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How to Make Lip Balm

Learn how to make lip balm that works like a dream!
containers of homemade lip balm with beeswax on a wooden board

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Learn how to make lip balm that works like a dream! This homemade chapstick recipe uses only five ingredients and can be made in just a few minutes.
 
containers of homemade lip balm with beeswax on a wooden board

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If you’re the kind of person who has at least two backup chapsticks, you’re going to LOVE this homemade lip balm recipe. It’s ready in a flash and uses only healthy ingredients that are easy to find.

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Pro Tips:

  • 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 the oils to the containers, you’ll want to stir with a toothpick right after you’ve incorporated the melted mixture, before the mixture sets.
  • 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.
  • If you have a coconut allergy or don’t enjoy coconut smell, try subbing in all shea butter.
  • Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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How to Make Lip Balm

Learn how to make lip balm that works like a dream!
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: DIY
Servings: 20
Calories:

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour 2 cups of water in a medium pot, and fit with a double boiler. Place over medium heat on the stove.
  • Add the beeswax and shea butter, and heat until melted.
  • 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.

Notes

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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122 comments on “How to Make Lip Balm”

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

  2. I just made these and they are awesome. However, I had an issue with the honey dissolving.4 stars

  3. 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! 🙂

    ~Lisa

    • 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!5 stars

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

  9. 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’

  10. 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!