DIY Chapstick (Copycat Blistex Medicated Lip Balm)

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I love this DIY chapstick because it is so easy! Who knew you could make your own chapstick in only 20 minutes!

row of copycat blistex medicated lip balm

Trent and I are constantly using chapstick so I figured I would try making my very own copycat Blistex Medicated Lip Balm.

After making my own chapstick, I doubt I’ll be going back to the commercial lip balm. (Shhh…don’t tell Blistex they’re losing our business.)

supplies to make copycat blistex medicated lip balm

Materials Needed:

3/4 teaspoon (approx. 72 drops) Wintergreen Essential Oils
Note: Amount of drops may depend on the brand of oil you’re using

1 1/2 oz (3 tablespoons) Coconut Oil

1 oz (2 tablespoons) Cocoa Butter

1 oz (2 tablespoons) Beeswax

3 drops Vitamin E Oil

20 Lip Balm Containers

Medicine Syringe (optional, but highly recommended)

*One chapstick recipe barely put a dent in the supplies I purchased and I’ll have plenty to make even more!

row of empty chapstick containers with lid off

This chapstick recipe is very versatile.

If you don’t want to use chapstick containers you can also use lip balm containers. (Whichever tickles your fancy.)

If you’re not a big fan of the wintergreen scent, you can easily use another scent.

Or, if you don’t want to use as much wintergreen oil as I did, just use less drops (testing it on your finger to your desired amount).

cocoa butter - half is cut into pieces

The Cocoa Butter I purchased came in a 16 oz block instead of a cream. To get 1 ounce, cut the 16 oz block in half, cut one of the 8 oz blocks in half, and cut the 4 oz block into four 1 oz pieces.

supplies to make copycat blistex medicated lip balm

Place the Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, and Vitamin E Oil in a glass container.

skillet filled with water with a large glass measuring cup with chapstick supplies

Fill a large skillet with a few inches of water.  Place the glass container in the center of your skillet and melt on medium heat.

As your ingredients are melting, twist your chapstick containers down to the bottom of the tube. (Thankfully mine came that way.)

large glass measuring cup with melted chapstick and a spoon resting on the side of measuring cup

Stir every few minutes until the mixture is totally melted (10-15 minutes).

Once melted, stir in the Wintergreen Essential Oils.

medicine syringe filling chapstick containers with melted chapstick

Using the medicine syringe, fill the chapstick containers.  (I highly recommend the syringe because it would have been messy if I hadn’t used it.)

Once the chapstick hardens (it literally took about 2 minutes), add a few more drops of your melted mixture to the top of the chapsticks – this will even off the tops and make them look pretty!

Clean Up: The hardest part of this process is cleaning the medicine syringe (which isn’t very hard at all).

Once you’ve finished filling your chapsticks, place the tip of your syringe in the lukewarm water in your skillet. Swirl around for a few seconds and then empty into a paper towel. Do this a few times until your syringe is clean. Mine had a tiny bit left in the very tip so I used my cake tester to finish the cleaning.

Before you wash your glass container and spoon, wipe them down with a paper towel. This will ensure that the chapstick doesn’t go down your drain and clog it up!

5 filled chapstick containers with the lids off and chapstick rolled up

Not only will you love how easy peasy this DIY chapstick is to make, you’ll also love how smooth and soft it makes your lips. Say goodbye to those chapped lips!


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Comments (25)

  1. Andie Conn February 10 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    With all of those good-for-you ingredients, this has to work! (: Thanks for sharing. I’m definitely sharing!

    • Tshanina Peterson February 11 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Andie, you’re going to love how soft it makes your lips feel!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Mandi February 13 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    This looks great! Pinning!

    I found you in the Blogging on the Side FB Group!

    • Tshanina Peterson February 14 at 9:31 am - Reply

      You’re going to love it, Mandi!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. Mandie March 2 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I have fractionated coconut oil and avocado oil which is full of vitamin E. Will these 2 work fine for this recipe??

    • Tshanina Peterson March 2 at 9:52 am - Reply

      To be totally honest, I’ve only made the recipe with the coconut oil. That being said, it’s definitely worth trying with the avocado oil. You could even make half the recipe to see how it turns out!

      Thanks for stopping by, Mandie!

  4. Heather July 22 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I am just curious, if I wanted to make different flavors for my daughter, how would I do so?

    • Tshanina Peterson July 23 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Heather,
      You could add in different “flavors” of essential oils.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Jennifer November 24 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    How many tubes of lip balm does the recipe make?

    • Tshanina Peterson November 25 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Great question, Jennifer! I’d believe it was around 20, depending on how full you fill them.

  6. Jeremy December 15 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Hello, I was just wondering what makes this medicated. I use the blistex medicated religiously because if not I will get cold sores. I have wanted to make my own medicated chapstick since I make all my own lotions but I didn’t know how to go about getting it medicated.

    • Tshanina Peterson December 22 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Jeremy! The Vitamin E Oil is an antioxidant that protects your lips, acts as a sunscreen, and soothes and relieves chapping.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Star December 29 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Would you want to caution the use of Wintergreen for those using blood thinners and particularly for pregnant women due to the teratogenic effects of methyl salicylate? I think the dosage here is below the 5% that is considered safe, but from my understanding pregnant women should always avoid it.

    • Tshanina Peterson January 4 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing, Star!

  8. Nina December 30 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    If you live in a warmer climate – do you think this will melt inside the containers?

    • Tshanina Peterson January 4 at 11:22 am - Reply

      If it was extremely hot, yes, they might melt. It really depends on the temps though!

  9. Trisha January 14 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    This recipe is awesome and easy. I was hoping th swinger green would give the mentholated feel of the medicated brand name. Would it be better to sub eucalyptus oil for the wintergreen? For me personally, I can’t smell the wintergreen over the coco butter and it dies not “chill the lips” like the brand name stuff.

    • Tshanina Peterson January 15 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      I have not tried using eucalyptus but that’s a great idea, Trisha!

  10. Kristina June 22 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Just an FYI…if you are using aromatic oils, they should never be ingested. If you are using therapeutic grade oils like doterra wintergreen is NEVER ok to ingest. Please do your research.

    • Tshanina Peterson June 23 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Hi Kristina,
      You are correct in that wintergreen oils should not be ingested. That being said, chapstick is topically applied to your lips and I never recommend that it be eaten.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Joan April 29 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Can you use Shea butter instead of cocoa butter?

    • Tshanina Peterson May 1 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Hi Joan! I haven’t personally used shea butter instead of cocoa butter but I don’t know why you couldn’t.

      If you end up trying it please let us know how it turns out!

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