Raise your hand if you LOVE your chapstick?


I’ve been using commercial chapstick for over 20 years and do you have any idea what’s in that stuff? I didn’t pay attention for a long time, and I’m sorry that I didn’t.

I like Chapstick Classic Original, which contains the following active ingredients:

Padimate O 1.5% (Sunscreens)
White petrolatum 44% (Skin protectant)

And the following inactive ingredients:

arachidyl propionate, camphor, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, D&C red no. 6 barium lake, FD&C yellow no. 5 aluminum lake, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, titanium dioxide, white wax

No. Thank. You.

It’s so easy to make your own.

First I picked up these empty lip balm containers, but you can use old empty ones if you have them.

This is what you’ll need:


To fill 12 tubes, I used 1/2 tablespoon beeswax, 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon shea butter.



  • Fill a small pot with water – about 1/4 of the way
  • Place a small jar or other heat-safe container inside of the pot of water. You need it to be tall enough to stand above the water in the pot, because if any water gets into the ingredients, the chapstick will not set properly.
  • Put all ingredients, except for the essential oils in the glass jar and melt.
  • After the ingredients melt, turn off the heat and leave the jar in the pot so it stays warm and liquefied.
  • Add in the essential oils. I think less is more.
  • Using a dropper, or small oral syringe, add the mixture to your tubes.
  • Let the tubes sit for several hours before using.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year.