What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Chapstick?

Making your own lip balm at home is easy, fun, and best of all, much cheaper than constantly buying new ChapSticks. As amazing as ChapStick is for keeping lips soft and smooth, they aren’t exactly cheap. They also contain a lot of synthetic preservatives that your lips just don’t need.

By making your own DIY lip balms, you’ll have something just as hydrating as ChapStick without the added chemicals. Read on to learn what ingredients should go into your homemade ChapStick.

Basic DIY ChapStick Ingredients

All homemade lip balms consist of a few basic ingredients. These include wax, carrier oils, essential oils, and butter. Let’s learn more about these different categories:


A cosmetic-grade wax is used to solidify your lip balm. It helps keep all the liquid ingredients together. The most popular type of wax to use in lip balms is beeswax, but there are several alternatives for people who are sensitive to beeswax or prefer a vegan option.


Beeswax is secreted by honeybees and is found in most DIY lip balm recipes. It naturally hardens without becoming too waxy and stiff.

Candelilla Wax

Candelilla wax is derived from the leaves of the Candelilla shrub found in Mexico. It’s the most frequently used alternative to beeswax since it gives lip balms gloss and hardness without being too sticky.

Soy Wax

Soy wax comes from soybeans and naturally hardens while being significantly cheaper than other beeswax alternatives.

Carnauba Wax

Carnauba wax is derived from the leaves of Carnauba palm trees and has a high melting point and hard wax.


The fats found in different types of butter help firm the lip balm while providing moisture to the lips. The most popular options for lip balms are shea butter, cocoa butter, and mango butter.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is extracted from shea tree nuts and has a soft, creamy consistency that easily spreads across your skin and lips.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is derived from cocoa beans and has a delicious chocolate aroma. It’s soft and silky, which helps create a protective barrier to retain moisture in your lips.

Mango Butter

Mango butter is derived from mango seeds and is soft to the touch. It’s also packed with nutrients which makes it perfect for healing and protecting your lips.

Carrier Oil

A high-quality carrier oil provides most of the moisture found in lip balms. They’re typically full of vitamins and nutrients, with a mild flavor and scent. Some of the common oils used in lip balms are jojoba oil, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil comes from the seeds of the desert Jojoba plant and is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, so it’s great for healing chapped lips.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is derived from coconuts and helps serve as a protective layer for your lips so that they can retain their natural moisture.

Sweet Almond Oil

Derived from almonds, sweet almond oil is full of fatty acids and nutrients, so it helps keep your lips hydrated while keeping them super soft.

Essential Oil

Essential oils are used in small amounts to add fragrance and extra health benefits to your lip balm. The common essential oils found in our copycat ChapStick recipes are peppermint essential oil, spearmint essential oil, and orange essential oil.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil comes from the peppermint herb and has a cool, refreshing fragrance that smells fresh and helps relieve dryness.

Easy DIY Peppermint ChapStick Recipe


  • 2 tbsp beeswax pellets
  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 10-12 drops of peppermint essential oil


1.    Use the double boiler method (see the recipe for lip balms) to melt the shea butter and beeswax pellets over medium heat.

2.    Add the coconut oil and stir well, making sure not to let the mixture overheat.

3.    Remove from heat and add the orange essential oil.

4.    Pour into lip balm tubes – this recipe will make around 12 lip balms.

5.    Allow the lip balms to cool and solidify for around 30 minutes before using.

This recipe leaves your lips feeling soft and smooth, with a perfect peppermint scent just like mint ChapStick.

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About the Author: Jenni Mac

Hi, I’m Jenni! I am a health and beauty blogger that loves making homemade beauty products. I have been blogging for over three years now, my first blog is RawBeautyBlog.com - it is all about natural products, DIY skin care, inner beauty, and anything else to do with natural living.

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