Say goodbye to chapped lips with this DIY chapstick recipe!  I don’t know about you, but I get tired of the long lists of ingredients you can’t pronounce on chapstick you buy at the store.  Plus, store bought chapstick is usually on the pricey side, compared to making it yourself.  Even the so-called “natural” chapstick’s (which tend to be QUITE expensive) STILL can have questionable ingredients.  For more information, check out this great post about the health hazards of the ingredients in most store-bought chapstick’s:


-Almond oil (like this: NOW Sweet Almond Oil, 16-Ounce)= 6 Tablespoons

-Beeswax pellets= 1/4 cup

-Vitamin E oil (like this: Sundown Naturals Vitamin E Oil 2.50 oz)=1 Tablespoon

-Coconut oil= 1 Tablespoon

-Grapefruit seed extract (like this: Nutribiotic Gse Liquid Concentrate, 2 Fluid Ounce)= 24 drops

-Frankincense essential oil= 4 drops


Start by getting a pot of water boiling on medium high heat.  If you have a double boiler, use that.  If you don’t, you can simply use a glass bowl over the boiling pot once the water is boiling (that’s what I do).  Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to medium low. It should still be gently boiling but nothing too hot or it will make the oils become a smelly and rancid mess.  Place your double boiler or glass bowl on the boiling pot.  Then add the coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax pellets (see photo below).

Stir occasionally.  Once the oils are melted, add in the Vitamin E oil and grapefruit seed extract.  When they are well combined, turn off the heat and remove the bowl/pot from the boiling pot.  Quickly stir in the Frankincense oil.  Pour into chapstick containers (about 2 tsp per container).  I used a teaspoon to pour the chapstick into the containers.

Keep the chapstick containers upright until solid (about 30 minutes to an hour).  I find it helpful to use this: Professional DIY Lip Balm Crafting Kit with Wax Pouring Tray, Scraper, 50 Chapstick Tubes with Lids, 50 Chapstick Labels Included, Chapstick Maker by California Home Goods

Once your chapstick is dry, you can cap your chapstick tubes, add labels, and use them!

Makes enough for 24 chapstick tubes.  You can also use it as lip balm in a glass container but it is thick so this recipe really is best suited as chapstick.  Make it for yourself and for gifts to give others!  Who DOESN’T want all natural chapstick?  Me and my hubby use chapstick daily, and I know a lot of other people who use it frequently.

Why I chose the ingredients I chose:

Almond oil renews facial cells to slow the effects of aging, is hypoallergenic, has anti-oxidative properties to prevent UV radiation damage, contains Vitamin A which aids in keeping skin healthy, and is known for keeping skin moisturized (1).

Beeswax is antibacterial, a known skin healer, a skin protectant that allows your skin to breathe, contains Vitamin A, and is able to moisten your skin (2).

Coconut oil provides some protection against UV radiation, contains anti-microbial and anti-aging properties, softens skin, helps heal dry skin, and contains Vitamin E which has many benefits for the skin (3).

Vitamin E oil helps prevent wrinkles since it blocks damage from the sun and pollution, provides moisture for dry skin, and has antioxidants that provide healing and regeneration of the skin (4).

Grapefruit seed extract is antibacterial, has phyto-nutrients that promote the health of skin cells, and contains vitamins (such as Vitamins A, C, and E) and anti-oxidants that aid in healing skin (5).

Frankincense essential oil is able to rejuvenate and hydrate dry skin, boosts immunity to illness, and it has a nice aroma (6).



Any questions I didn’t address in this post?  Have you ever made your own chapstick?  What recipe did you use?  Share the wealth and leave a comment!

Written by Rebekah
I'm a vegan homeschooling mom of 4, DIY addict, & natural health advocate.