DIY Natural and Easy Chapstick | Medicated Lip Balm

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Say goodbye to chapped lips with this DIY natural and easy chapstick! The best part about this medicated lip balm is that you’ll have it made in just 20 minutes with this super easy recipe.

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Say goodbye to chapped lips with this DIY natural and easy chapstick! The best part about this medicated lip balm is that you'll have it made in just 20 minutes with this super easy recipe.
Say goodbye to chapped lips with this DIY natural and easy chapstick! The best part about this medicated lip balm is that you'll have it made in just 20 minutes with this super easy recipe.

tubes of diy chapstick sitting on a table

Trent and I are constantly using chapstick so I figured I would try making my very own chapstick. Who knew it was so easy?! I under 20 minutes I had whipped up 20 tubes of lip balm. After making my own chapstick, I doubt I’ll be going back to the commercial lip balm.

diy chapstick supplies

DIY Natural and Easy Chapstick Ingredients

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

28 drops Wintergreen Essential Oils

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!

bottles of diy chapstick

The Chapstick Possibilities Are Endless

Essential Oil Flavors for DIY Chapstick

If you’re not a big fan of wintergreen, you can easily use these other essential oils.

  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Mandarin
  • Tangerine
  • Lemon
  • Lime

I’ve found that the key to using various essential oil flavors in my lip balm is to test out how many drops of essential oil I need by putting a few drops of the mixture on my finger until it’s at my desired amount.

row of empty chapstick containers with lid off

DIY Chapstick Containers

I used a traditional chapstick holder but you can definitely use these flat and round lip balm containers or these flat and rectangular containers . (Whichever tickles your fancy.)

DIY Tinted Chapstick

If you want a tinted lip balm simply add 1 teaspoon of mica powder to your melted chapstick mixture (before you add it to the containers).

Choose from these different color options:

cocoa butter - half is cut into pieces

The Cocoa Butter I purchased came in a 16 oz block. 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.

diy chapstick supplies

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!

Cleaning the Syringe

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!

diy chapstick with the lids off and chapstick rolled up

You’re going to love how smooth and soft this DIY easy and natural chapstick recipe makes your lips feel. You’ll literally be able to 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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