DIY Chapstick

I made the bathroom spray, and then got on the DIY train. I had to make some more chapstick. I made some last year, but I wasn’t super happy with the consistency. It worked wonderfully, but it was too soft. I think I just added essential oil to beeswax and shea butter.
 This time I found a wellness mama recipe that also included coconut oil. I was hesitant. I didn’t want to have coconut smelling chapstick, but I can’t even tell it’s in there. The recipe called for equal parts coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter melted. Two tablespoons each, and about 20 drops of essential oil.  

I decided to use 1 tablespoon of shea butter and 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter, along with the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and beeswax experimentally. I love the way it turned out. This made about 12 tubes. I had 11 full tubes, but I spilled some being clumsy. 

This was another DIY project that I was blessed to have all of the supplies for. I bought 100 empty chapstick tubes and a bag of beeswax last winter when I first set on this venture. The tubes were about $5. The beeswax was maybe 10. You can also use any empty canister, and just apply is like balm. Even Tupperware could work. I like the tubes.  This is easy chapstick to gift or to use for yourself. It works better than store bought in my opinion. Adding washi tape makes it look even nicer for a homemade product. Washi tape can be found at most stores with a crafting section or on Amazon. I got mine from Walmart for $2 on rollback.

This picture only shows what I added washi tape to.


  • Put the 2 T coconut oil, 2 T beeswax, 1 T shea butter, and 1 Tcocoa butter in a glass bowl over boiling water, or using a double broiler. 
  • Stir constantly with a spatula until everything is melted.
  • Add 20 drops of essential oil. I used peppermint because I love Bert’s Bees, and orange because I also like peppermint-orange.
  • Then I used a medicine syringe to distribute the mixture to the tubes. Plastic pipettes work very well, I just didn’t have any. Fill each tube to the top. 
  • Once the chapstick cooled, I added a couple more drops of the mixture to the top to make sure was flat and not sunken in. 


  • 2 T Beeswax 
  • 2 T Coconut Oil 
  • 1 T Cocoa Butter
  • 1 T Shea Butter 
  • 20 Drops Essential Oil (I used peppermint. I wouldn’t recommend using too much of any others without experimenting lightly with scents.)

After just an hour, my very chapped lips were healed and soft. This stuff is AMAZING!

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