I’ve been wanting to make some chapstick for a long, long time. Since it’s important to me to avoid toxic chemicals in my skin care products, I’ve been spending more than I like on chapstick from the health food store. I tried using my hard lotion bars, but I just don’t like the feel of it on my lips (love it on my hands, though!). Most recipes I found on-line for chapstick are pretty much the same as the lotion bars, so I decided to come up with my own. The first try was a success!
This project was especially frugal, since I already had all of the ingredients on hand and I used a bunch of empty chapstick containers that I’ve been saving up!
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa butter
- 1 Tablespoon beeswax
- 1 Tablespoon sweet almond oil
- Melt the ingredients together over low heat (I used my butter warmer that I’m so infatuated with!), being careful not to allow it to simmer.
- Gently whisk, to make certain the ingredients are well blended.
- Pour into empty chapstick containers and allow to cool for several hours before putting the lids on.
This recipe filled 4 empty chapstick containers and one small tin (equivalent to two more chapstick containers). If you’d like to make an even dozen, just double the recipe.
It glides on smooth (I find coconut oil can get a little grainy), but it’s not too shiny for a man to use. The almond oil is moisturizing and the cocoa butter and beeswax create a protective barrier to prevent the lips from drying out. The cocoa butter gives this chapstick a delicious chocolatey scent, which would go really well with a drop or two of peppermint essential oil! Since I will be using it on little girls, though, I didn’t include any essential oils.