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Homemade Chapstick, Lip Balm & Salve Recipes (With Aromatherapy)

Updated on September 19, 2011

When your lips are chapped and dry, don't reach for store-bought products containing parabens and petroleum. Mineral oils and additives dry out the sensitive skin, temporarily soothing, but in the end, resulting in the need for more and more product to keep lips luscious and moisturized. Instead, mix up one of these simple recipes in your home. Each stores well at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for up to six months. They make great gifts for friends and family, or provide a fun activity for a group gathering or sleepover.

Essential oils can be added to each of these recipes for scent and soothing properties. I recommend no more than 4 drops per ounce, meaning 4 drops maximum for the Simple Chap Stick, 10 drops maximum for the Basic Balm, and maximum 8 drops for the Lip-Saving Salve. In the latter two, you may also substitute cocoa butter for shea butter and add a drop or two of chocolate extract for a rich cocoa-scented lip treat!

Simple Chap Stick

Makes about 10 oz (40 1/4-oz chap stick tubes)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax flakes or pellets
  • 4 large-sized vitamin E capsules

Instructions

Place all ingredients in heat-safe measuring cup or bowl and place in double boiler, or a medium saucepan of water over low heat. Allow hot water to melt ingredients, but prevent from boiling. When all solids have melted, remove from heat and stir until well combined. Pour into chap stick tubes or lip balm jars and allow to cool completely, uncovered, before sealing or using.

Basic Balm

Makes about 2.5 oz (10 1/4-oz lip balm jars)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz shea butter
  • 2/3 oz jojoba oil
  • 1/3 oz extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ oz white beeswax flakes or pellets
  • 1/4 oz candelilla wax flakes

Instructions

Place all ingredients in heat-safe measuring cup or bowl and place in double boiler, or a large saucepan of water over low heat. Allow hot water to melt ingredients, but prevent from boiling. When all solids have melted, remove from heat and stir until well combined. Pour into small lip balm jars or tubes and allow to cool completely, uncovered, before sealing or using.

Lip-Saving Salve

Makes 2 oz (8 1/4-oz lip gloss bottles)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tsp soy wax
  • 4 tsp shea butter
  • 15 large-sized vitamin E capsules

Instructions

Place all ingredients in heat-safe measuring cup or bowl and place in double boiler, or a large saucepan of water over low heat. Allow hot water to melt ingredients, but prevent from boiling. When all solids have melted, remove from heat and stir until well combined. Pour into small lip gloss bottles and allow to cool completely before closing or using.

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi Christine!

      You can definitely substitute soybean oil for olive oil. Have fun!

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      Christine Mann 5 years ago

      THank you for these great recipes!! I cant use olive oil, so what is a good substitute? Can I use a Soybean oil? There are only a few oils I can safely use on my skin :P makes it hard to find a recipe that will work for me!

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Wow, @LasINMT! Thanks for pointing that out. It was clearly a typo. I'll go back and fix it right now. I really appreciate you pointing it out!

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      LasInMT 5 years ago

      Love your easy do recipes. I might mention that your amount of recipe for the basic chapstick seems a bit off. I mean a cup of oil to begin with well yield by itself 8 ounces of product add the wax and you've got more than 1 oounce of product. More like 10 times that. Just thought someone might not realize and end up with far more lipbalm then they were expecting. If that should happen just put excess into a clean sterile canning jar and freeze. Use straight sided jars if you have them and most mayo lids well fit these perfect and you can melt and make more lip sticks as you need. And not worry too much about the wax and oils going bad kept in the freezer. I actually keep my lip balms and sticks in the freezer until I need one to carry.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Very interesting. I never thought about making my own lip balm.

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      Watebvvadasa 6 years ago

      hi, im watebvvadasa but u can call me dasa cos that's my real name. i like making my own lip balm its fun. but what can i use instead of beeswax i don't have beeswax pellets or blocks. ive got coloured beeswax sheets and small tealight candles. will either of them work?

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      deerinheadlights 7 years ago from deep in the heart of Texas

      Wow, I didn't realize how easy it was to make lip balm. I will surely try this, as I always have chapped lips. Thanks for the great article.

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      Lisa McGrimmon 8 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes. I'm planning to make some of my own cosmetics in the near future (I'm waiting because I'm pregnant right now and understand that some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy).I see your recipes use olive oil, and I've seen that before, but I've also seen lip balm recipes with almond oil. Do you know if there's much difference in using either of these two types of oils?

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      Anita Burke 9 years ago

      I love making my own body products, so thanks for the great recipes!

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      Maddie Ruud 9 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Kat07:

      I recommend essential oils of lavender and jasmine for a soothing effect, orange or grapefruit essential oil for a little bit of a pick-me-up, and peppermint or eucalyptus for those cold winter months (use 1-2 drops total per ounce of these last two to avoid excessive irritation--all you want is a tingle!).

      If you want, since the batches are large (especially for the balm and salve), make your basic mixture, divide it up, and mix different oils into each before pouring and cooling. That way you'll have a variety, and can pick and choose depending on mood!

      Have fun!

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      wammytk 9 years ago from Iowa

      Great hub, mattie. I make mine own also. A lot of over the counter lip balms do have cancer causing agents. I also color mine so it adds a little color to my lips.

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      Kat07 9 years ago from Tampa

      What types of essential oils do you recommend?

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      Maddie Ruud 9 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Kat07:

      The chap stick is the easiest, simplest formula for those who don't want something complicated, but still want a homemade solution to chapped lips.

      The basic balm is the best for adding essential oils to, and packs a little more of a moisturizing punch because of the variety of natural oils and butters.

      The salve is a softer, more liquid consistency. Works great as a lip gloss because of the shine, or as an overnight treatment or intense therapy for winter or dry summer spells.

      Thanks for reading! Enjoy!

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      Kat07 9 years ago from Tampa

      Maddie, thanks a lot! What is the difference besides the ingredients between the 3 recipes?