One of my goals for the self reliance journey was to learn to make chapstick. I just happened to run out of the store-bought stuff a couple months ago, so the timing was perfect.
It’s really simple, really fun, and really rewarding to do, in my opinion. Well worth the effort! The bonus is that you don’t need many ingredients, and they are all natural. You can easily make a totally organic chapstick.
So, here’s the basic info. Because I’ve recently discovered other bloggers posting my recipes (and sometimes even pictures, which is weird, cause I suck at picture taking) without permission or linking back to me, I’m not going to share the exact recipe that I use. I’ll give you the basic idea though, and this’ll get you a great chapstick! (I’ve made minor adjustments to my own lip balm.)
You want equal parts of the following:
- Beeswax (preferably organic, locally harvested. I get mine locally at Cox Honeyland)
- African Shea Butter (I bought mine from Amazon.com)
- Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, or jojoba oil
- chapstick tubes
(If you do about 2 Tbsp of each of these ingredients, you’ll be able to fill 10 or so chapstick tubes.) Melt all the ingredients together in a double boiler over simmering (NOT boiling) water. When it’s all melted through, you can add organic scent, if desired. Pour into chapstick tubes and let cool. It’s that simple!
Now, my chapstick isn’t the “pretty” white, because I opted to buy the raw shea butter, raw organic beeswax, etc. If you want the white you will have to buy the lighter version of those products. I personally prefer it as unprocessed as possible.
As I searched for recipes, I came across a lot of great ones, but the ones that I used to create my own are: