Lip chap is a very simple item to make at home and it saves a lot of money over buying organic brands at the store. These also make a great gift item, stocking stuffer or a safe play make up for kids. I keep a lot on hand when doula-ing to give to laboring moms as hospital air can really dry out skin and lips.
Since lip products are applied right next to the mouth and nose, I find it especially important to make sure they contain all natural ingredients, especially if children use them also. Lip chap is an incredibly easy recipe that can be customized to your preferences. I pour them in to these inexpensive lip chap containers for easy application, but re-using little jars or tins works really well too. (I had a bunch of tiny sample size jam jars that were in our room at a hotel one time and they are perfect for this as well).
If you haven’t made your own beauty products before, I’d encourage you to try it! With a lot of the same ingredients, you can make a natural lip salve. tinted lip balm or even homemade lipstick .
The basic Lip Chap recipe is below, but have fun experimenting with the oils an flavors to get the scent and flavor you like. Mint is my favorite, especially in the winter!
Lip Chap Ingredients:
- 1 part beeswax (example- 1 tablespoon)
- 2 parts shea, cocoa or mango butter (example-2 tablespoons)
- 2 parts coconut oil (example-2 tablespoons)
- 20 drops of essential oil of choice (or more or less to your preference) I use
20+ drops of peppermint essential oil for a cooling and refreshing lip chap.
What to Do:
- Put about an inch of water in the bottom of a small pan and turn on medium heat.
- Place a small (pint size or smaller) jar in the water, being careful not to get in water inside the jar.
- Place all ingredients except the essential oils inside the glass jar and slowly melt, making sure not to get any water in jar. I use 2 tablespoons each of the butter(s) and coconut oil and 1 tablespoons of beeswax. This fills about 18 tubes.
- When all ingredients are melted, stir well and turn off heat, but leave jar in the water to keep warm.
- Stir in the essential oils.
- Use a glass dropper to quickly fill the [url:5]containers[/url]. I leave the jar in the water but turn off the heat to keep the ingredients liquid while I do this.
- The mixture will settle slightly as it cools, so I also re-top the containers after about 2 minutes as they start to harden.
- Let sit without touching for several hours or until completely hardened.
- Store in a cool dry place (they will last for at least a year if stored correctly).
Note: This will make a medium firm lip chap. If you prefer a firmer and longer lasting lip chap, you can add more beeswax, up to double the recommended amount. If you prefer a smoother and more oily lip chap, you can reduce the amount of beeswax.
Here are some other DIY beauty recipes if you want to branch out: