Homemade Lip Chap Recipe

Homemade Lip Chap Recipe- simple and inexpensive to make

Lip chap is a very simple item to make at home and it saves a lot of money over buying organic brands at the store. These also make a great gift item, stocking stuffer or a safe play make up for kids. I keep a lot on hand when doula-ing to give to laboring moms as hospital air can really dry out skin and lips.

Homemade lip chap uses all natural ingredients that can also be used to make dozens of other natural skin and body care recipes.

Since lip products are applied right next to the mouth and nose, I find it especially important to make sure they contain all natural ingredients, especially if children use them also. Lip chap is an incredibly easy recipe that can be customized to your preferences. I pour them in to these inexpensive lip chap containers for easy application, but re-using little jars or tins works really well too. (I had a bunch of tiny sample size jam jars that were in our room at a hotel one time and they are perfect for this as well).

If you haven’t made your own beauty products before, I’d encourage you to try it! With a lot of the same ingredients, you can make a natural lip salve, tinted lip balm or even homemade lipstick.

The basic Lip Chap recipe is below, but have fun experimenting with the oils an flavors to get the scent and flavor you like. Mint is my favorite, especially in the winter!

Homemade natural Lip Chap recipe

Lip Chap Ingredients

  • 1 part beeswax (example- 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 parts cocoa butter (example-2 tablespoons) Note: Shea Butter or Mango butter will also work
  • 2 parts coconut oil (example-2 tablespoons)
  • 20 drops of essential oil of choice (or more or less to your preference) I use 20+ drops of peppermint essential oil for a cooling and refreshing lip chap.

DIY Lip Chap Instructions

  1. Put about an inch of water in the bottom of a small pan and turn on medium heat.
  2. Place a small (pint size or smaller) jar in the water, being careful not to get in water inside the jar.
  3. Place all ingredients except the essential oils inside the glass jar and slowly melt, making sure not to get any water in jar. I use 2 tablespoons each of the butter(s) and coconut oil and 1 tablespoons of beeswax. This fills about 18 tubes.
  4. When all ingredients are melted, stir well and turn off heat, but leave jar in the water to keep warm.
  5. Stir in the essential oils.
  6. Use a glass dropper to quickly fill the containers. I leave the jar in the water but turn off the heat to keep the ingredients liquid while I do this.
  7. The mixture will settle slightly as it cools, so I also re-top the containers after about 2 minutes as they start to harden.
  8. Let sit without touching for several hours or until completely hardened.
  9. Store in a cool dry place (they will last for at least a year if stored correctly).
  10. Enjoy!

Note: This will make a medium firm lip chap. If you prefer a firmer and longer lasting lip chap, you can add more beeswax, up to double the recommended amount. If you prefer a smoother and more oily lip chap, you can reduce the amount of beeswax.

Here are some other DIY beauty recipes if you want to branch out:

Make Your Own Natural Deodorant With This Simple Recipe
Homemade Shaving Soap Recipes
Luxurious Sugar Scrub Recipe
Homemade Lotion Bars
Deodorant Bars
DIY Sunscreen Bars
Bug-Off Lotion Bars
Herbal Hair Color Recipes
Seven Natural Baby Care Recipes
DIY Beach Waves Hair Texture Spray
DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark or Light Hair
Natural Skin Care Recipes
Homemade Make-up Recipes
Feminine Hygiene Solutions
Natural Homemade Substitutes for Conventional Beauty Products
Seven Natural Remedies you Already Have at Home
Seven Natural Beauty Tricks From Your Kitchen
How to Make Natural Shampoo [Easy way]
Natural Homemade Baby Wipes-Easy to Make

Do you make any of your own beauty products? What recipes would you like to try? Share below!

This lip chap is easy to make and completely natural. There are endless variations and you can use the same ingredients to make many other recipes!

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  1. I love that you call it “lip chap.” That is what i called it growing up but then people began making fun of me saying that it’s chapstick. I forgot I even used to call it that so I’m glad i wasn’t the only one. My in-laws now make fun of me for saying “cupboard” instead of cabinet. Maybe I’m just an easy target?!?! LOL

    • I grew up with those two terms– “lip chap” and “cupboard”–as well, and was also ridiculed! That’s very funny. 🙂

    • Awww, I have never heard Lip Chap before, but it makes sense. I mean we say Lip Balm and Chapstick is just a brand really. I think that since it is in a tube it’s like “Lip Chap-Stick form”. 🙂 I use Cupboard though, for me Cupboards are where dishes go or under sinks. And cabinets are like armoires, but I rarely if ever use cabinet. If makes me feel like I am talking about politics. lol.

    • Wow, the memory of getting made fun of in high school for saying lip chap just hit me out of the foggy past when I read your comment. Glad to be in good company 😛

    • My friend calls shopping carts “buggys”, now THAT’S weird. It’s gotta be a regional thing or something, so many of those weird little things are.

  2. if you can’t find beeswax, up the cocoa butter: it melts at right around body temperature, which makes it right around perfect for lips in my book. cocoa butter smells better than beeswax, too!

    • I did once and it smells great. Unfortunatelly it does not stay on your lips as long as beeswax.

      • Is there something we canput in place of the beeswax? My daughter is allergic to it.

        • You can always use Candelilla wax, Canuba wax, or Soybean wax 🙂

  3. I make my own lip balm – my favourite at the moment (here in the Australian summer!) is beeswax, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter with some grapefruit and lavender essentail oils 🙂

    • Hi,

      can you please give me the recipe for your lip balm?

  4. I have beeswax pellets, cocoa butter disks and solid shea butter from mountain rose. How can I measure the ingredients considering I dont have a scale? Do you recommend grating the cocoa disks?

    • If I remember correctly, 2 disks makes a tablespoon…

    • I know this question was asked over 2 years ago, but since I JUST had this exact same question a few days ago, I emailed Mountain Rose Herbs and asked them, since I needed to know for my own recipes. They responded right away (nice customer service!) and here is their answer:

      “Each of our cocoa butter wafers contains more or less a teaspoonful of cocoa butter. (So about 3 would make a tablespoonful.) This is not exact because the wafers differ in size slightly; they range between about 1/2” – 3/4” in diameter.”

    • I cut mine up in an almost shaving form. I make whipped body butter constantly and this method works well for measuring. this is my first attempt at lip chap so wish me luck?

  5. Can I use flavor oil in these to make them fun for my daughter? I haven’t done any research on them so I wasn’t sure if they were safe to use or if you only recommend using essential oils.

    • there is another recipe that calls for Cool-Aid

    • i was going to make this recipe and add some flavor oil instead of essential oil, im sure its fine. theres two companys i know of that sell good flavor oils, newdirectionsaromatics.ca and saffireblue.ca. i bought chai flavor oil, and strawberry flavor oil they are both really nice in lip balms and lip glosses 🙂

  6. Can you add zinc oxide for sun protection? If so, how much?

  7. Can I use Carnauba Wax instead of Beeswax? Hubby is deathly allergic to honey (Which seriously sucks), so I do not want to take any chances

    • I haven’t tried but the info I”ve seen shoes that it substitutes well…

      • Excellent, thanks

        • Does it work

  8. love this stuff. butbut my daughterwanted make it for her classroom,an y idea if a kid with a bee allergy can use beeswax? or should i stick to some other wax?

    • I”d stick with another just to be safe…

      • I have a bee allergy and cannot use bee by-product such as beeswax or bee pollen (causes blisters, rash, and swelling in area of use)

    • Nope. Not safe.

      I have a coworker whose lips developed a red ring after using some of my lip balm. She said earlier that a lotion bar had irritated her skin. I said it was an allergic reaction. She replied she had no allergies. I did not know at the time that she is allergic to bees and wasps. Good thing to know for next time.

  9. When making thing like this or the lotion bars do you melt the coconut oil first or measure it out hardened from the jar?

    • You don’t have to melt it to measure it. I usually use a spoon to scoop it from the jar and into a measuring cup.

  10. Thank you for the great recipes. Do you think that almond oil could be used in place of the coconut oil for the lip chap? I have a mild allergy to coconut, and wondered what would make a good substitution to try your recipes out?

    • Yes, but you’d only need about half as much since it is a liquid oil…

  11. This recipe is AMAZING thank you so much!
    For those who may not have or want to use shea or cocoa butter, my shea butter had gone bad and I looked around for a substitute. I had lanolin (pure, not mixed with anything) replaced the Shea Butter with it and it feels simply wonderful! I also added an additional “part” one half of that part vitamin E and the other half split between Almond and Jojoba oil. Best chapstick I have ever had. I used to buy the organic chapstick from Whole Foods but at $2 a piece at the amount I use it was getting ridiculous, SO glad I found your website. I am going to make deodorant and possibly lotion tomorrow!! 😀

    P.S. This is also nice for extra dry “spots” if you have eczema patches.

    • 6 months later and I just ran out, and I didn’t do tablespoons as my “parts”, amazing how long this lasts. I came back for the recipe again. Before I forgot to mention I do not use any essential oils, as they irritate my lips.

  12. How many lip chaps does this recipe make?!?!?

    • 10 tubes, I think

      • I made it today and I have 9 but I spilled a little because I didn’t have a dropper and I think if I didn’t, it would have filled all 10.

  13. Has anyone else used the Beet Powder to color? I did today and it didn’t totally dissolve so mine is part red and rest original color. Aside from that, I love how it turned out but I’d really like to have a nice red tint next round so if anyone has any advice, please let me know!

    • I’m late with my reply but if you want, you can infuse the oils with any herb of your choice (either for color or for the properties of the herb in question), strain the herb after a couple of hours in the stove on its lowest setting and you’ll have the color without issues.

  14. How do you clean your dropper when you are finished with it?

  15. Do you reuse the containers when you need to make more? Any tips for cleaning them if you do? Also, how do you recommend storing the lip chap? Thanks!

  16. Do you have a recipe to make your own mango butter for the lip chap? Maybe like Mango and Unsalted Butter?

    • Mango butter is nothing like regular butter. As far as I understand, it’s extracted from the mango seed, and you can’t really make your own. Should be available on Amazon, though.

  17. I tried making the Lip Balm yesterday-and it works well,but it´s kind of grainy?I used more beeswax than the recipe says-to make it more firm,but besides from that i followed it :-/ I´ll give it another try in a couple of days:-)
    Thanks for all the great recipes 🙂

    • I know this is an older post but some shea butters are grainy, research your brand and read reviews.

    • Yes, I agree with Vanessa. I read somewhere that Shea might have particles in it and you might have to melt it and strain it to keep your final product from being grainy. They recommended using a muslin cloth.

  18. 1. Is there a preference between the white or yellow Beeswax?

    2. Do you have a specific process to clean used containers?

    3. With the above recipe, how many containers will that fill?

    Thank you in advance:) I love your site and I’m always on trying to find new DIY material.

  19. Does you have a good recipe for face cream? I have been using Nivea for years, but after reading “The Dirty Dozen” on chemicals in our cosmetics, I am trying to go “natural”.

  20. excuse me,Katie,er, could you post a lip balm recipe without beeswax,please?

    • You should be able to substitute carnauba wax for the beeswax. Carnauba wax is also known as Brazil wax or palm wax. It is literally palm leaf wax that is harvested by drying the palm leaves and beating the wax off of them. It is often used in beauty products, especially vegan beauty products. It’s a good wax substitute if you are allergic to beeswax.

  21. Love your site, so glad I found it..I do have questions…

    1. where do you buy your tubes
    2. tin or mold for the lotion bars

    I am looking forward to trying both recipes in the coming week or so when on vacation I will post how it goes. thanks

    • I found the tubes at a decent price still looking for the rectangular tins anyone have a good site to get them;

      • Sks bottle has great little tins in two sizes.

    • Hi, Im from Australia and i buy my lip balm pots 42 pack for $24 from Aussie Soap Supplies. For frangrance oils and essential oils i recommend Aussie Candle Supplirs, they are awesome priced as i buy all my scents in 100ml form, there beeswax are great prices for all natural products. Nothing over $9 unless its a bundle and they go up to $45..

      I prefer this recipe for my lip balm which will fill 10 – 15 10g pots via double boiler.
      3 tablespoons Beeswax Pellets – Yellow
      2 – 3 tablespoons Coconut oil – slightly melted, take off heat and add 1/4 teaspoon almond oil (contains vit e oil, so if you dont have vit e capsules then use this) & 1/4 teaspoon rosehip oil – optional
      1/4 teaspoon Stevia Powder – Natural sweetener
      1 teaspoon lip balm flavor
      Or if u dont have either of those i sometimes use Queens Strawberry Essence, Peppermint Essence or Lemon Essence,
      I wait a lil till it all cools then pour into my pots, i then wait for a “film/skin ” to form before placing lids on n place in fridge – normally in a round cake to set fully for at least 12hrs before using. So smooth
      A lil goes a long way

  22. Are you using raw or unrefined Shea & cocoa butter thanks

    • It is always better to use organic, unrefned butters (shea, mango, cocoa) if at all possible. 🙂

  23. Love your site! You mentioned how much money you save by buying in bulk – can I ask where you buy from for personal care items like body butters, lip chap, etc?

  24. Can you buy the empty tubes anywhere?

    • I got empty tubes on Amazon

      • Mountain Rose Herbs has tubes at a good price, and they are a great company. They also sell beeswax, shea and mango butter, essential oils, and some tins. I was really happy with what I purchased from them. 🙂

  25. Has anyone tried using tamanu oil in their lip balm?

  26. This is a wonderful lip balm. I love the sweet honey smell that it lets off while it cooks. As long as you fully melt the wax, this makes a wonderfully smooth and moisterizing balm. I made a bunch for Christmas presents, but I’m also keeping a bunch for myself. This was easy, and so much better and cheaper than store-bought beeswax lip balm!

  27. Thanks for this. I cannot wait to try it out. My lips and hands tend to get chapped so easily in Oklahoma.

  28. i just have to say LOVE THIS RECIPE!! my four year old slightly dehydrated already had chapped lips, then picked at them, by the time nap was over she looked like she had been in a fight, swollen and bloody lips! four applications of this lip chap and her lips looked like new! Thank You!!!!

  29. I just made this and it turned out grrrreat! I love this site thanks so much for all the tips and tricks I have recommended your site to many people!!

  30. I am a true hippie/home maker at heart, so I always use your site as a reference for anything!! I am a HUGE fan for your site and 9 times outta ten they turn out perfect.. But I have to admint…. This was my LEAST favorite recipe. I don’t know if it’s missing an ingredient or what, But if I put it in my pocket (I’m not a purse girl) for more than 5 mins, it gets all over my pants!!! Any sugustions? I was thinking to add way more beeswax, what do u think?

  31. I made the Homemade Lip Chap Recipe about 1 1/2 weeks ago with peppermint and I love it. When I used it this morning it felt gritty. It became smothe after it was on my lips for approximately 30 seconds, but I didn’t like the way it felt when putting it on my lips. Do you have any idea why it became gritty? It wasn’t like that when I first started using it 1 1/2 week ago.

  32. Hi there!
    I finally got around to make the lip chap. I had a problem melting the beeswax. I think that next time I will melt the beeswax first and only then I will add the coconut oil and the shea butter because both melt at a low heat but beeswas doesn’t. The lip chap came out with a nice texture but the beeswax did not combine with the other ingredients.

    • You can melt the beeswax by boiling some water, putting a heat safe bowl in it, slowing the boil to a simmer, and stir a lot. For me, the Shea butter took longer in some spots than the beeswax. Also, I feel like adding everything helps because the heat from the oil and butters help the beeswax melt. I know im two years late but for newbies i hope i helped.

  33. I made this last night. Its winter here and I let it harden over night but its very soft and oily. I’m afraid come summer it will just melt. Anyways, I was wondering if i can re-melt it down and add more beeswax or do I need to start over?

    • I added equal volumes of beeswax to the butter and coconut oil and it had a nice solid constancy. I like a waxy chapstick (like Chapstick brand) so it was perfect!

    • I had the same problem, as in the car it got hotter and the lip chap got oily. It is possible to remelt them and I may try Crystal’s solution and add more beeswax. Anyway it?s a great product and I am glad I got to make it.

    • Hello, just in case anyone still has this question, Yes. Melting it down and readjusting the recipe is perfectly fine, I have done so to adjust the amount of essential oils.

  34. I was wondering can I use an extract instead of a essential oil?

  35. Thanks very much for your lip chap recipe. I made it today and found out the biggest job is cleaning the pans and glass flask I used. Cocoa was what I used in the recipe.

    Thanks again,

  36. I tried to add honey to this recipe as a natural flavoring but it never went into the mixture and separated out as it cooled. Has anyone added raw honey or has any recommendations?

    • that happened to me and the honey was on the top of each tube :(.

    • Stevia is a great sweet substitute and will incorporate without a problem. Its also completely natural if you buy the pure form

  37. Is there a way to make this into a sunscreen lip chap that is safe?

    • I’m going to make a batch of this and try to incorporate zinc oxide powder so it has a little SPF in it. I will keep track of how much I use and the resulting lip chap and post my results.

  38. My daughter and I made some lip balm but it came ou a bit dry how can I fix it. Do I have to redo the whole mix or can I add more oil. Weplace the mix in the container and result was very dry.

  39. A wonderful recipe! Did one yesterday – yet the colour is far from being as strong as I would like it 🙂 and I used quite a few drops of red food colour. Probably have to add 1 tsp at least. Love all your “stuff”. Thank you!

    • Hello, I have tried using water based food dye, thinking the beeswax would emulsify it, but it simply will not combine with the oils. I have heard mica pigments or other powder pigments are good for lip balms, or you could try an oil based food dye.

  40. Made this about 30 mins ago with spearmint eo. I used a little already and it looks solid but it was a little greasy when I ran my fingers across it. But the feel of it on my lips is perfect! Very excited to have found a good lip balm recipe!

  41. I can’t find bee wax or any wax.can u sheabutter and just freeze it?

  42. I hope you respond to this post. I made this recipe a couple of months ago using beeswax and Shea butter from my local health food store. It came out fantastic! I then ordered a big tub
    of Shea butter from amazon. This week I made my 2nd batch and it came out super grainy. From what I’ve read, it’s my Shea butter :(( So my twofold question is can I rescue my batch of lip chap? And can I do anything to the Shea butter to prevent it from happening again? I realize this isn’t a new post, but please, please, please respond!

    • I haven’t had any trouble with shea butter before so I don’t know what to tell you on that. Does the shea butter itself feel grainy? Perhaps melting more might help…

    • The first time I made this recipe, the lip chap I had was also super grainy. I am not sure if it was something I did or one of the ingredients I used. I tried again and the next time came out super smooth. I’d suggest trying different shea butter or bee’s wax pellets the next time and melt it a little longer. That is what I did with the second batch.

      • If you over-heat shea butter, it will turn grainy.

  43. Hi, Katie! I have an allergy to beeswax and have carnauba wax to use in its place. Would I substitute carnauba wax for the same amount of beeswax that the recipe calls for?

  44. I just made this recipe and it feels amazing on. I used sweet orange oil and lavender, and several without essential oils.
    I was wondering if this can be stored in the refrigerator in the summertime as I live in Las Vegas..Thank you:)

    • If you love the orange/lavender combination I highly suggest you try orange and vanilla (or even better blood orange!). It’s heavenly. Out of this world!

      • I want to make a vanilla flavor, is there a vanilla essential oil recommended or just use vanilla flavoring? What works best? Thank you!

  45. i am so excited to finally find ways of making lip balms thanks so much for the info.

  46. I made this lip balm on the weekend and followed the recipe exactly. I find when it goes on, it instantly melts. It’s like I’m putting oil on my lips. It’ doesn’t feel anything like store-bought lip balm like Burt’s Bees. Any ideas why it turned out so oily?

    • The recipe will make a medium firm balm. For you, this may just too soft… different people have different preferences. It might also have to do with the weather where you live… heat and humidity can affect the stick. I suggest adding more beeswax (up to twice the baseline) for a firmer stick. You might like that finished texture better.

  47. This is the ONLY “lip chap” I use now and the only kind my husband will use as well. He hates the greasy feeling of generic chap sticks but I made him try this when his lips were super chapped and he’s a convert now.

    I use blood orange and vanilla essential oil in this and it has the most amazing scent ever. Everyone I have ever given a tube of this to, loves it and asks for more 🙂

    I plan on making a new batch of this and I am going to incorporate some zinc oxide powder to it in an attempt to make a summer batch that has some sun protection. I will post a comment and let everyone know how that turns out!

    • Just curious to see how much zinc oxide you ended up trying? I haven’t tried yet and am still researching the ratio amounts about. Thanks

  48. Hi Katie! How can I tweak this recipe if I am allergic to coconut oil? What would make a good substitute for that? Vitamin E?

    • I used sweet almond oil.

  49. I found this tip on some website, cant remember sorry. I take my liptubes and secure them with a rubberband, maybe 10 and then I directly pour the contents into the tubes. I use a pyrex measuring cup and the lip is perfect to fill the tubes. Just an idea, it goes faster than piping.

  50. Does it matter what kind of coconut oil you use? I have Spectrum expeller pressed organic refined coconut oil. Will that work?

    • Generally you want cold-pressed, organic, and unrefined, but since this is an external use, that would probably be ok if it’s the only thing you have on hand.

      • I just made it and it’s too solid for me, is it possible to take back out the tubes and reheat with more coconut oil and Shea butter to soften? Will it solidify well again? I had a hard time measuring the beeswax, I had a solid 0.5 ounce block.

  51. Hi, I made this chapstick last night and I loved it! But this morning it was a little grainier. Now it’s so weird and grainy that a couple minutes after I put it on it turns into a powdery layer. I used beeswax, (they were little white beads not the yellow beeswax) coconut oil, and coconut butter. I really am wondering if I did something wrong or if you could give me some tips on what to try next time. Thank you

  52. Hi! I made this recipe with sweet orange oil. I know that citrus oils are photosynthesizers and can cause burns. Is there any way around this? Because I love citrus lip balms!

  53. Has anyone tried the zinc? I need an opaque, firm (chapstick like) balm to combat sun. I’ve surfed all my life and rock climb regularly so reflection is bad. Nothing clear works. All UV’s need to be blocked. Most stuff available is too runny so I have high hopes that I can make something that won’t come off on my hands.

    • Hello! I can share my exchanges I use for my customers with allergies to coconut…raw shea butter, kokum butter, orange butter, mango butter, there is also a magnificent blueberry butter;) since these butters are a bit harder yiu may need to adjust the amount of carrier oils, ie..sweet almond, castor oil is great in lip balm recipes.gives a soft shiny, natural glide onto your lips 🙂 add about 1/4 tsp twords your carrier/soft oils. Hope it helps 🙂 Happy crafting 🙂

    • You could try adding zinc, carrot seed oil and raspberry seed oil. They along with coconut oil provide some uv protection. More beeswax, carnuba or candillia wax will firm it up. Nothing translucent will block uv 100% though.

    • Also citrus essential oils applied topically can make your skin more photosensitive, so best to avoid them.

  54. Thanks so much for this recipe, I made this today and it was so easy. It feels nice on the lips and is not drying like most commercial lip balms. I am trying to wean off lip balms as I have developed a bit of addiction (it happens) so fingers crossed this helps!!

  55. I just made your lip balm and I love it. Im wanting to give a few as gifts, how do i make labels for them?

    • Order some labels that fit your tubes. On Amazon, they have printable labels that wrap around the tube and stick on (Or you could get any small stickers and write on them). You can get a template online and create a label on Microsoft Word. I chose the labels with perforations around the lid, so that they know the tube is “fresh,” but that is not necessary if you are giving them to friends.

  56. Very nice recipe but be aware of the containers you use. Using plastic is bad for the environment and we are all trying hard to make this a better place for our kids. Try the new cardboard lip balm containers or the ones from ecovision. You can also always use little glass pots which are reusable and recyclable.

  57. Omg, it drives me unreasonably crazy that you call it “lip chap”! The generic term is lip balm. Calling non-chapstick brand lip balm “ChapStick” also drives me crazy though. Chap means dry, so if you call it lip chap, that implies that it dries your lips out.

    • YES! My thoughts exactly!

  58. Hi there, I am looking for a good all purpose butter. Can anyone tell me a good summary and what’s butter better? Cocoa, Shea or mango? Thanks

  59. Hi Kate! I love your blog! Anyway… I’ve been looking for a natural lip balm/chap stick forever now but I’m always allergic to at least half of the main ingredients! I need like a bare minimum… Is there anything you’d recommend for someone who’s allergic to coconut, shea, and cocoa??? Please Help!!

    • Hm… that’s a tall order. Would you be able to work with mango butter?

    • They are all wonderful skin loving ingredients! It’s really a preference. Myself I LOVE cocoa butter because if it’s magnificent properties and AH-MAZING smell of bakers chocolate 🙂 all are great exchanges or use in combination 🙂

  60. Thanks for the recipe. I tried this yesterday, but tried adding a vanilla extract. The vanilla seperated as it cooled. What can I do to remedy this? Is there some vanilla oil that I should use instead? I really like the vanilla scent and flavor in chapstick products. Thanks again.

    • We sell a vanilla absolute essential oil at my store. I believe its different than just vanilla flavor

  61. Just tried the recipe. How do you clean the dropper? Thanks

  62. Hi, I really love this recipe but I don’t have any butter on hand, and I was wondering if there is a good substitute or if not using butter would be okay?

    • You can use just beeswax/or wax of choice and coconut oil (hard at room temp) to make there sticks.:)

  63. How many tubes of chap stick did you make, and what were the quantities of each ingredient you used to make that quantity?

  64. Hey there, I’ve made two batches of this lip balm and was wondering if anyone else has had problems with it drying out your lips? All of the recipients have commented that, while the smooth texture of the lip balm stays put, the top layer of their lips dries and cracks. I would really like to produce a product that actually improves the quality of one’s lips!

    • I find peppermint does that to me, did you use it? Maybe try a smaller batch with a different EO or none at all?

  65. I made some “lip chap” and I added double the beeswax and also added lanolin. I however, am now finding I want a more oily chap so have you ever melted the chap out of the containers to remake? I only made 10 tubes, so its not a big deal but I wasnt sure how much of a pain/messy it would be. Thanks!

  66. As I get to the end of a tube there are little hard beads in the lip balm. Is this because I am not heating it long enough to melt everything fully? I’m guessing it might be the beeswax because I bought a chunk of it instead of the small beads.

  67. Did this recipe with Shea butter and it turned out great! I added about another half tbsp of beeswax and I also used flavor oils. I also added some vitamin e oil to help preserve it and get additional moisture. I love how it turned out thanks!!

  68. Is it possible to use dried hibiscus flowers as a colorant in this recipe? If yes, how? Thanks!

    • You could try it, although I have not.. Let us know how it goes!

  69. This was my first attempt at making my own chapstick. All in all it went okay, I am waiting for it to cool. I used solid beeswax from a block opposed to pastilles and it seemed to take a long time to melt. I bought a pound of it and don’t want it to go to waste. Is this okay to use, should I just chop off smaller pieces? All input is appreciated. Thanks

    • I use a zester to grate my block, it’s like a narrow cheese grater but with VERY SHARP little tabs used for grating hard nutmeg, hard cheeses, citrus rind etc. little bits tend to fly so I do it over a plate or piece of parchment.

  70. What would you think about using linolin instead of the beeswax? I’ve heard linolin can be great for chapped lips and it is also solid at room temperature.

    • Hm, interesting thought! I haven’t tried it, but you could!

  71. Hi,
    Can you use shea butter,coconut oil,cocoa butter and beeswax?if so how much of each?

    • That sounds like a good recipe Jessica. Since you only list butters and solid oils, I would keep the butter’s total same as Katie’s recipe here. Simply use 1 part of each butter for the total of 2 parts called for. Remember not to up the beeswax either, since this already makes a firm lip balm, and the Cocoa butter is harder than Shea. But that all depends on what you’re going for. Good luck!

      1 part Beeswax
      1 part Shea Butter
      1 part Cocoa Butter
      2 parts Coconut oil

  72. Made a batch of this recipe tonight and I’m happy with the results. I will definitely make again, tho’ next time I’ll add either add extra beeswax as this recipe tends to make a somewhat soft, almost ‘glossy’ balm, or cut back about 1/2 of the coconut oil. I added beetroot to 1/2 the mixture for a tinted balm, which turned out quite well. Alkanet root or red iron oxide would probably work also – or a reddish mica if you want a bit of shimmer.

  73. I would like to try this lip balm but am wondering…after reading your “risks of essential oils” article if adding peppermint in the lip balm will be safe for my 4 and 6 year old?

    • I consider it safe in this dilution, but definitely research or ask an aromatherapist if you are concerned.

  74. i just made my first lipbalm with coconut oil and beeswax and i added a little piece of my lipstick to make it nicely colourful. i am so happy that my very first try already had me amazed at the outcome!!! 🙂

  75. Any ideas on how I can “tweak” this recipe to make a shea butter stick (with beeswax so it doesn’t melt) for scar applications?

  76. Thank you so much for this recipe! I saved it a while ago when I was first looking for lip chap DIYs, but I finally made my first batch and it’s luxurious and lovely (who would’ve thought it was also so easy!?!?). I made this batch with shea butter, coconut oil and yellow beeswax – in the parts that you mentioned exactly, and I love the consistency. Again, can’t thank you enough! 🙂

  77. I am wondering about the 20 drops of Essential Oils. I buy Young Living oils and think that 20 drops would be way over powering. I’m newer to Young Living and do not know anything about other brands. Looking forward to making some lipchap and other products! Thanks!

  78. What can I use if there is no shea butter available?
    What kind of coconut oil did you use, can I use the bottled ones?
    For how many months can I use this before it get expired?
    I’ll be making this stuff for my school project so I hope you could help meee! Thanksies

  79. I bought a chunk of beeswax. Should I grate it and measure out the grated wax for the recipe, or should I melt it first, then measure that for the recipe?
    Thanks for your help! 🙂

    • What I do is use two measuring cups in my hot water pot to melt both the oils and the beeswax separately. I use a small one for the beeswax that measures tablespoons, because most measuring cups don’t have tablespoon measurements. I bought this at a cooking and baking supplies store. Guesstimating beeswax when hard, is nearly impossible, so best to melt it separately. If you do this, you’ll have exact measurements of 4:1 and this consistency, recommended by Wellness Mama, makes the best smooth-gliding, one-pass lip balm. Good luck with it.

  80. I use candelilla wax and I add 1/4 tsp. Or so of castor oil to my liquid oils and it makes a wonderful sheen and smooth glide:) When using candelilla wax instead of beeswax you only need half the amount called for. Enjoy!

  81. What’s the best way to clean the lip chap out of the glass dropper?

  82. My youngest is allergic to coconut what I can use as a substitute for it?

  83. I bought everything for this recipe and I already have Peppermint essential oil. I wanted to make it mostly peppermint, but with an spf. I bought carrot seed essential oil to add to it and it smells so bad! LOL! Do you have any ideas and how much carrot seed do I need to add to make it spf 15? I know the other oils in the recipe have a little spf of their own. Thank you so much!

  84. Curious..what would be a good way to incorporate vitamin E oil into this recipe?

    • I add vitamin E to my carrier oils, I count it in with those. 🙂 Hope that helps:)

  85. Is there anything that I can use to sub for the shea butter or mango butter? Could I use 1 extra part of beeswax and coconut oil in place of the 2 parts shea or mango butter?

    • I use only coconut oil and beeswax at the Wellness Mama’s recommended ratio of 4:1 for a soft one-pass texture that hardens nicely, yet glides easily without a waxy texture. Good luck with it.

  86. You can make a simple lip chap with 4 tablespoons coconut oil to 2 tablespoons beeswax. This makes 10-12 lip chap tubes. I also like to add 1/4teaspoon castor oil to mine..it lends a smooth glide application and a but of shine:)

    • At your ratio or 2:1, the balm would turn out quite hard and waxy, Wellness Mama’s recommendation, which I’ve found to be perfect, is 4:1. But I suppose some like it hard, no pun intended.

  87. What essential oils do you recommend to put in it? Would it be ok to use grapefruit, anise, orange, or lavender?

  88. Hi, can I change beeswax to jasmine wax?

  89. I have tried so many lip balms I couldn’t begin to list them all. The Somaluxe Lip Rescue beats every one hands down and I purchase this regularly – I am never without it. It is long lasting, smells good, is full of natural ingredients, your lips are left feeling smooth, moisturised and healthy for hours after application.

  90. I love this site, I’ve tried many of the recipes and enjoyed them, however my lip balm broke while or during the pouring/hardening process, how so I pervent this?

  91. Hi, Will this work in little tins to be applied with a finger, rather than the tube? Also, any suggestions for essential oil to use if I am making these for a little gift for my daughter’s classmates (kindergarten)? Thanks!

    • It will work in tins.

  92. I’m going to try this. I remember one day walking by my grape vines covered in gas and oil from my chainsaw and stopped and said “I’m going to learn how to make jelly” and I did, but I cheated and called a woman from church who led me in the right direction. So……. I do have a question. Is there a way to make the lip balm a little chalky white ?? Sincerely scott

    • If you want it to be whiter, use a white beeswax, instead of the usual honey colored one.

  93. Hi, wanted to flavor the lip balm with vanilla. Any suggestestion on how to do that.? Can I add vanilla extract or do I need to buy vanilla essential oil?

    • Vanilla extract will not emulsify with the coconut oil and beeswax, so use organic grade vanilla essential oil.

  94. Hi,
    wondering which olive oil to use in beauty products, for example when doing the oil cleansing. Any brand that you like?

  95. What type of beeswax did you use? I have the beeswax beads, but they seem to not melt well. :/

    • Beeswax takes far longer to melt than the coconut oil, and it will also harden quickly, even at the 4:1 ratio.

  96. Hi, may I know why are my Lip balm got a little waxy feeling when I applied it. I used only 3 main ingredients in my lip balm, 2 tbsp Shea Butter, 2 tbsp beeswax, 4 tbsp sweet almond oil. Can anybody tell me what is the problem?

    • The correct ratio, as perscribed by Wellness Mama is 4:1, you are using a ratio of 3:1 (6 T oil to 2 T beeswax). Also, I use coconut oil because it hardens, like shea butter, whereas almond oil is a liquid and doesn’t harden like coconut oil. If you try the 4:1 ratio of coconut oil/shea butter to beeswax, you’ll have a beautiful soft texture. Good luck with it.

  97. Great idea! Question— Any idea how much Coconut Oil I can use without compromising the texture. Don’t want it to be too soft or to melt in heat

    Thanks so very much

    • Wellnes Mama’s ratio of 4:1 will give you a soft texture. However, in heat it will soften so be careful.

  98. Must say, by far the best lip balm DIY recipe on the internet. Most others do not compare and the ratio gives you a harder lip balm. Wellness Mama’s 4:1 ratio is exactly the right texture for soft luxurious, one-pass lip balm. While I’m at it, must say that I’ve found your recipes to be the best out there. Thank you for taking the time and care that you do. It’s really appreciated.

  99. Can you use another container other than the standard chap stick tube? I have small round plastic containers that have an attached lid – similar to chap stick where you use your finger. I have everything to make the lip chap and hope that the lip chap can be used with your finger too.

  100. Hi, I would like to know roughly how many ml or grams this will make?

  101. I have made this recipe before and LOVED it! I am about to make my second batch, but I am wondering how you keep the mixture from hardening in the dropper? I had a hard time filling the latter tubes because the lip chap was hardening in the dropper. Any suggestions before I make this next batch? Thanks!!

    • You can keep the melted mix in a double boiler with the heat off if needed to keep it warm enough to transfer.

      • That is what I do, but it actually was hardening inside the dropper, making it hard to transfer. Any suggestions for that? Thanks!

        • Wrap the dropper in a washcloth or piece of fabric to keep it warm inside while transitioning

  102. I use a 3:1 ratio in the winter and a 4:1 in the summer. How I make mine, melt in a pyrex glass cup inside a pot of boiling water. Place about 10-12 tubes in a circle, squishing them together and then rubberband them – where they easily stand all close together. When ingredients are melted, I carefully pour the mix into each tube mostly all the way. The pyrex glass cup has a pretty defined pouring lip which makes it super easy. It takes me very little effort to fill the tubes this way.

  103. I wanted to use this recipe on my blog for a bridesmaid gift. Is it ok if I put this exact recipe on my blog and give credit to you on it? I’ll even put a link that goes back to your original page?

    • No, I don’t allow my content to be republished elsewhere. You can quote from an article as long as attribution is given and you link back to the original article. Thanks for asking though.

  104. Aren’t you supposed to use glass containers when using essential oils because oils break down the properties of plastics?

  105. I have been spending quite a lot of money on chemical free products for bodies and home. I would like to start making as many as I can myself. Do you buy your ingredients (eg. beeswax, butters, and oils) online? If so, is there an Australian online company that you can recommend where products are of good quality and cost-effective? There seem to be so many out there, and I don’t want to get caught buying poor quality of chemical/pesticide-laced products. That would defeat the purpose! Thank you!

    • I definitely recommend buying them in bulk, but unfortunately, I am not familiar with any sources in Australia. If you do find a good source, perhaps you can leave it in the comments here so others can benefit… thanks for reading!

    • Hey Sarah, I can’t really seem to find a great Aus supplier yet either. I have recently bought some items from soapconscious.com but they don’t have the greatest range, as well as a couple of Aus suppliers off ebay of all places – i haven’t had a chance to use them yet though. The site http://www.aussiesoapsupplies.com.au/ seems to have a good range of product, but you do need to spend alot per order.
      I recently found http://shop.newdirections.com.au/ which seems fairly cheap, however i don’t need anything atm so cant comment on quality or shipping price.

  106. Can you also add raw honey to this, maybe a TSP? Or will it separate?

  107. My dads allergic to coconut, but i wanna make some for everyone (its not weird that I want to make lip balm for my dad is it?) Is there anything i can substitute for the coconut oil? And it is the same Mae thats on pretty much all your lip and lotion stuff lol.

    • You can substitute a liquid oil like avocado, almond, etc just use about half as much

  108. I tried a few variations of this with the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. The coconut oil tends to make it a very very greasy-like feel. I tried slightly more beeswax, and still greasy. My final recipe was 2 FULL parts beeswax to 1 part coconut/shea… it was perfect! All personal preference of course…
    I love all the recipes on this website ! Thanks Wellness Mama! I’m doing gradual changes towards a more chemical free life style… and your articles and recipes have been my motivation.

  109. I’ve never heard anyone refer to lip balm as “lip chap.” Sounds like the opposite of what I want!

  110. I made a batch using cocoa butter and it was great! Perfect consistency and silky smooth on my lips. I put it into those small little jelly/jam jars which worked really well. Now it’s been about a month or so, I just went to use it and they look like they’ve all gone bad ( little dots of fuzz on the surface) I made sure no water got into the recipe and the jars were completely dry as well. I had them stored in one of my kitchen cupboards, not near the stove (wasn’t my intention to leave them there). The house is at most 70 degrees otherwise cooler. I also had made magnesium body butter about a month or less ago and it went bad recently as well, but that one was in my bathroom, which is usually cooler than the rest of the house. It was stored in a glass jar with a lid. And the other half of the magnesium body butter is in the refrigerator, but it has some discoloring. I used cocoa butter in all the recipes (since I seem to have a reaction to shea butter) and I didn’t use any essential oils for either of those. Any suggestions? I doubt any of the ingredients were contaminated, so maybe the jars I’m using aren’t closing tightly or I’m storing them wrong? I’ve made deodorant with and without essential oils, the other body butter ( but using olive oil in place of coconut), and sunscreen and those seem to be okay. Thank you so much for your time! I love your site and all the useful information!

    • Okay, I know I’m replying to my own post, but I have an interesting update. Long story short, I decided to scrape off the top of the lip chap and set it aside (I figured if it really had gone bad, it will develop those dots again and I’d throw it out at that point). I checked on it a week or so later and I found out that when the temperature was warmer part of it began to melt and little dots of oil pools formed. Then it would cool off and harden again. I believe that’s what caused the dots. As far as the fuzziness goes, I don’t know, maybe I was wrong or maybe because of the texture it appears fuzzy. Thank you so much!

  111. Can I add aloe vera gel to this or would it affect the consistency?

  112. Hello! Is there a way to make the lip balm without the wax? I am allergic to all wax which makes it difficult for me to put anything on my lips.

  113. I just made this recipe and was able to fill 10 of the 1/2 ounce tins from Mountain Rose Herbs using tablespoons as parts. It was incredibly easy to make and oh my gosh what a money saver! I liked Burt’s Bees till I read about the formula change but it was still kinda pricy to buy for our family of 7. Mine is still setting but I can’t wait to try it!

  114. Hi, I have a friend who is allergic to bee’s, bees wax and coconut oil, but she wants me to create some chapstick for her. What would you suggest I use instead of those items and do you have a recipe? Thank You

  115. I’m planning to put a little labor survival kit together for my daughter-in-law who’s expecting in October. She’s planning on using the Bradley Method, which I used for my last three and loved. You mentioned that you used this as a doula. What is you experience regarding “flavor”? I’m planning on making one without EOs or flavoring (in case she experiences nausea), and maybe a lemon? I wouldn’t normally put a citrus EO in a leave on like lip balm, but she’s not likely to be out in the sun, and my lemon extra EO is not supposed to cause photo toxicity. Any other flavor suggestions? I’d like to give her a variety in case one appeals to her more than another during that time. Also, any other suggestions for her labor kit, in general? A massage cream or lotion would be good, I think.

  116. Great list! Thanks so much!!!

  117. I used beet root powder so my young daughter could have her own “lip stick”. The powder would not mix! I tried mixing it in the oil, it just stayed grainy. I tried making a paste with water and that just created colored water bubbles that would not mix. Any suggestions on how to get the color to mix in properly?