural, simple, and easy to make.

Homemade Chapstick Recipe

After solving my dry skin problems with simple, homemade coconut oil lotions and coconut oil sugar scrubs, making my own chapsticks seemed like the obvious solution to my problem with dry, chapped lips.

I searched high and low for a simple homemade chapstick recipe and found one on Passionate Homemaking.  Yes, the recipe calls for beeswax and shea butter – two items that I have never purchased before – but I decided to take the plunge and order them from  And I’m so glad that I did!

I decided to make peppermint-flavored chapsticks by adding peppermint essential oil from Wyndmere Naturals.  (If you’re new to essential oils, they’re simply highly concentrated extracts from the aromatic parts of plants.)  I love how the peppermint makes my lips tingle.  The flavor is subtle but refreshing.  While I love my peppermint chapsticks, I’m dying to experiment with other flavor combinations, like cinnamon, gingerlime, and mint-rosemary.  (Peppermintorange was also recommended by my good friend over at

Not only are my lips softer and smoother than ever before, but this homemade chapstick recipe is so much cheaper than what you’ll find at the drug store.  (Each chapstick costs less than $1 to make!)  I went ahead and designed labels that you can print on address label paper and stick to your chapsticks too.

Like all of my recipes and DIY projects, this homemade chapstick recipe is super easy to make!  If you take the plunge and buy these ingredients, I promise you’ll never look back.

Homemade Chapstick Recipe

Yields: 10, .15oz homemade chapsticks


  • 2 tablespoons beeswax (1oz) (I bought organic beeswax from Amazon.)
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter (1oz) (I bought African shea butter from Amazon.)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (1oz) (I bought organic virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe’s.  You can also buy a 2-pack on Amazon and use the extra to make my coconut oil sugar scrubs or coconut oil lotions.)
  • 1/4 tsp or 25 drops of essential oil (I used peppermint essential oil.)
  • Medicine syringe (I used one that came with my daughter’s medicine, but you can also buy a cheap Safety First Syringe on Amazon.)
  • 10 chapstick containers (I bought clear lip balm containers from Amazon, but I’m tempted to buy hot pink, baby pink, or lime ones in the future.)
  • Address label paper to print labels, optional (I used address label paper compatible with the Avery 5160 address label template)


  1. In a small saucepan, melt beeswax over low heat.
  2. Add coconut oil and shea butter, and stir until melted.
  3. Add essential oil.
  4. With the pan still on the stovetop, use your medicine syringe to fill your chapstick containers with about one teaspoon (5ml) of the melted liquid.  (You need to keep the pan on the stovetop because the melted liquid will cool and harden very quickly if it’s off the stove.)
  5. Once the chapsticks harden, add a few more drops of the melted liquid to each chapstick tube so it’s is filled to the top.  Take your time to make sure your tops look pretty and rounded.  (I rushed this step and some of my chapstick tops turned out better than others.)
  6. Let your chapsticks cool completely, and then add their caps.
  7. Label with printable labels (optional).

{Free Printable Labels}

Enjoy, and share with family and friends!


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10 years ago

syringe is a great idea!!! When I make them I’ve been pouring and hoping for the best and wind up with an awful mess all over my counters 🙂

Next time!!

Carly Pizzani
10 years ago

This would be a great holiday gift! I wish I was craftier (or more motivated to be crafty!!). Pinning this. 🙂

brian k cummings
brian k cummings
10 years ago

I really love your posts and ideas. Thanks for sharing-Brian

10 years ago

How does the balm not harden in the syringe? I have tried something similar with a dropper, but it just hardened in the tube.


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10 years ago

Could I substitute coca butter for shea? It is just my personal favorite and I sub it in my deodorant because it has such a light smell.