Lesson# 144 The Best Gifts are Homemade {Natural Chapstick}

December 20, 2011

After searching FAR AND WIDE for an awesome Christmas gift for my girlfriends this year... I finally landed on the best gift project I'm made thus far.

I mean, this is way better than painted frames, decorated mugs and puff painted totes. Introducing the gift that's inexpensive, fun to make, and is actually useful in real life! WOAH! What a concept, right?

Homemade Natural Chapstick
(because who needs another crocheted tissue box cover?)






INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz beeswax (1 and a half tablets)
6 vitamin E capsules
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (2=more rigid, 3=softer)
2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil
2-3 teaspoons of cocoa butter
25-30 empty chap stick tubes OR 15 lip balm containers



DIRECTIONS
1. Boil water a few inches deep in a pot
2. Combine ingredients in a measuring cup. If your vitamin E is in pill form, create a small hole and squeeze gel out of capsules.
3. Place measuring cup in few inches of mildly boiling water (creating a double boiler effect to avoid burning and encourage even melting). Please handle with caution as hot oil and water mixing can be very dangerous.
4. Stir while ingredients melt together into a combined liquid
5. Once liquid is melted, poor into a spoon and let harden about 1 minute
6. Test the consistency of your mixture. Add more solids or liquids as needed. (example: more beeswax firms it up, and olive oil will make it less firm)
7. Place spoon back in melted mixture to remove test.
8. Once happy with consistency, carefully pour into tubes or containers. Measuring cup handle may be hot.  I have heard that plastic droppers work well, but we had no problem carefully pouring it right out of the measuring cup.



Where I found my ingredients:

Organic olive oil (local health food store)
Organic coconut oil (local health food store)
Vitamin E tablets (local health food store)
Raw cocoa butter (ebay)
Empty chap stick tubes (ebay and a few pill boxes)
Raw beeswax (ebay)
clear printer labels (walmart)

Aren't they adorable?

Be Brave and EXPERIMENT!
Okay, so obviously this isn't a perfect science! What is nice, is you are able to test out your melted ingredient mix VERY easily along the way. I really enjoyed being able to adjust it until I was happy with it. The amount of ingedients may vary on your preference, but also the quality and density of your products. Use this recipe as a base, but don't be afraid to be creative.

Be Kind to your Recipients
Be sure to buy product that are basically edible, or food-grade quality since people will be putting this on their lips :) You can add flavors, colors and all sorts of exciting things... but beware that it may change how long your chap stick may last.


The Natural Smell
My end product had a nice and very light honey/coconut smell to it, and I REALLY like the texture. I was impressed with the product more than I thought I would. The vitamin E really helps to smooth everything out, so don't skip!

Dress 'em Up!
I think it is SO worth it to spend a little more to add the finishing touch of personalized labels. I purchased the tiny clear avery printer labels and listed the ingredients so those with allergies could be aware :)

Cost per Tube
The total cost I think was around $1 per tube, but I have seriously 75 percent of all my ingredients left! Most things come in 10-16 ounces worth, so go half-sies with a friend. If I used up all my products, I think it would be around .25 a tube!

I would LOVE to hear how your chapstick-making adventures go or if you make any awesome new recipes or discoveries, so keep me in the loop! 


I have to show off my chap-stick helper who snuck into a photo :) 
(don't mind my messy closet in the background) My  family was visiting this week, and of course my dad jumped right in on my newest project and did all the pouring! He has always been so supportive of my little hobbies through the years. I love you dad! 





45 comments:

  1. wow I never thought I could make my own Chapstick.
    this is an amazing idea
    thank you for sharing!

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  2. Anna, this is great! I am addicted to chapstick and glosses, and now I really want to make these. I shall add it to my 2012 projects list. ;-) I love your photos too. Say hi to your parents for me!

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  3. Supper great! Where did you get the tubes?

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  4. This is going on my bucket list. Thanks. And I'd like to know where you get the tubes also.

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  5. ruthnorris1@gmail.comDecember 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Hi there,
    May I ask from whom you purchased the tubes? I am planning to make some chapstick/lip balm since I have beeswax (and bees!) but it seems like the jars are tubes are a little high.

    Ruth

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    1. http://www.bulkapothecary.com/

      heres a link for tubes and jars
      http://www.bulkapothecary.com/categories/containers/lip-balm-tubes-jars-and-tins.html

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    2. Thanks for the share. I can hardly wait to go to the health food store, I am in need of some supplies anyway, and had already planned to go. I will definitely be making this for my son-in-love "law" who has an obsession with chapstick, and thinks I can make ANYTHING. Thanks again.

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  6. Hi friends!

    The ebay seller I bought the tubes from is.... http://myworld.ebay.com/genegenejr/

    Happy chapstick making to you!!

    Anna

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  7. ruthnorris1@gmail.comDecember 30, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    Thanks! I've already had fun winding down from Christmas by standing at the stove slowly melting and purifying my beeswax as the first step.

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  8. Love to try this as soon as I get my supplies. ♥

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  9. You can also buy the tubes on Amazon.com

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  10. Your dad's a sweetheart. I would love to try one of these first. Just might go for it, though; this is a great idea.

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  11. I just ordered the empty tubes to make my own!
    I'm 100% addicted to lip balms! I always tell people if I were stranded on a desert island, one of my 3 things I couldn't live without would be lip balm!
    So I couldn't think of anything better than homemade and personalized lip balms for wedding favors for my upcoming wedding in August. I will tell you how they turn out, and how well they are received.
    I will also let you know how well it goes, as I am making 200 tubes!

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    1. How did the making 200 tubes go?? SO GREAT! I would love to be at a wedding where chapstick is the favor! AMAZING! Happy 2nd month of being married to you Dawn :)

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  12. I tried this and it works, to add flavor and color i just added dry Kool-aid to the mix wile it was melting and it adds the flavor and color to the chapstick.

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  13. Where can you get labels? I was thinking about using this at one of my wedding favors!

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  14. I purchased my labels from walmart :) They are the extra small clear ones by avery. I took my blank tube to the store so that I could see which ones fit best.

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  15. www.mountainroseherbs.com has everything you need to make lip balm, including the containers!

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  16. Can I substitute shea butter for the cocoa butter?

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    1. hmmmm... I would imagine so but have never tried it... maybe try googling "chapstick recipes shea butter" and see if you like any that come up?

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  17. Hi I was wondering how much flavoring to put into the mixture?

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    1. hmmmm... I didn't add any flavoring, but maybe flavor just one tube first and see if it needs to be adjusted OR find a recipe with flavoring and see how many oz. they add per batch and apply it to this one? :) good luck!

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  18. Hello friend! I actually did not use any scent or color in this chapstick :) It has a lovely honey-type smell to it.

    If you are looking to add some flavor... make sure it is food-grade since you will be putting it on your lips. The tubes I used hold .15 oz/4.25 g of product, so you will have to follow the instructions on the flavor you buy!

    Best wishes!! love, Anna

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  19. @Jenny, I'm not quite sure about cocoa butter vs. shea butter... you could always look up a Chapstick recipe that uses shea butter because I know there are some! Good luck! love, Anna

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  20. Thanks for the recipe! This definitely sounds like a good idea for me, because I'm allergic to the dyes, scents and flavors in most chapsticks/lip glosses.

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  21. I love the idea of making my own chapstick! We go through it like crazy! I was wondering, is there anything you can use instead of the coconut oil? We're allergic to coconuts in our house. Also, how long can you store/use these?
    -Alexa

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    1. Good question! I know for recipes things like butter/crisco are good substitutes because they are solid at room temperature... but I am not familiar with something that would hold at room temperature besides coconut oil...

      I would find a natural chapstick recipe that just avoids it altogether! I wouldn't know the right proportions of beeswax oil etc. because I haven't tried without but I'm certain they are out there! Good luck!

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  22. Me han encantado. Mi sabor: menta y naranja.
    Desde Mallorca

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    1. que sabrosa ;) mi gusta la menta también....que fresco y nutritiva para mis labios.

      thanks for stopping by friend! :)

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  23. Thinking about trying to put a little bit of my favorite bare minerals blush to tint this.

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  24. Awe, i can't wait to try it! I'm thinking I am going to flavor it peppermint! See any problems with that? Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Peppermint sounds delightful! Make sure it is food-grade quality so it is safe for your lips :)

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  25. Yay I can't wait to try this. I am thinking adding peppermint flavor, you see any problems with that? Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Anna, I´ll go try your recipe.it seems so delicious!! kisses from Portugal

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  27. I was so excited to find your recipe, i too am addicted to chapstick, love the natural stuff but it can get expensive. I was thinking about flavoring mine, do you think pure essentail oils are ok to use? I know there are a few that you don't want to put on your skin unless they are diluted, do you think they will be fine in this recipe?

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    1. Make sure they are food-grade so they are safe for your lips! :)

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  28. I am about to make this. I have all of the ingredients/materials. I was just wondering how big your vitamin e capsules were. Mine are from the dollar store. They seem kind of small to me, but I have never purcheased them before, so i don't really know what is normal.If you wouldn't mind letting me know the size of your capsules, or the amount of liquid from them, I would appreciate it.

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    1. Hello friend! I used 6 capsules that were each 400IU of Vitamin E, so that's 2400 IU total! Good luck!

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  29. I just finished making these as a part of my Christmas gifts for this year....absolutely love it! Everything turned out great & I'm sure all who receive them will enjoy! Thank you!

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  30. HOORAY! So wonderful to hear! I gave mine a year ago now and I still here rave reviews and requests for seconds :)

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  31. I have made this twice and LOVE it! thank you soo much for posting this recipe. I used cocoa butter the first batch and used shea butter for my second because my friend hates chocolate,can you imagine that?! me neither :) I wanted to know how long this lip balm lasts until it expires. Thanks!

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  32. I love your template! Do you mind sharing this as a word document so that I am able to print onto the avery labels? Thanks!

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  33. what's the shelf life of this recipe? really wanna try this ^_^

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