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Easy Homemade Chapstick

Easy Homemade Chapstick that takes a whopping 15 minutes to make. Great for every day, amazing for holiday gifts!
Homemade chapstick
Homemade chapstick owns my heart. I can’t emphasize enough how much I need chapstick around me. Constantly. I have them stashed all around the house to make sure I’m not away from the precious stuff. My purse has a chapstick and a backup chapstick.
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And you know what else?  This homemade chapstick makes an easy holiday gift.  We’re talking 15 minutes from start to clean-up.  You can do this. Homemade chapstick has been a game changer for me, and I hope you love it as much as I do!
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Homemade chapstick
Easy Homemade Chapstick

Easy Homemade Chapstick that takes a whopping 15 minutes to make. Great for every day and amazing for holiday gifts!

Course: DIY
Servings: 20
Author: Sarah
  • 1/4 cup cosmetics grades beeswax
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
  1. Pour 2 cups of water in a medium pot, and fit with a double boiler. Place over medium heat on the stove.

  2. Add the beeswax and shea butter, and heat until melted.

  3. Add the coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and honey and stir with a spoon you plan to only use for working with beeswax. Heat until the coconut oil has melted. Pour into your containers of choice, and allow at least 15 minutes to cool.

  4. If you want to "flavor" this, you have two options. You can add essential oils to the double boiler when everything is melted, or you can add a few drops of essential oil into your container. If adding them in the containers, you'll want to stir with a toothpick right after you've incorporated the melted mixture.

    For a harder chapstick, you'll want to go a bit heavy on the beeswax. For a softer chapstick, add a bit more sweet almond oil.

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Easy Homemade Chapstick that takes a whopping 15 minutes to make. Great for every day, amazing for holiday gifts!

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  1. Can you tell me exact proportions?

    • do you need to use beeswax? Or can you just do berry juice and coconut oil please advise thank you.

      • Beeswax would create a chapstick like mixture. Never heard of using berry juice, but just coconut oil would make it pretty greasy. And it would be melted in the summer.

  2. Yolanda, I don’t measure. I’m what my family calls a “dump cook”. I did a “double” batch above. For a smaller batch, I would say maybe 4 tblsp of beeswax, 10 tblsp of coconut oil, and 3-4 tblsp of honey. for the essential oils if you use them (I don’t because it dries out my lips), maybe 25 (ish) drops?

  3. Thank you! I am a “dump cook” too, but I have had only a small amount of experience with beeswax and have no idea how much to use to make this stiff enough. I will try it! After I round up some suitable containers. 🙂

    • I use the tiny little travel jars from Walmart (travel section of toiletries)… they come in 2 packs and are perfect for lip-balms. I made my children some too and they don’t fight over who’s is who’s because the jars are their favorite colors.

  4. Dump cooks feed the world! That needs to be needlepointed on a pillow.

    I forgot to mention that the measurements were of the items in “hard” form for the beeswax and coconut oil. For the beeswax, a little goes a long way. If you want the chapstick more like vaseline, go very light on the wax.

    The silver tins are from an amazon purchase I made last year, and the glass jars are from Sunburst Bottle Company. They’re about $.80 each I think. It’s hard to tell by the photo, but they’re pretty big!

  5. What do you think about an empty (very clean) old glue stick? Or even an old chapstick case? So it would be more like a “Chapstick”? Do you think that would work? Can’t wait to make this, by the way, because I am addicted to chap stick!!

    • I think it would work great! I would probably lean towards trying it with a chapstick container before a gluestick, but that is just me.

      I’d love to hear if it turns out. Please check back and let me know if you end up making it!

    • Mrs.N. check on line under chapstick tubes and you will find where you can purchase brand new tubes to fill with your own chapstick fairly inexpensively.

  6. Sarah, I LOVE your lip balm and solid lotion recipes! Just made my first batch this morning, and gave you props on my blog 😉

  7. where do you buy beeswax?

  8. Where did you get the jars?

    • Those ones were from Sunburst bottling company. They sell wholesale prices. I’ve seen them at the fabric store as well for about $1.00. If you have a Joanns, and a ton of coupons, they’d be the same price as Sunburst.

    • super timely response but… thought you might like to keep an eye out for those little glass jars that jellies come in from popular holiday baskets. My in-laws bring them back for the kids form hotels and when they go on holiday. The kids think the personal size is fun and I reuse the jars for all sorts of fun stuff. Freecycle postings also yield these!
      Good Luck!

  9. Just made this today and had an issue with the honey and wax separating. Any clue as to what might have gone wrong? Thanks!

    • Did it separate once the chapstick cooled, or before? I’ve made tons of these, and I had one container separate (the other from the same batch didn’t separate at all). Shoot me an email and we can troubleshoot it.

    • I have a recipe very similar to this and have never had a problem with the honey separating because I add the honey as the mixture begins to cool, just before it gets impossible to pour. I add my flavorings/essential oils at this point as well.

  10. Made this today and my honey seperated also. All the honey came out in the last jar. Any ideas?

  11. Can you kindly share what was the root cause for the separation so others do not repeat it? I’d love to try this as I too am a chapstickhalic. 🙂

  12. Where did you get the container to put it in?

    • The glass containers with the white lid came from sunburst bottling company. I’ve purchased from them before for my vanilla extract gift bottles. Good company, but you have to order before they tell you the shipping cost which is weird.

      The metal tins (which are my personal favorite) are from Amazon.

  13. My honey also would not blend in. it stayed at the bottom of the pot. I bought my beeswax from Amazon and used a good raw honey. Can I fix this batch or try again and start over.

  14. Sarah – love your products. Just an fyi to make your measurements easier, 4 tablespoons is the same as 1/4 cup. I noticed on one recipe you listed one ingredient as 1/4 cup and another as 4 Tbsp. As for things not blending in, I have found it takes a while to get honey warm enough to blend in; because it is so liquid, it looks blended in but it is not really MELTED together. Have to be patient! Keep up the good work.

  15. is there a difference between Coconut oil and Coconut Extract? i grabbed extract without thinking and i’m not sure if it will do the job. Thoughts?

    • Yep. Coconut extract is probably a coconut flavoring, but coconut oil is actually a fat used in cooking. You can find it on Amazon, or in the cooking oil section, usually by olive oils.

      • Do u have to use coconut oil or can it be substituted w/ a different oil, like jojoba oil or something else? I really dislike coconut smell & flavor.

      • Expeller-pressed coconut oil doesn’t smell like coconut and doesn’t have any coconut taste. I’m sure you can replace it with another oil, but make sure it is one that can be used for something edible.

  16. Cannot wait to try this! I’m also addicted to chapstick and love three idea of making my own! Coconut oil, vinegar and honey have been my bffs all summer long, can’t wait to look at some of your other recipes! All of my sentences have ended in exclamation points!

  17. Thank You! Lucky for me I have bees and an unlimited supply of beeswax. I am a Southern girl, we never measure in the kitchen

  18. Hello my name is Vanessa and I am also a chapstick adict.I keep them in every bag, room and drawer in my home. I really want to try this but I don’t know where I can buy beeswax in my town.

  19. In your edited version you say 1/3 cup wax and 1/4 cup coconut oil….in the comment section one or two down, you reversed the numbers…which is correct? Thanks – looks great!!

    • Bernie, it depends on how you want them to “set”. If you want a softer “gloss”, more coconut oil and less wax. If you want a harder true “chapstick”, you’d want more wax and less coconut oil. It’s not a perfect formula; you can mix and match to your preferences.

  20. does this have to poured into glass jars? i have a bunch of plastic ones id love to use for this

  21. also curious if this could be done in a crockpot on high heat for large batches

    • The point is just to warm the oils enough to melt them, then you blend them together. You shouldn’t have a problem using a crock pot, but low heat would probably suffice. It depends on your pot – due to USDA safety regs, the newer slow cookers get significantly hotter than the old ones.

      Also, you can use plastic or glass. 🙂

  22. thank you, cause i can not find a double boiler anywhere!!! i finally ordered one off amazon, but Im anxious to try this 🙂

  23. what about using baby food jars?

  24. Well mine also separated. Can you give me a hint why and what to do about it?

  25. Hi,
    I have just discovered your site and it is awesome…lots of great ideas to try. A question about the chapstick and other things you make that have natural ingredients, are you ever worried about them turning or going bad or rancid? I have never made something natural like this and want to try but I wonder how long they last without going bad if they even do…maybe this is a dumb question but things like this roll around in my brain…lol! Thanks in advance for your response.

    • Hi, and thanks!

      My thinking is that I’ll be able to tell if something has gone bad – the smell, the look, etc. Also, honey is (I think) the only food that never goes bad. It makes me think that beeswax, a product of bees (like honey), has long-storing properties.

      I work with someone who used to make her own natural lotion. She just found some in her garage that was over 8 years old, and was still perfectly fine.

    • honey is the only food that never goes bad because it is too dense for bacteria to go and people actually can use it as a natural preservative

  26. Thanks for the recipe, however mine keeps separating even though I reheated all three batches and tried over with each one. No luck. Any suggestions?

  27. what would you suggest i use to make them different colours? would food colouring (UK) be safe?

    • From what I’ve seen online, if you want to make then tinted, use a little bit of your favorite lipstick in the mix. I haven’t done it, so I can’t really speak to it.

  28. yay, I made it!! I added a few things. My concoction consisted of beeswax, olive oil, vitamin E oil, coconut oil, scented with lemon grass as a bug repellent. So far they smell and look great. It took awhile to get the oils to mix. Thank you for sharing;)

  29. I Just wanted to comment to say THANKS for sharing this recipe. I made a batch today and I am already addicted! I’m planning on trying your lotion bar next! Cheers, Kate.

  30. I found some small jars at Hobby Lobby in with craft paints. They are 35x20mm round about the size of a carmex jar. 4 for $2.99 plus I had a coupon.

  31. I tried your recipe and found that when I melted everything together I could not get it to mix. The wax stayed at the top. The first several tubes I poured were white and waxy and the last few were gold and sticky and didn’t set. Suggestions? Are my proportions wrong?

    • You have to heat it slow and low; don’t rush allowing all the ingredients to fully incorporate. I didn’t have a problem with things mixing, so if you are, leave out the honey and see if that works better for you.

  32. Hi,

    I’m planning on making this in a couple weeks. The beeswax I have is from a health food store. I have access to local raw honey. I’ve even found a double boiler at a thrift store. Just one question…how long and at what kind of temp is “slow and low?” Would it be something like for 20 minutes at a simmer? Is there a temperature to strive for, like 100 or 140 degrees? And could I sub out some of the coconut oil so I could add part of an infused herbal oil?

    Sorry for all the questions 🙂 It’s just such a refreshingly nice recipe and I want to make it right.

    • I’ve never temped the actual mixture, but my stove goes from 0-10, and I melt this on a 5 or a 6 for about 15-20 minutes.

      If you sub out coconut oil for a more liquid oil, I’d up the beeswax ratio to make the end product more solid.

  33. Thanks so much, Sarah 🙂 I really appreciate it.

  34. I just made this! So awesome. I only used a tiny stick of wax, plus the other ingredients, and made a combination of 17 tubs and sticks. Thank you!!

  35. I just made a few batches today. Very fun craft project for my daughter and I. I too had problems with the honey so on future batches we left it out. Had fun playing with proportions of beeswax to coconut oil. We also added a couple of chunks of lipstick to add a smidge of color.
    Just wondering what was the purpose (if any) for the honey? Also, I have noticed all of my SPF 15 chapsticks had parabens in them, and one reason I made my own was to go chemical free… I still need to make some by summer with some SPF in there. Any thoughts on what to add?? thanks!! Ann

    • Coconut oil has some natural SPF to it. Hope that helps.
      Coconut oil has an amazing ability to heal the skin and block the damaging effects of UV radiation from the sun. One of the reasons why it is so effective in protecting the skin is its antioxidant properties, which helps prevent burning and oxidative damage that promotes skin cancer.

    • Look into zinc oxide for SPF 🙂 I don’t have exact measurements but I know that’s what you’re looking for

  36. I found little plastic jars at Wal Mart. About the size of a lip balm container. They are pretty solid. Do you think they hot mixture would melt them or no? They come in colors and are found in the sample size section of the pharmacy area. Packages 2 for $1.

  37. I must say, thank you soooo much!! I have spend way too much money on chapstick, especially the organic store bought for almost $4 a stick. I purchased from amazon 12 chapstick tubes and used you amount of ingredients above. I still have about half remaining. Do you think I can keep it in the jar and re-boil it when the other tubes come in?
    Thanks Again!!

  38. I’ve heard in the past “1 part beeswax to 5 or 6 parts oil.” I used both castor and almond oil in the same batch, with a tiny dollop of petroleum jelly added for a bit of that glossy feel. Comes out great. Add some lavender and vanilla essential oil, very soothing.

  39. I’ve heard in the past “1 part beeswax to 5 or 6 parts oil.” I used both castor and almond oil in the same batch, with a tiny dollop of petroleum jelly added for a bit of that glossy feel. Comes out great. Add some lavender and vanilla essential oil, very soothing.

  40. Love this!! My niece is in heaven!!! She loves it!!! I added peppermint oil and a little food coloring and it turns out wonderful!!!!

  41. Thanks for this! I am also having troubles with separation. I’ll try reheating it all super slowly, and plan to stir it a bit between each pour into the containers. I added a Tbs. of aloe gel and 5 drops each peppermint and eucalyptus oils to try and mimic my husband’s favorite chapstick (natural ice). Hopefully I’ll be back soon with a successful report!

  42. I one time bought some chap stick, and I immediately stopped using it for the taste on my lips was awful. Does this chap stick have a bad taste to it? Does adding the honey make it not have one? And is olive oil an okay substitute for coconut oil?

  43. There are 4 tablespoons in 1/4 cup. maybe this will savesomeone from having to do an extra dish : )

  44. I am wondering if there is another kind of oil you can use besides coconut because I have a severe allergy to it and have severe issues when I come in contact with it topically or orally.


  45. does it have to be coconut oil? would like to do this but am allergic to coconut oil.

    • It doesn’t have to, but you’d need to find an oil that is solid at room temperature. I’m not sure what kind of oil that would be, but it is definitely doable.

  46. I have to laugh at the measurement people. I’m Italian and happy to say this is precisely how Italians cook. We don’t do measurements. so I get the recipe. I know exactly what to do.

  47. Ordered my supplies for this…hope it turns out well. I also found this in case your readers would prefer traditional chapstick like tubes instead of jars or tins:

  48. Bulk Apothecary has lip balm jars for .18 cents each-
    They also have flavorings and a lip balm base for $10. a pound. It is premixed all you need to do is add your flavorings or any other special ingredients you would like. I have ordered from them several times and have no complaints. Shipping is fast and well packaged too.

  49. I was thinking about using beeswax pastilles and was wondering if anyone else has used them. Also I’m not to sure about the measurements, I tried to google 1/3 cup solid beeswax = how many cups beeswax pastilles and I can’t find anything.

  50. Jessica try weighing uour beeswax as opposed to measuring. Eg; 2 oz beeswax to 4-6 oz oils. So then it makes no difference if its chunks or pastilles.

  51. Thank u sooooo much for this idea! It looks AMAZING! Any ideas for creating yr own double broiler?
    Thanks again!

  52. i would like to know how long the shelf life for this is please, my daughter loves chapstick and lip gloss both. thank you

    • From my understanding, honey is the only food that never goes bad. So considering this recipe has honey, and beeswax, I can’t see this chapstick going rancid any time soon. I have some containers that have been around for at least 2 years and are fine.

  53. Love your blog~! Bookmarking!

  54. What can you put in it to get that Carmen “warming” feeling? I like it’s “healing” feeling and would like to incorporate that.

  55. What can you put in it to get that Carmen “warming” feeling? I like it’s “healing” feeling and would like to incorporate that.

  56. This may be a dumb question but is there a substitute for the beeswax? I’m very allergic but would still like to make my own chapstick. Thanks so much!

  57. Hey Hey Chapstick Addict

    Have you ever tried adding Kool Aid powder as Flavours? Been wanting to try it out just don’t know much about it

    THANKS for what looks like an Awesome ‘recipe’

  58. Learned a lot with this simple lip balm. 1). Make sure you read the directions properly.
    2) Nothing is as simple as it seems.
    3) Love my hand mixer.

    After making the proper adjustments, I ended up whipping the mixture with my handy, dandy electric hand mixer. Then used a spatula to fill my containers.

    The wax kept solidifying in the bottom. Whipping fixed that problem. However I don’t know why that happened. Any suggestions?? Also how do I get wax off my implements?

  59. Hi! this is great, but I am super allergic to coconut and almost all recipes I find like this involve coconut oil… is there anything that can be used instead?

  60. I love this, I used the little Altoids tins for mine. I also added some vicks vapor rub to the mix for camping (2 spoon full). It makes the best rub for hands and feet. I to had a mess with wax on my beaters so I put them in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 5 to 10 minutes to melt off the wax then wash in very hot water. My dish washer is great for this. Hope this helps!

  61. Can this be made to turn out as the “medicated” Chapstick? If so, do you know the ingredients? Thanks so much! Tammie

    • I’m sure it could be! No idea of the ingredients, but snag a medicated chapstick at the grocery store and check the ingredients. I’m sure there is a mixture of a few essential oils.

  62. Hi there,
    Would love to make this! I want to add vanilla to it. Would pure vanilla extract work or should I use vanilla essential oil? Thanks for your thoughts!

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  64. I was so blown away by your chap stick recipe I really want to make those as a holiday gift to my girly friends 🙂

    Can you tell me how many little containers you were able to make out of this recipe? 🙂 And where did you get your containers? 🙂

    Great job it’s really mind blowing.. Can’t wait to try it myself! 🙂


    • Hi Lisa, the containers were from Sunburst Bottle company, and Amazon. The amount it makes depends on the actual size of your containers. One batch makes enough for all my Christmas gifts for the year.

  65. I just made these and they are awesome. However, I had an issue with the honey dissolving.

  66. I was wondering if I was able to use the beeswax pellets? Would it be the same as using the block??

  67. beeswax is REALLY hard to grate if you get a large block of it. I suggest melting the whole block and dribbling it into a large bowl of ice cold water to make your own pellets.

    I used organic beeswax (local farm), and organic raw honey (also local). Subbed half the beeswax with cocoa butter, added a few drops of candy flavoring.

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  69. I think you can get little containers like that from the Dollar Store too.
    The recipe looks delicious! I’m thinking a vanilla added would be yummy.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  71. I might make the lotion bars in the future but I’d but one right now from your Etsy shop. Hint hint.