DIY Chapstick - Simple Natural Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe

by Colton Thomas

Here is a simple recipe to make an all natural lip balm like Burt's Beeswax. It hardly requires any ingredients and you end up saving way more money making it yourself. All you need is Beeswax, Shea Butter and Vitamin E oil. You could also get away with skipping the Vitamin E oil since Shea Butter does have Vitamin E in it but the oil will give a little boost of this skin-nurturing oil. 

The recipe below fills up about 30 chapstick tubes.


  • 1/3 Cup Shea Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Beeswax 
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 15-20 Drops Vitamin E Oil (Optional, if you want that extra boost of Vitamin E)
  • 55-60 Drops Peppermint Oil (Optional, I prefer without but this is a popular addition)


Step 1. Melt the Beeswax
Melt the beeswax using the double boil method as pictured. I usually make multiple things at once so I melt 1 lb at a time but you can break off what you need and melt only that.
 Double Boil Beeswax to Melt
Step 2. Combine All Ingredients
Once the beeswax has melted, add the Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E drops and Peppermint drops. Turn the burner off but leave the mixture in the hot pot of water so that it doesn't solidify quick. Mix until it is a homogeneous melted wax. This only takes about a minute.
 Adding Ingredients to Make Beeswax Lip Balm
Step 3. Pour in Chapstick Tubes, Aluminum Tins or other containers
If you have a steady hand you can pour the melted mixture directly into the chapstick tubes. Otherwise you can use a pipette and suck up the melted mixture to drop right into the chapstick tubes. I've also used Aluminum Tins but I find that it works best to increase the amount of Coconut Oil to make the lip balm softer and easier to put on with your fingers. 
It is a good idea to test your lip balm and make sure it is the consistency you want. The best way to do this is to take a small spoonful of the mixture with a metal dinner spoon. Let it cool until hardened (this should only take a minute) and try some on your lips. If you want the mixture firmer, add more Beeswax, if you want it softer add more Coconut Oil and a little bit of Shea Butter.
Step 4. Cool!
It cools very quickly! Once cooled you can cap the tubes and tins and you are all done. It is easy, natural and much more cost effective and higher quality when compared to other lip balms sold in stores.