This is so easy you won’t BELIEVE it!
And once you start to make your own you’ll never go back. For several reasons, one of them being that you will have ALOT of leftover ingredients to use LOL 😀
My recipe (from Christine’s Homemade Creations or CHC) is so good for your skin, I use it on chapped skin during the winter and my elbows, etc. Homemade stuff is not exclusively for lips! YAY!
It only takes the tiniest amount of ingredients to make a single chapstick, so plan on making around 20 of them. Don’t worry, you will have no problems finding ways to use them up or give them away. 🙂
Your base needs to be hard at room temp. I prefer beeswax, just for it’s health qualities and natural smell. I used to put in a little cocoa butter for obvious reasons, but have found that many people block on the butters, so I wont risk it, please don’t risk it!!!
Soybean Oil is your cheapest option
Ricebran Oil has natural SPF
Wheat Germ oil is pretty pricey but really nice
Corn Oil I have not used yet.
Emu Oil is a favorite for all the healthy, healing properties.
Vit E oil, either in capsules or liquid form, used in small amounts. It tends to be a bit sticky.
Lanolin Oil is a fabulous help repairing any chapped or dry skin
*please note, I do not use colors, flavors or fragrances in my chap sticks for health purposes. You will need a different HOW TO for using those things 🙂
4 parts oil to 2 parts solid ingredients (ish). Chap stick is very forgiving 🙂
Beeswax has a high melting point, and you want to keep as much good stuff in your oils as possible, so I melt the beeswax first, and then add the rest before pouring into my chap stick containers.
Using a glass Pirex container, You can melt the solid ingredients in the microwave (I detest Microwaves) or on your stove in a water bath, which is my preference.
Then add the rest of your ingredients. If it solidifies immediately, just put back on the stove for a few seconds till it all melts again.
**Be careful pouring!!!!!! I get chap stick stuff EVERYWHERE when I pour. Those little tiny openings are actually pretty hard to pour into! So make sure you have your favorite
pouring container that dosn’t dribble down the spout. My fav is my 4 cup pirex measuring glass jar. It stays nice and hot, so the ingredients don’t stick to the sides.
The little containers will just fall over if you try to stand them up on paper towel or something, so your best bet is to just let the wax get on your table, and then pop it off with a knife when it cools. My recipe isn’t rock hard, so all you need is a warm wash cloth to get the rest off.
If saving money is your purpose, it’s cheapest to buy the tiny plastic containers at your local Dollar Store or something. You just have to use your finger to dig it out. I can get real chap stick containers shipped to me pretty cheap with my case of other ingredients and containers, but if chap stick is all you are going for, I suggest the Dollar Store. 🙂
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