August 15, 2015 by Katie
Here’s a little fact about me…I love MINT. Mint chocolate, mint ice cream, mint shampoo, mint lotion, and yes, I especially adore mint chapstick. And since I can’t seem to buy one that is minty enough for me, I made my own. And you know what?! It was SO easy!! My first batch turned out awesome! I used a combo of real food ingredients that you can’t go wrong with for moisturizing, sun protection, and repair: cocoa butter, mango butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.
Luckily these ingredients were already in my pantry and all I had to order was chapstick containers. You can visit my Amazon Store to see which containers and products I bought for the recipe below. I look forward to giving these chapsticks away at Burning Man! Because I’m taking these to the desert in peak summer, I added extra beeswax to ensure they don’t melt. If you want your chapstick to be be thicker when it glides on, use a little less beeswax, around 1-2 tbsps.
Do you like colored gloss? Try adding the last bits of your favorite lipsticks to the mix!
I think all you naturalists out there will love this recipe! If you’re not a fan of mint, that’s ok…just add whatever essential oils you’d like! An orange/lemon combo sounds nice or maybe vanilla, for a sweeter taste. Good Luck DIY’ers!
The Mintiest of Chapsticks – Recipe yields 25-30 Round Tubed Chapsticks
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax + 2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp mango butter or shea butter
15+ drops of peppermint essential oils
*Optional- 5+ drops of tea tree essential oil for extra boldness.
1. Prepare a double boiler, set to low heat, and add all the ingredients except for the essential oils. You add them last, after they’ve been removed from the heat, so you don’t ruin their beneficial properties.
2. Melt the ingredients, stirring frequently.
3. While your ingredients are melting prepare a few egg crates. These will hold your chapstick containers in place while you fill them and keep them from getting knocked over as they cool. Using scissors stab/cut small openings into the bottoms of the egg cartons. This part is actually pretty easy because most have these semi-cut circles already in them, so all you have to do is poke them out. Uncap and stick your chapstick containers into the upside down egg crates. Set aside until ready to pour.
4. Test your chapstick for consistency. Spoon a few droplets into a small dish and let cool. Once hardened, try it on! You can adjust it from here. Melt more beeswax into the mix for a harder chap or add more mango or cocoa butter for a creamier texture.
5. After you’re happy with the consistency of your chap remove the mixture from the heat and add your essential oils. I used a ton of peppermint oil and a few drops of tea tree oil, but you can add and adjust this to your liking.
6. Pour the mixture into the chapstick containers. You can use a pipette or anything with a pour spout. I used a glass pyrex measuring cup, but next time I’ll be ordering the pipettes!
7. Do your best to fill the chapstick container to the brim. Once they’re cooled, about 30 minutes, you can cap them, label them, and start giving them out!
Hope you guys enjoy this chapstick as much as I do!