Burts Bees Lip Balm Recipe {Copy Cat}

So easy to make your own Burt's Bees Lip Balm from home. Takes about 3 minutes to melt ingredients and pour into tubes/containers. MUST MAKE THIS! - Happymoneysaver.com

I absolutely LOVE Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and I recreated the perfect copycat recipe from scratch!

History of Lip Balms

Our ancestors didn’t have the luxury of owning many beauty products. From what I have researched it looks like when they got chapped lips they used goose or duck fat, vaseline, and in a pioneer memoir there was even mention of someone using ear wax (ewww!).  Chapstick itself wasn’t invented until the early 1880’s by Dr. Charles Browne Fleet and didn’t get popular until around 1912. He was a physician from Virginia and invented ChapStick as a lip balm. The handmade product looked like this picture.



Making Homemade Burt’s Bees Lip Balm from Scratch

I wanted to try to make my own lip balm from scratch.


Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is my ultimate favorite – in fact if I had to go on the show “Survivor” it would probably be one of things I would choose to bring. I just gotta have my Burt’s Bees! Since I love it so much  I wondered if I could make it myself.

I turned the tube around and read through the ingredients: Beeswax, Sunflower oil, Vitamin E, Lanolin, Peppermint and Rosemary. Yes..yes I think I could make a copy cat recipe of Burt’s Bees Lip Balm! And so that’s just what I did.

I got right to work looking for and ordering up some of these natural items like Beeswax and Lanolin.  Found some chapstick tubes online and ordered them in. Then I played in my kitchen for a few days trying to get the recipe right. And I did it! My recipe feels, smells and tastes just like Burt’s Bees Lip Balm!! Plus when I did the math they only end up costing me only $0.12 per tube – wow!



  • 20 grams Beeswax (about 3 Tablespoons of the whiter beads, but you can use a white/yellow bar too)
  • 20 grams Cocoa Butter or Coconut Oil(about 2 Tablespoons) 
  • 45 grams Sunflower Oil (1/4 cup)
  • 8 drops Vitaman E oil (4 vitamin E oil tablets worth)
  • 2 drops Rosemary essential oil 
  • 12 drops Peppermint essential oil 
  • Pea-sized drop of Lanolin (don’t use much of this or your balm will taste bad)


I added the ingredients in grams so that if you have a little scale you can get accurate & exact measurements (which is best) but if you don’t have a scale I measured them too.

I never realized how extremely easy it is to make chapstick! Basically all you need to do is melt it all and pour into your containers!  Easy peasy.

When I first started making chapstick recipes I just used a glass measuring cup and melted my recipes in the microwave which worked perfectly fine. But then my microwave broke so now I am using a double boiler method, but you could just melt it in a pot too. I used a metal measuring cup to add all my ingredients into.

Step one – measure out all your ingredients except essential oils into a cup or pan. I cut open the little Vitamin E tablets and squeezed the good stuff into the cup.


Next, melt all the ingredients, and stir. The beeswax seemed to take the longest to melt, but it was all melted within a couple of minutes. 


Once it’s all melted add your essential oils and mix it up.


Then test it out, to make sure it has the flavor you want by letting a tiny bit cool on your finger. Rub it on your lips and check if its just right. If you feel it needs more mint or other flavorings, add more!

Then use a dropper to add the melted goodness into chapstick tubes. (If it cools too quickly before you’re done filling your tubes, just pop it in the microwave till it melts again.)


Then voila! You are done. Just let them all cool.


I had more liquid than I had tubes so I poured the rest into a small container and let it cool. I will stick this one in my bathroom and use it everyday, it will probably last me a whole year!


I cannot believe how easy it was to make my favorite Burt’s Bees Lip Balm from home.




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WORTH THE COST? YES as each tube costs $0.12 each to make + about $0.17 for tube/caps vs. $3.00 Burts Bees Lip Balm at store

WORTH THE TIME? YES – super quick, easy and enjoyable!

DRAWBACKS: The only drawback I can see is the initial start up cost can run you from $30-$60, but you will be able to make lip balms and other products in the years to come with all the leftover oils and products.

Price Breakdown & where to get these products:

Beeswax  ($0.46)

  • TheSage.com (8 oz.) $5.50+ shipping
  • Etsy (1 oz. brick) $2.94 shipped
  • Amazon (16 oz.) $13.80 
  • Hobby Lobby: $14.99 1 lb block
  • Michaels & Craft Warehouse (1 lb. block) $17.99
  • Heathfood store (local) 1 lb. block $11.40

Cocoa Butter ($0.60)

Lanolin ($0.06)

Essential Oils ($1.05) : Order online from my favorite brand doTERRA 

Organic Sunflower Oil ($0.28): purchased at Walmart for $3.96 (plus had a $1.00 off coupon on it) so =$2.96 or you can buy some quality oils online

Vitamin E Oil ($0.23): purchased 15 ct. bottle at Walmart for $0.88

Lip Balm Tubes: I ordered mine through thesage.com, but have also heard people order them on ebay inexpensively too.

Final: $2.70 for the recipe =  $0.12 per tube!

4.88 from 32 votes
Burt's Bees Lip Balm Recipe Clone
Author: Karrie
  • 20 grams Beeswax (about 3 Tablespoons of the whiter beads but you can use a white/yellow bar too)
  • 20 grams Cocoa Butter or Coconut Oil about 2 Tablespoons
  • 45 grams Sunflower Oil 1/4 cup
  • 8 drops Vitaman E oil 4 vitamin E oil tablets worth
  • 2 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 12 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • Pea-sized drop of Lanolin
  1. Measure out all your ingredients except essential oils into a heat friendly cup or pan. You can use a glass dish in the microwave also.I cut open the little Vitamin E tablets and squeezed the good stuff into the cup.
  2. Next, melt all the ingredients, and stir. The beeswax seemed to take the longest to melt, but it was all melted within a couple of minutes.
  3. Once it's all melted add your essential oils and mix it up.
  4. Then test it out, to make sure it has the flavor you want by letting a tiny bit cool on your finger. Rub it on your lips and check if its just right. If you feel it needs more mint or other flavorings, add more!
  5. Then use a dropper to add the melted goodness into chapstick tubes. (If it cools too quickly before you’re done filling your tubes, just pop it in the microwave till it melts again.)
  6. Then voila! You are done. Just let them all cool.

Final thoughts on making my own Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. The only problem I had with this process was that I had to spend around $50 for all the ingredients since I had to buy oils and products in bulk. Seemed like an awful lot of money to start out spending when I could just spend $3 on a tube at the store right now. But after I got all the ingredients, and only used a teeny bit of them, I was able to make 20+ tubes of my expensive Burts Bees chapstick. It was so worth it. Plus almost every one of my ingredients does not expire for a LONG time ( in fact the only one I am worried about is the sunflower oil). So as soon as these tubes are used and gifted away I can make another batch. I will NEVER go back to buying store made chapstick again after this experience. I am hooked for life. It’s so easy and when I see that I only spent $0.12 per tube of Burt’s Bees lip balm when I usually paid $3.00 at the store I feel good knowing I am saving lots of money!602 Comments

Burts Bees Lip Balm Recipe {Copy Cat} was last modified: February 24th, 2017 by Karrie

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  1. Trish Rhinehart says:

    Thanks for all your great deals, and homesteading ideas.

    • I long to get started making all of these natural things and would love to as Christmas gifts . However ,as I am sure you know it not only takes money to make money ,but it takes money to save manoey . I must just do without as I do not have the funds to get started ! Please pray for me . Still love all you post and will save them for future ! God Bless You . …………. Susan ………

      • Susan, you can defray the expense if you can find other like-minded individuals to
        co-op the supplies with…everybody pitches in and shares in the expenses and labor, as well as the rewards.

        • Also, if you don’t make loads of things in one go, you can still do pretty well with smaller amounts off Amazon. A couple of examples off the top of my head:

          – 10ml bottles of oils for £1.99 each
          – 500g Shea butter £6.30
          – 25 little lip balm tubes £3.99
          – 1kg soap base for just over £6, lasts an unbelievable amount of time!
          – 1kg soya wax for £6.63

          I buy my beeswax from the local hardware store for 99p a bar which is great because I’m a really impulsive DIYer but the downside is you have to cut it yourself. It’s not that big a deal if you’re not making large quantities at a time though.

          I also buy huge blocks of paraffin wax from there because I have my own special really effective hockey stick wax formula which utilises paraffin wax and coconut oil and goes into these little twist-up tube things you can buy from Amazon.

          I’m sorry I’m speaking from the UK here but as far as I’m aware the items I’ve listed above are all available from American suppliers as well!

  2. How cool! LOOOVE Chapstick!

  3. Kristen Wilson says:


  4. Debbie C. says:

    I love this! I can always use some lip balm, my kids find fun in putting lip balm on their lips, it’s all natural and money saving. Thanks for posting your recipe!!

  5. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Trish Yount says:

    This would be AWESOME! I am also getting into making my own soap so this would be super cool!!

  7. How wonderful! I would love to try and make some!

  8. I love Burt’s Bees! Shhhh…keep this between us, but I am obsessed! I have a stick in every coat, purse, glovebox, etc and I am fearing that I am passing this onto my 4 year old daughter as she loves the “beegloss” Momma! 🙂 I would love to make my own and save me some cash! Love your blog…trying to follow your homesteading in baby steps! Keep up the great work!

  9. Marilu Harter Dickinson says:

    I love all your homesteading ideas. I also love Chapstick especially Burt’s bees. I am wanting to try this recipe out soon. I hope I win!

  10. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  11. Erin Pavicic says:

    I love that you are finding (and sharing!) ways to make the items that you love! I too love Burts Bees chapstick and would love to have a kit to make some at home! Thanks for the info! 🙂

  12. Kristi B. says:

    I would love to try this!!

  13. Looks like a lot of fun. Would love to try it myself. I am looking forward to your homesteading series.

  14. Thanks for sharing and for great giveaway! What a blessing to be able to win!

    I LOVE chapstick and wear nothing but that!

  15. Oh me! Love burts!

  16. Thanks for posting this great info and for the chance to win a super cool kit, rock on!

  17. WOW! I was so excited reading your post, THEN I saw the giveaway… This would be so awesome!

  18. Awesome! This is one of my husbands favorite products, so if I don’t win I know I will eventually make it anyways!

  19. Am really enjoying following your adventures…!! I must say that the garden and Comet story make me chuckle every time I think about it.

    It may not be the 1800’s, but your experimentation/s are pretty interesting in their own right; especially translating the back of product labels.

  20. Christine says:

    This is amazing! I can’t wait to try another one of your homesteading projects! Thank you for sharing!

  21. Awesome giveaway! I would love to win, so please, please, please pick me :D. Thanks for the post. I will definitely be trying this in the future.

  22. Sounds fun. I’d love to try your recipe.

  23. I would love to give this to my sister when she comes to visit in July. She loves Burt’s so much, she carries it around her neck with a string. She is NEVER without her chapstick!

  24. I would love to win. Any ideas on making the tinted lip gloss?

    • The easiest way to tint it is to use a tube of colored lipstick and melt it with your ingredients. I did that a few times with some other chapstick recipes I tried. Works like a charm!

  25. Michele V. says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! Hope I win, my mom loves Burt’s bees!

  26. Rita Stokalko says:

    HI Karrie, I have been hunting and searching on line to try and find a similar/ good
    recipe for Burts Bees, and I am always a little hesitant to try, but I will definately be trying your recipe. I appreciate the work you put into it.
    Thank You.

  27. I love all the new things you are putting up on the blog! I am all for homesteading…but I gotta admit I am sort of affraid of chickens. Lip balm suits me better.

  28. This is a great idea! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. OMG! my boyfriend and I are OBSESSED with Burt’s Bees. he goes through them so fast!! this is totally perfect for us, thanks so much for sharing!!

  30. Misty O'Rourke says:

    Burt’s Bees is my favorite!!!

  31. Alissa Larson says:

    Sounds so fun! I’m crossing my fingers!

  32. Renee D. says:

    So cool! I would love to try this!

  33. I keep a jar with Burt’s Bees for my kids. Their friends thought it was funny until one of them needed one and we had extra. I would love to win this kit so I could make it for them.
    Thank you,

  34. Can’t wait to try it!!!

  35. Oh! I would LOVE to try this! Thanks for the chance!

  36. I would love to try this!

  37. Erin Phillips says:

    Cant wait to try this out.

  38. I’m very excited to try this recipe!! I have a teenage daughter that goes through chapstick and this would be perfect. It would also make great gifts! Thanks for the recipe.

  39. I would love to make my own too! Thx

  40. Looks fun. Thanks for the recipe!

  41. I can’t live without my Burt’s Bees! Thank you so much for sharing this!! 😉

  42. Mellie H says:

    Yippie! I love this stuff!!

  43. Ooh! Do want!

  44. Lynette P. says:

    How cool is that? I love Burt’s Bees and DoTerra!

  45. Very cool, looks like a great project for my teenage daughter.

  46. Crystal w says:

    Fun ! I need to make an apron

  47. kristin V says:

    Great Post! I always wanted that recipe! Thanks!

  48. Awesome, I go through a lot of chap stick so this has to save me money. Would also be fun to play around with different natural flavors. THANKS 🙂

  49. Karrie, we need to talk more – I have some of those things on hand already! I sure could use some of those tubes though 😉

  50. Oh thank you so much for sharing this with your readers! I’m totally saving this post so I can use it in the future – I can’t wait to make my own lip balm!

  51. brooklynn says:

    wow neat! are you able to use anything else besides pepperment and rosemary?

  52. Elizabeth says:

    Awesome!! I would love to be able to make my own Burt’s!

  53. We love this product at our house and ALMOST NEVER buy it. I would love put these in all the kids backpacks… and give them away to friends. I’m so glad you did this, I’m not sure I would ever have the patience for your ‘trial and error’ methodology – so I’m really glad you do!

  54. Karla Flores says:

    Absolutely love your homesteading series. Would love to win this because like you, I don’t make my own because of the initial money invested.

  55. My wife is obsessed with homesteading eventually, and this would be such a fun thing to do together. Thanks for the tips, and good luck in YOUR homesteading journey!

  56. Burt’s bees is one of my must haves! I’m excited to try this out! Thank you!!

  57. Danielle says:

    This is wonderful! My mom is a homesteader and loves anything homemade. I will be passing this on to her. Hope I win!

  58. Thanks for sharing your adventure, I was surprised how little it cost to make since I’m a user of Burt’s Bees products also. Thanks for sharing.

  59. WOW! I would absolutely love this win!!! I love making things – Thank you for sharing your journey & tips!

  60. As I’m reading your post about our love of Burt’s Bees all I can do is smile and think…That’s SO me!!! I would LOVE so much to make this myself!!! Thanks for the great possible start up kit and ideas!!!

  61. Lisa Mance says:

    Thanks! I want to try this out.

  62. Kristine Templeton says:

    WOW! Thanks for the great tutorial. How generous of you to do a give away too!

  63. Misty Milton says:

    This would be a great kit to have.

  64. Would love to try this!!!!

  65. C Rivera says:

    I always wondered how chapstick was made. My girlfriend makes her own and it fascinates me to know how. Thank you for sharing your craftiness. I would love to try to make it myself. My daughter, who has Special Needs, is disabled…she would LOVE to help me with this. Well, win or not, thank you for the information on how-to-make. 🙂

  66. I think that is such a great idea. I even never thought about doing it… Nowadays, we just go to the store and buy the thinks all ready.. but if you think about it… our ancestors did not have this option… They had to do it themselves… So what a way to honor our ancestor and being more self sufficient that doing our own lipbalm…

  67. this is such a great idea! I would love to make this sometime 🙂

  68. What a great Idea and how cool would it be to gift these to friend! Thank you again for always sharing your great ideas

  69. Nicole L says:

    I was sooo excited to see this. The only chapstick my husband uses is Burt’s Bee’s and he loses them all the time! Now that I have this recipie I will never pay 3 dollars again. Thank you !

  70. monica desmarais says:

    love your blog….love the burt’s bees medicated with clove oil chapstick even more than original — this would get me started on re-creating that one!

  71. Michelle Skinner says:

    I love Burt’s Bee products too! Thanks for sharing the recipe – I didn’t realize it is so easy to make! I think this would be fun to do with my nieces when they come visit!

  72. Karrie, I love reading your blog. Wow making lipbalm. I recently started making my own homemade all natural soap……so fun. Thanks for all the great info you post. ~Lisa~

  73. So easy to make. Who knew!

  74. I am loving your blog and find myself sending my family and friends to your site:)

  75. Burt’s Bees is my fav too! You are so adventurous! I would have never thought about trying to make it on my own!

  76. I chew my lips all the time, so this would be VERY HELPFUL and a GREAT DEAL!!! Love all your blog posts!!!!!

  77. Pick me! I love making homemade items. I love your blog and love this post!

  78. It is super tempting to hop online now and order supplies…how fun.

  79. That’s great Karrie! Now you know why I make my own makeup too!

  80. Great idea! I know lots of people who would love this…

  81. Blair Blycker says:

    What a fabulous idea. I would love to do this and it occurs to me that it may be the perfect craft for a mommy group…. Oh, and I’ve enjoyed your beginning adventure with the chicks. I wanted to start up chickens a couple years ago, but I decided to wait till I don’t have any “under 1 year” kids at home and I seem to keep having babies! Three babes later….I may be able to start my own flock next year sometime. Until then, I’ll live vicariously through your posts!

  82. I had no idea how cheap it would be to make it myself! I hope I win the kit!!

  83. Lachelle says:

    AWESOME! Thanks for the giveaway!

  84. I would love to try to make this. I too, am addicted to Burt’s!

  85. frances ponce says:

    is so cool i would love to try the lip balm and give to my family on their christmas stockings I did your laundry soap recipe been using it for 3 months already wish me luck on winning

  86. Michelle says:

    I am excited that I can now make my own chapsticks instead of spending so much on them at the store. Your recipe will come in handy
    Thank You

  87. I always wondered if making lip balm was cost effective…thanks for
    showing us!

  88. great give away. You were brave to start experimenting on the recipe for the chapstick on your own – I think I’d be a bit scared or nervous to do that !!

  89. I love your new Homesteading segments! Thank you!

  90. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and the info on the supplies, particularly the tubes. I SO want to make this!

  91. This is so awesome, it would be a great idea to share with my teenage daughter and her cousins (they are all the same age). She will be excited to try out your recipe, thank you for sharing. I always enjoy your thrifty tips. Thanks!!

  92. Rocquelle Gunter says:

    This was so much fun to read! Your excitement about the ‘discovery’ of how easy and inexpensive it is to make one of your favorite items was contagious, and the photographs and easy-to-follow instructions are awesome — thanks! 😀

  93. AWESOME!!! My aunt made some one time, but it was not quite right. I’d love to try again and get it right! Thanks for the recipe!

  94. That is totally awesome!

  95. Thanks for the idea! I go through so much chapstick etc. I can’t wait to try and make my own. It looks like fun and I’ll actually save money. I can make some for all my wonderful friends and family!!

  96. Odilia G says:

    Can’t wait to try it! Awesome receipe. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  97. What a great idea!

  98. Michelle K. says:

    I love homemade things like this!

  99. Jennifer says:

    This is amazing, I can’t wait to try it!!

  100. Whitney H says:

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I’ve recently started using essential oils and love making things from scratch! Also, My five year old goes though chapstick with a fury so i anticipate this will save me lots!

  101. I can’t use anything BUT Burts Bees so I’m am THRILLED to see this. Thank you so much… I can’t wait to try it!

  102. awesome”)

  103. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  104. What a great idea, I can’t wait to try and make my own.

  105. I would love to try this, I did make the laundry soap but waiting to use up the store stuff before trying it, so I think it would be fun to try, and you wouldn’t even have to mail it to me, I could get it on any Sunday. Maybe I could get Daniel to try it (may have to see if you can when you visit him, lol,) Just so others understand, my son has autism and we can’t get him to use chapstick of any kind, yet (I hope).

  106. Oh my gosh this would be such an awesome project to do with my 5 year old daughter, she is absolutely obsessed with chap stick right now and her fav seems to be my fav burts bees, so to be able to do this project with her would save me a tube and she would love making her own 🙂

  107. I would love to win this giveaway! I have been wanting to make my own products but just can’t splurge on the ingredients right now. Thanks for the great post!

  108. Tanya L. says:

    This is great. Thanks for sharing it! I will have to try this since my husband and I both carry a tube around all the time. What a money saver!

  109. Peggy Schermer says:

    Burt’s Bees is the only thing my family will use. So excited to try out this recipe!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  110. Thanks for doing all the work for us! I’ve been wanting to make some beauty products!

  111. Michelle G says:

    I love your new ‘homesteading’ serires! And this Burts Bee recipe…AMAZING! I thought for sure it wouldn’t be easy or like the real product at all and am happy to see that you had a good experience with it!!!! I really want to try this out!

  112. melissa valadez says:

    I would love to win this but if I don’t I will have to go buy it and make my own..oh the possible flavors this could be FUN!

  113. Great idea. I am soooo going to do this.

  114. Homemade lip balm, how cool is that!

  115. Christina says:

    Looks easy and inexpensive! My kinda deal! Thanks for sharing!

  116. kristin z says:

    Burts bees is the best, and I will use a product more if I made it… so this sounds right up my alley!

  117. Cathy Polachek says:

    I would love to learn how to make my own lipbalm because it seems I always misplace my tube of balm so I buy multiple tubs and have them all over – purse, bag for work, one at work, car, next to my bed to use before bed, bathroom….you get the point. Plus I have 3 daughters so we can always use more. Thanks for the great offer and the recipe.

  118. sherri dolan says:

    This looks like it would be fun to make, Thanks for the chance to be able to try. I love you blog, Thanks keep up the good work.

  119. Dawn Warren says:

    Thanks for the recipe and tips. Would love to win a starter kit. Thanks.

  120. Love Burts Bees. What a great idea! I would love to try making it!

  121. Man that is awesome! I love to make natural things!

  122. Oh my goodness, this is the best recipe post I have seen in a long time! My husband jokes with me about my obsession with Burts Bees chapstick. I have one in every main room in our house, in every coat pocket and purse! I would love to make this if I had all the ingredients for it!

  123. I want to learn to make all my own beauty products after reading about what is in some of them. Ick. Would love to start with your Copycat Burt’s Bees. Love, Love, Love it 🙂

  124. Veronica says:

    I am addicted to Burt’s Bees and always misplacing my many tubes of it. How convenient to make twenty tubes! Surely, there would always be one nearby! Awesome, awesome.

  125. One can never have too much chap stick!!

  126. Michelle C says:

    You have such great ideas, and we appreciate using them in our home! Thanks! :o)

  127. carrie m says:

    What a great idea! Would love to try your recipe! Thanks!

  128. Chia Bush says:

    This is awesome!!!! I will definitely try. I’ve never made this before. I hope I can win to try my first homemade Burt’s bees lip balm. Thanks for sharing!!!:)

  129. LOVE Burt’s! Thanks for sharing!!

  130. monique s says:

    This is soooo exciting!!! I really want to win!

  131. Judy Wenzel says:

    Think this would be fun to do with my older
    Kids thanks for ideas

  132. Mallory L says:

    I had no idea it was so easy. Thanks for sharing!

  133. I look forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Have a blessed day!

  134. Jennifer says:

    My girls and I love love love Burt’s Bees but it is so expensive it is usually given as a special gift. This is awesome and I think i am going to have to try it!! What a thoughtful idea to raffle off three boxes of materials.

    I was wondering though and maybe I missed it but where can you get the tubes?


  135. Tammie E says:

    This is so exciting! I am so happy you posted the recipe for Burts Bees chapstick, I had no idea it was so easy to make. I love this stuff and always have some sort of lip balm on hand. Thank you for the posting and I can’t wait to try it out.

  136. Judie M. says:

    What an awesome experiment! Great job!

  137. Cammie jones says:

    Sweet I love my burts bees. I will have to try this. Thanks

  138. Morgan W says:

    Wow! Thanks for this post! I would love to try this!

  139. Rosemerri says:

    What a great idea! We are planning a spa night for the ladies of our church so making this to add to their “goody” bags would be awesome! Thanks for the chance to enter! Love your site!

  140. Jordan R says:

    What a great recipe! Thanks for taking the time to figure it out for the rest of us fabulous and frugal homesteaders. Love your blog!

  141. LOVE this idea! Can’t wait to give it a go!

  142. Jennifer says:

    What a great idea to make your own chapstick! I love the things you post…

  143. Pamela Lund says:

    This sounds like something I’d love to try.Great gifts.The savings is big! Think I’ll try a batch. Love your blog and the homestead series!

  144. I may be a subberbean housewife but I love your ideas. Thank you. Great job!

  145. Tina lingo says:

    I have been so wanting to try this what a great thing it would be to have your starter kit as the initial cost can be higher than a frugal budget can spend! We our picking up our chicks on Sunday to kids are so excited this will be our second round on them (country life!). I’ve missed having fresh eggs for the past year!

  146. Lori Helgeson says:

    What a great idea to save money…thank you :O)

  147. Angela S says:

    Would love to win this kit….what a great idea!!!!

  148. I use only lip balms that contain sunscreen. You’ve got me wondering what to add to the copy cat recipe to make it be a sunscreen lip balm. My commercial lip balms contain different amounts of Octinoxate and Oxybenzone:
    Lip Balm 1. Octinoxate 7.5% + Oxybenzone 2%
    Lip Balms 2 and 3. Octinoxate 7.5% + Oxybenzone 3.5%

    Now I’m wondering if these ingredients are safe, and whether there are even safer sunscreen ingredients that could be added to the lip balm recipe. And then there’s the concern about which ingredients block which types of rays. My Lip Balm 2 says: “This product has been shown only to prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.” I went to a skin cancer presentation recently and learned that SPF addresses only UVB radiation, which causes burning. UVA protection is good also because UVA accelerates skin aging and “contributes to and may even initiate skin cancers”. The handout for this presentation also says “UVA blocking ingredients include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone”. I was glad to see oxybenzone on that list (since that is one of the ingredients in the lip balms I’ve been using).

    This is probably way more information than readers care to see, but I thought I would share what I learned in making this comment in case it of interest. I am intrigued by the possibility of making my own lip balm with safe sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB. (Now to find which sunscreens are safe AND effective…)

    Thank you for your excellent work, Karrie!

    • Hi Janet, I haven’t even considered sunscreen ingredients added in. I honestly havent researched any of these either, but I am guessing you could just add a little bit to the recipe. I actually need to look into these things as I make a facial moisturizer homemade, because I don’t want to get sunburnt this summer. I wonder also if there is a more natural sunscreen ingredient. Hmmm… great things to think about!

  149. Awesome!

  150. This is soo awesome! Love Burt’s Bees lip balm! My kids are always stealing mine! Great idea to make some for everybody! Thank you for doing the investigating and work on recreating!

  151. That looks so easy! I love Burt’s Bees so this would be fun to try.

  152. Wow! Count me in. I would love to try making some!

  153. Christen Hammond says:

    I have always wanted to try to make lip balm but did not want to spend the initial money for supplies, just in case I don’t enjoy it or am not good at. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it and that it was worth it.

  154. I love Buts Bees. We try to do natural when possible and I just started making a lot of my own beauty and home cleaning supplies. . .I would love to have a kit!! thanks for the chance to win.

  155. I love this idea…all 3 of my girls love Burt Bees. I can afford it now! Thank you so much for sharing.

  156. This sounds too good/easy to be true! I love Burt’s Bees, but its a splurge expense typically…this recipe I can fit in the budget though!

  157. Angela Andersen says:

    I am so excited about this!!! My daughters would LOVE making this with me! We LOVE Burts Bees! Thanks for being so crafty and fun 🙂 It is a delight to read your blog and I enjoy a lot of your ideas! Thank you!

  158. Looks like fun! If I had any extra money for start-up costs, I’d definitely try it.

  159. I wants it, precious!!!

  160. Jennifer H. says:

    Thanks for the idea, I think I want to try it.

  161. Great idea! Please enter me in the drawing. I would love a chance to try making my own lip balm. We love Burt’s Bees!

  162. Karen S. says:

    Well done in making something you use all the time, for a much lower price! This is the kind of gift I love to make in quantity for friends, nieces, gift baskets, etc. Even for women’s shelters. Thanks for the very useful idea!

  163. Catherine says:

    Pick me pick me!

  164. Wow, I’m impressed. I’m never without chapstick in my pocket. Would love to try this.

  165. Super cool Karrie!

  166. I am super excited to try this! I love making my own stuff. It’s so rewarding.

  167. What a great idea!

  168. my teenagers love burts bees. can’t live without it. thank you for researching this recipe.

  169. Kim Fangman says:

    Would love to do this! Love your newsletter and all about your homesteading!

  170. Melissa Dawn says:

    I love burt’s bee lip balm been using it for sometime now and I don’t think there is anything better. I love your recipe Thank you and I would love to try it.

  171. Julie H. says:

    I would love to make my own lip balm!

  172. This is so neat!! I would like chance to get the supplies, I know our house would use it. I know my 17yr old son would use, my 10 and 6 yr old daughters, and I’m sure my niece will nab one if she see’s me making ’em!! Burt’s bee’s lip balm is great, but this way sounds way more affordable!! Thanks for info!

  173. I LOVE Burt Bees too! Took the chapstick to a “favorite things” party. LOVE them! Would love to make the chapstick on my own!! yay!

  174. Rebecca Splattstoesser says:

    I would love to be able to try the recipe. My five year old is always wanting my expensive lip balm.

  175. Marie B. says:

    What a fun idea! My daughter would love to try making lip balm. Thanks for the recipe–and the giveaway!

  176. I love your Homesteading series! I can’t live without Burt’s Bees either. Even though I’ve got free/ cheap Chapstick it just doesn’t compare! Thanks for sharing your time and family with us.

  177. Kim Button says:

    Great idea! I would love to try making lip balm! My grandkids would love it!

  178. Bernadette Brown says:

    This looks like a fun project my whole family LOVE berts bees! 🙂 thanks for shaing

  179. Jami Register says:

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I go through a lot of lip balm and I love Burt’s Bee. This would save me quite a bit of money. Plus I could make some for family and friends.

  180. How cool! I’ve looked into making lip balm before, but never tried. I also prefer Burt’s Bees, how fabulous that you figured it out!

  181. This is SO COOL!!!!! I am addicted to Chapstick but always found Burt’s bees too expensive even though I love it!

  182. I LOVE burtsbee’s & Happy Money Saver!

  183. Great recipe…thank you!

  184. This is awesome! I would love to make these. Burt’s Bee’s is my favorite! 🙂 Thanks for the info!

  185. Awesome idea to make homemade Burt’s Bees! Great job!!

  186. Thanks for posting. I can’t wait to try this out as I always have Burt’s within reaching distance.

  187. I never would have thought to make this myself! What a wonderful idea!!!

  188. I feel the same about Burt’s bees. I love it!!!! My hole family loves it!! I would love to win this to make it for them.
    I have always wonder if it could be made at home. Thank you for the recipe!!!!

  189. I LOVE Burts Bees chapstick, IDK what I would do without it! 😀

  190. Oh my goodness, LOVE Burts Bees…I must try this recipe! This looks so easy.

  191. I love your ideas!

  192. My daughters love anything Burt’s Bees. I can’t wait to share this recipe with them! Then again, maybe I’ll keep it quiet. I’m now thinking homemade Christmas presents for them and other family members.

  193. Angeana Erickson says:

    I love Burt’s Bees! What a great post! 🙂

  194. Thanks for the chance!

  195. I love Burts Bees too! I would love to try making some of my own!

  196. How exciting, thank you for taking the plunge so we could have a recipe to follow! Can’t wait to try it. . . just maybe I’ll win a kit, sounds like a ladies night with my friends to make our own chapstick!!

  197. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Burt’s Bees lip balm! The smell and feel is AH-mazing! 😀 I would love to make some of my own.

  198. I would love that starter kit! I’m a brass musician and use Burt’s and all sorts of other chapsticks ALL THE TIME!

  199. Michelle says:

    So exciting! I would have never thought to try to make my own lip balm.

  200. You are the greatest! I have wanted to do this for so long and I love that you gave us a recipe!!

  201. Love Bert’s Bees chap stick! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  202. Becca Jones says:

    LOVE THIS!!! Thanks so much 🙂

  203. Samantha Z says:

    This is Great! My friend and I have just started making our own moisturizer, and body scrub. This can be our next project 🙂

  204. Charlsie says:

    Can’t wait to give this a try, thank you for sharing!

  205. Ashley McGuire says:

    This is amazing! My boyfriend is obsessed with Bert’s bees chap stick, but he is very forgetful with leaving them in his pants and washing them. We always wind up with watery chap stick. Then he steals mine! Men! This would be amazing to be able to make a bunch homemade and have then around for the unfortunate events the deside to “disappear”. Thanks for the post!!

  206. Nicole Mages says:

    Amazing idea! Between my fiance and I, we must spend close to $50-$60 a year on burt’s bees anyway! Can never have enough lip balm! Thanks for the recipe!

  207. I can’t even tell you how much money I spend every year on BB’s. This is a fantastic giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity!!!

  208. Sydney Cameron says:

    Hi!! I was just about to go out and buy a Burt’s bees Chapstick! Sometime in the next weeks I plan on getting the supplies together and making it!! Thank you so much!!

  209. Wanda Cochran says:

    I love Burt’s Bees Chapstick! I have used it for years and have little tubes stashed all over my house, my car and my purse! So excited about making it! Thanks!!! 🙂

  210. My absolute favorite chapstick is berts beeswax, one in my bathroom, one in the car, one in my purse. I don’t like paying $3.00+ per tube but I love the tingling feelong it leaves on my lips and it wors so well keeping my lips so moist. I am so excited that you figured out the recipe to make it home. No more spending money buying qhen I can make it at home now. Thanks so much for figuring out and sharing the recipe!!

  211. Kelly O'Brien says:

    Burt’s Bees is my favorite! I am so doing this! Love this!

  212. LeAnne M says:

    What a fun idea, I’d love to try this. I love Burt’s Bees!

  213. j2smithj2 says:

    Awesome job. Thanks.

  214. It has never occured to me to make my own. I am intrigued, and super impressed. Thanks so much for sharing this information!

  215. This is so clever! I can’t wait to try!

  216. Kimberly says:

    Amazing! I would never have thought of making my own lip balm! Very ingenious of you 🙂

  217. Wow! How fun!

  218. I remember as a kid my dad had the Chapstick black tube in his pocket everyday. The kind with the metal tube. I love Burt’s Bees and would love to do a little homesteading making some of my own.

  219. Thank you very much…we’ll all put BB out of business at the rate…love it!

  220. I love BBs they are insanely expensive though. I gotta try this sometime.

  221. The thought never would’ve occurred to me to make my own…you are a genius! My daddy gets really dry lips from working in construction and I try to keep him stocked with Chapstick by couponing, but this homemade stuff is probably so much better — I have no idea what’s in Chapstick, but God made bees to make honey and beeswax, and His way is always better!

  222. Angela Bass says:

    Burts Bee’s is the only product I use outside of The Body Shop Products . My fiancee and I snowboard and it is the only product that we use on the mountain. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks Again!!

  223. Joanna Lettau says:

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! I’m excited to try it!

  224. How cool, I love BB’s but do not love the cost! Will Def be trying this one!

  225. Wow I love making things and saving money. This is a great site that I have found. We live in the country and making our own lip balm will come in handy. The children will love helping! Love Burts lip balm!

  226. Veronica says:

    Really interesting, curiosity will make me try this out!

  227. Great job. I’ve been looking for a good chapstick recipe. My kiddos go through that stuff like crazy. Excited to try.

  228. Wow! That looks so easy!! I can’t wait to try it out myself!! (O:

  229. This looks like so much fun!

  230. i’ve never left a comment before on a blog but i love the burt’s bees recipe idea. i’m a “chapstick”aholic. they are everywhere in the house including my husbands pants pockets.

  231. This is so awesome. I was going to look up a recipe for burt’s bees and you found me. Cant wait to try this. Thanks,

  232. I’m so impressed! I’ve looked at the ingredients before, thinking that there must be some way to make your own, but had no idea how to go about it. Thanks for putting in the work : )

  233. MelindaB says:

    I am a lip balm addict (I have to have some nearby at all times–in the car, by my computer, next to the bed, etc.) and love Burt’s Bees! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  234. Wow that is amazing! I will have to try it out soon!

  235. Debbie T says:


  236. This is awesome I would love to try this my kids go through a lot of lip balm

  237. How cool not only do can you get a chance to win a “start up package” –which I would really LOVE TO WIN! LOL! – but there is also a great recipe to make your own lip balm with a how-to-guide with pictures! I am a very visual person. Love it! Personally, have very sensitive/dry skin and I do love Burt Bee’s, but I am learning to make my own natural body creams, scrubs, etc. and would love to learn to make lip balm, too. Burt Bee’s lip balm is the only balm my fiancé doesn’t think greasy to kiss me & has great flavor lol! Thanks for letting me ramble lol! Good luck everyone!

  238. Michele F. says:

    this would be great to try! any recommendations on where to get empty tubes to fill?

  239. Edra Chamberlin says:

    How fun!! I have not tried to get started making lip balm but I have wanted to. Thank you for all your work in figuring out the recipe.

  240. Madi logan says:

    What a great idea!
    I can’t wait to try!

  241. Would love to try this.

  242. My hubby LOVES Burt’s Bees! He would be über impressed if I could make it for him!

  243. I can’t wait to try this. I tried making solid lotions a couple weeks ago. I am having a blast! Can’t wait to budget in more supplies for more projects for my kids and I.

  244. I would love to try this recipe!! I have tubes of chapstick laying around everywhere–and most of them are almost empty-You know when you have to get a toothpick to scrape out the last little bit!

  245. This is wonderful! We use so much BB with the 6 of us-so making our own at 0.12 a tube is fantastic and certainly in my budget! With the leftover ingredients I can make some extra to add into toiletry care packages that I give away-thank you so much for the recipe!

  246. Melanie Cloutier says:

    This is incredible! I love Burts Bees!

  247. Christine Marshall says:

    Awesome!! Where I live in Canada one tube runs around $4.50 or more! Glad to find an easy way to make it for my friends and family! Thank you!

  248. I am anxious to try your version of this lip balm, I have recently been trying to master this recipe. Glad I ran across your site, thanks for posting this!!

  249. What an awesome recipe. Sounds easy once you’ve got all thee ingredients. We love Burt’s Bees too!

  250. This is amazing! Way to go! I bet you could add other essential oils if you wanted? I need to try this!

  251. Cassandra Knight says:

    I always have a bee’s in my pocket. Super excited!!

  252. Shelly l says:

    Wow!!! I would love to try this!

  253. My brother is a major bee keeper and I have always had an interest in all things Bee. Thank you for figuring this out and for sharing!

  254. jamie wilon says:

    Cook! Thanks for sharing… I am gonna have to do this and scatter them all over my house…my children wall off with my burtsbee so often I seem to always need to buy another pricey tube, to often

  255. So thrilled about the new homesteading series!!! Love Burt’s Bees!

  256. Karrie, That’s A Good Deal. Would Love To Do It!

  257. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, yay! Thank you for posting this. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.

  258. This would take my nerdiness to a whole new level! I love it!!

  259. cassie baeb says:

    I’ve done this before and loved it!

  260. Would love to try this!!

  261. I would love to give chapstick making a try. This sounds super easy and cost effective.

  262. Would love to try making my own!

  263. Burt’s is all a wear…. It’s my favorite! I’ve tried others, but they just aren’t the same! I can’t wait to try this recipe….. And the links you added for the ingredients are very helpful, thank you!

  264. What a fabulous idea! I’m thinking about doing these as party favors.

  265. Alexis McCracken says:

    We are OBSESSED with Burt’s Bees at our house! Even my 2 year old and 6 month old love it! I’d love to win this kit!!!

  266. thank you so much for everything that you do! Can’t wait to try this.

  267. Would love to try this. You can make other items with these ingredients.

  268. I would love to try this 🙂

  269. Amber Deremo says:

    This is awesome! My girls and I love chapstick but we always lose it! If I could would make it and not have to buy it, that would be great!

  270. Kathleen says:

    This is fantastic. I just had a co worker tell me how much she loves BB – as do I!! There are so many other teachers in our school who would also enjoy this! I can completely see making these and spreading the wealth amongst our staff. Thank you for sharing.

  271. Mauri Burroughs says:

    I think the things you are sharing with people are wonderful. My cousin made your laundry soap and loved it, so I’m fixing to try it. Thanks for the ideas to save money.

  272. Was looking for a recipe for DIY lip balm and found you! Maybe I’ll win my ingrediants list! Thanks for the detailed instructional post!

  273. Kristen H. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I can’t wait to try it out!

  274. Nice work! Thanks for the recipe!

  275. I <3 Burt's Bees too! THE best. Live your recipe and I'd LOVE a kit!

  276. love*

  277. merrilee says:

    Love this blog and love Burt’s bees

  278. Cristen C says:

    Love. Love. Love. Can’t wait to try this myself!!

  279. Wow, loved the tutorial, thanks for sharing and in such detail, would love to make some of my own.
    thanks for the chance.

  280. Cant wait to try this!

  281. Love this! Definitely going to try this

  282. Great giveaway, I live in Northern Canada and always buy Bert’s Bees Lip balm. My favorite is flavor is Grapefruit.

  283. I LOVE chapstick!

  284. Elizabeth says:

    This is soo cool!!!! I went running to my husband, and told him all about it. He gave me a weird look lol. I think this is an awesome thing to do for Christmas or any type of birthday addition!!!!

  285. kylene mildon says:

    i love burt’s bees, and it is the only chapstick my husband will use!

  286. I’ve got my sourdough going and am researching lip balms. I had chapped lips all of february I think so want my own that doesn’t sting!

  287. Very cool. That could save me so much money. It seems like every time I go to the store I end up buying Chapstick of some kind. Can’t wait to try this.

  288. Awesome! I always wondered how!

  289. Oh my goodness! That is so cool that you took the time to figure out a recipe!! I’m going to have to try it one of these days! Thanx. =)

  290. Courtney R says:

    How fun! I hope I win this kit 🙂

  291. Tabitha Pearson says:

    Wow! That is so simple, thanks!

  292. I LOVE burts bees!! Hope I win-can’t wait to try this recipe!

  293. Carolyn Russell says:

    I am sooo addicted to lip balm. I’m laying here in bed needing some, but I am too lazy to get up and get some.

  294. Brittany Jensen says:

    I am so addicted to chap stick! Would love to win your kit to make my own, since it is so expensive to start out. Maybe i could get a bunch of friends to go in on it and we could make a bunch.

  295. Amy Curee says:

    I would LOVE to try this…it would save me a lot of money on Burt’s Bees lip balms!

  296. Would love to make this! Burt’s Bee’s is a favorite product of my two daughters.
    It would make a great Easter Basket treat:)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  297. Kathy Dawson says:

    Love this receipt and love the supplier list. You make it so easy. Can’t wait to try this. Must get (online) shopping!!!!

  298. Christine says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  299. Diane Gilbert says:

    Love burt’s bees. Thanks for sharing how to make it at home.

  300. This looks like a fun DIY project. I would love to make chapstick and it it would also make such a great gift. I love chapstick, but I always misplace it.

  301. Love my Burt’s bees I recieved for Christmas !

    • I’m trying to keep costs down for Christmas, and I’m thinking of making some homemade soaps and beauty products. You could re-use a lot of those ingredients in home made soaps, too, making the initial start-up more cost effective. Plus. some of those ingredients can be used to make cleaning supplies, scented candles…the list is endless! Ooh…scrubs too! So yes…it does look worth the initial investment if you’re into that sort of thing. 🙂 Great post!!

  302. Brittany G says:

    This is such an awesome recipe!! 🙂

  303. Never realized how easy it could be to make your own lip balm. My boys seem to always misplace theirs, a lot. This would help out. Thanks

  304. Eve Colcord says:

    I love this money saver !
    Any recipe like for Cervae Cream? I have major dry skin & psoriasis.

    • Mountain Rose Herbs makes a “powerful skin compund” salve, that works wonders on my excema psoraisis. It contains “Organic Black Walnut leaves, wildharvested Chapparal, organic Sage, organic Mugwort, and organic Tea Tree essential oil in a base of organic Olive oil and Beeswax”. You could probably make it yourself, but it really goes pretty far for me. I always have a tin close at hand.


  305. Julie Metzger says:

    I am excited on finding your blog. I so want to get back to natural making of Chapstick, lotion and soap. This recipe sounds like the start. Thanks

  306. Talithia says:

    Great idea. Thanks

  307. I LOVE Burt’s Bees and would love to try this! $2.99 per tube is insane and I go through several a month! Would love to win to try this out for myself!

  308. I am so excited I saw this post in time!! I LOVE Burt’s Bees products, especially their chapstick! I’d be excited to experiment with making custom tinted versions at home 🙂

  309. My kids LOVE chapstick

  310. Love Burts bees chapstick….hate the cost…. 🙂

  311. I too love Burt’s Bees. What an inspiration to make my own. My daughter and her friends would enjoy this too. Thamks for the idea.

  312. I would love to try making this chapstick – you are so creative to figure out how to duplicate the recipe!!

  313. I’d like to try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Do you think there’s some kind of tint that can be added? I like Burt bees tinted lip balm

  314. rochelle roberts says:

    I am wondering where you buy the chapstick tubes?
    Can’t wait to try this thank you

  315. Love it! Where did you get the tubes? Can I use organic grape seed oil instead of the sunflower oil? Also if I use organic coconut oil ( which I already have) instead of cocoa butter, do I still need the lanolin? Thanks! Can’t wait to get mixing!

    • You can sure try it Lorie! I am thinking there is such a little amount of lanolin you might be able to get away without using it at all. Give it a try and see how you like it!

      • So glad to hear this! I am allergic to lanolin but I love the idea of making lip balm at home! Thank you for posting this – can’t wait to try!

        • Whitney – Can you let me know if it works with Grapeseed oil and no lanolin? I am trying hard to make it safe for my daughter, and those are just two of her major allergens (sunflower and lanolin). Thanks! ~ Jen

  316. Where do you get the tubes from? I wouldn’t have enough old Burt’s Bees tubes laying around to recycle. I also like the question above about using a tint?? And I would imagine you can use other essential oils for a different scent?? Thanks—cool idea.

  317. Hi. I totally love the idea of making my own Burt’s Bees lip balm. Is there an ingredient that I can add to make it contain a sunscreen. Living in Utah with the higher elevations…plus I love the outdoors & running…..makes it a must needed benefit of lip balm. Thanks for your wonderful idea!

    • Hi Brenda, I am not sure about the sunscreen. I am sure you can buy some kind of liquid sunscreen to add in, but not sure what. Like I said I am a beginner in all of this too, but if anyone else figures it out that would be awesome. If you want a tint you can take a tube of cheap lipstick and add a teeny bit in the melting process – A litte bit of red will make a nice pink lip balm.

      • I just came across this as I’m looking for ideas to make my own Burt’s Bees. I’ve been making my own chapstick for about 6 months now and have just not perfected my recipe quite yet and the one I did, I can’t remember which recipe I used, go figure!! I am also a very picky chapstick user though.

        Brenda-I saw the comment asking about sunscreen. Helyichrysum oil has natrual sunscreen properties in it. Helychrisum is a spendy oil however but you wouldn’t need to use but a few drops so it would last for a long time. I use it for sunscreen in the summers with some sweet almond oil. I’d be careful what kind of oils you use however. You want to make sure they ar 100% pure and therapeutic grade. If you have questions about oils and their quality let me know.

        Someone asked about tinting as well. brambleberry.com has a lot of stuff for soap, candle, and cosmetic making. I get my butters, oils, lip balm containers etc. from mountainroseherbs.com and abundanthealth4u.com. They have been the cheapest I have found so far.

        I cannot wait to try this recipe!!

    • Hi! I’ve read that coconut oil is a natural sunscreen. I’ve made my own chapstick with similar recipes and one of them had coconut oil in it. Someone has also told me that eating coconut oil also protects you from the sun somehow! 🙂

    • You can add in titanium dioxide powder into it. Just be warned that it will turn your lip balm white, and therefore, your lips. It is a natural sunblock. There is one other mineral that can be used, but I can’t remember it right now. It will also turn it white, but is a natural sun block. Both are safe for skin use.

      Coconut oil is not a natural sunblock. Vitamin E has an SPF of about 4, so while low, it will offer minor protection. I also live in Utah (Utah valley) and make my own lip balm and have, so far, found the vitamin E to be enough. Granted, I don’t spend as much time outdoors as you do.

      Don’t use any citrus eo’s in the lip balm, as they can increase skin photosensitivity. I.e. increase your chances of getting a sunburn.

      Brenda, you may want to play around with the quantity of titanium dioxide you put in the lip balm. You might be ale to find a happy medium in which you aren’t turning your lips white, but getting good protection.

      I also won’t recommend using a liquid or solid sunscreen in the lip balm. They are not designed for ingestion and many contain harmful chemicals. Putting it in a lip balm GUARANTEES ingestion. Any time you lick your lips, you ingest a bit of the lip balm.

  318. I used jojoba, cacao, coconut, greentea oil, beeswax a little bit of raw honey for hydration, healing enzymes as well as antibacterial properties. I put it in a wide mouth container I got a bunch from the dollar stores & I use it on everything from my knees to under my eyes, really awesome stuff!

  319. Awesome on the chapstick recipe. I wont be adding lanoline(animal product) i’m excited to give this a go. Just a word about microwaves(i never use one under any circumstance) a microwave changes the molecular structure of anything placed in one.

  320. Melissa says:

    How many tubes will this recipe make?

  321. I LOVE Burt’s Bees also! Thank you for the recipe 😉

  322. Beth Turner says:

    Tons of supplies here with great prices: http://craftcafe.co/shop/candlelynnsupply/

  323. Can I substitute shea butter instead of cocoa butter? since that’s what I have on hand. can’t wait to try this one 🙂

    • I am not sure how that will be, but I would give it a try for sure. I have made other chapsticks with shea butter and they were delish, so it might be pretty darn close. Let me know. 🙂

    • You can definitely substitute Shea for cocoa butter. You just need to be aware that cocoa is a significantly harder butter than Shea, so the lip balm is going to be a bit softer. Also, you need to be careful about overheating the Shea. If you do, it becomes grainy. Don’t use a microwave to melt it. Go ahead and take the extra time and use a double boiler. Add it in AFTER the beeswax, that way you can be sure it’s not in the heat for too long, thus risking it overheating and becoming grainy.

      Also, you shouldn’t substitute coconut oil in place of cocoa butter. Coconut oil is an oil that happens to be kind of a solid at room temp, but has such a low melting point, that it melts at body temp. Using it in place of cocoa butter will make your lip balms too soft and likelier to melt in your pockets if you don’t increase the amount of wax. Substituting an oil for a butter into a recipe that already has an oil in it is really just going to create a salve instead of balm. It the butter that gives lip balms their creamy texture and ease of application. Even then, a butter is preferable because of all the natural fats it has that help moisturize your lips and it stays there longer than an oil, which gets absorbed quickly.

      Vitamin E has a natural SPF of about 4. You just need to be careful about the strength you use, as it can possibly irritate skin if too strong or used in too great of quantity.

      Also, the best oil (in my opinion) to use instead of sunflower oil, is grapeseed oil. It’s naturally high in vitamin E, which is a natural preservative. It’s one of the longest lasting (shelf life-wise) because of it and extremely healthy for your skin.

      Rosemary is also a natural preservative. I would recommend using more than a couple of drops though. Around 5 is good, and with how many tubes this recipe makes, you won’t be able to taste or smell it. And instead of using a ton of peppermint eo, you can buy some menthol crystals (which is what gives your lips the tingle) to add into the recipe and reduce the amount of peppermint eo you use. It’s best to actually let the melted balm cool down for a couple of minutes before adding in all the eo’s. that way you can be sure it’s cool enough that it won’t burn them off right away. If you need to reheat, you should add a few drops more, as the heat will have burned off some of it. This is true for any eo.

      • How much menthol crystals would you suggest?

      • Jlermuseaux says:

        I prefer cocoa butter in my lip balm but make it with shea regularly. I also microwave it all the time, you just have to get it hot enough so it doesn’t get grainy, not that I have had that problem with quality butters.

        I don’t use grape seed oil as it has a short shelf life. I use coconut oil as it has a long shelf life.

        I can’t stress enough- vitamine e and rosemary ARE NOT PRESERVATIVES!!! They can be added to oils as antioxidants which prolong shelf life by keeping the oils from going rancid but DO NOT keep germs from growing.

        With balms, you can follow the basic rule of thirds- wax, oil, butter- I adjust them to get the firmness I require for the balm (lip balm harder, lotion bar a little softer). Cocoa and mango butter a harder and if replaced with shea or another softer butter then you need more wax.

  324. Beth Turner says:

    Found mica powder which is used for tinting all kinds of makeup. Some is safe for lips and some is not. http://www.coastalscents.com has a huge selection as well as clearly labels which are safe for lips. Samples of each color are $1 each, I just ordered 2. No idea how much you would need. I can answer the question about sunscreen though: you can either use cupuacu butter (http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item.php?item_id=804) or zinc oxide powder (http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item/Zinc_Oxide_USP/97?category=31)
    I just ordered cupuacu butter and will be substituting it for the cocoa butter. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

  325. Glad I found this page! I love Burt’s Bees, but haven’t tried the peppermint, and not a fan of it on my lips. However, have you tried Badger Balm? They make a chapstick in a “tangerine breeze” flavor. Really there is no taste to it, but the smell and the feeling on your lips is amazing. I have been making a similar recipe for chapsticks. Been using olive oil, and a bit of coconut oil (which is antibacterial,so no worries like you stated with the sunflower oil) a few drops of vitamin e oil, and beeswax. Not bad, but it needs some tweaking. May have to try your recipe minus the peppermint & Rosemary. What is the purpose of lanolin? Thanks! =)

    • Lanolin is made from sheeps wool. Its a great moisturizer and an excellent emollient. 🙂 I think you could make this recipe with different essential oils if you like – but be careful with citrus essential oils. You are supposed to avoid sun when using citrus oils on your skin because the sun and citrus cause a chemical reaction/burns.

      • Oh! Glad you said that. I was just reading this again tonight, going to maybe make some this weekend. Will omit the lanolin, substitute olive oil for the sunflower oil, and maybe..vanilla extract? Ooo now I am thinking Christmas already. Vanilla, Cinnamon,Candy Cane(your peppermint),hmm..hot chocolate? What would you use to sweeten them without messing up the texture? I tried honey once, it didn’t work. I used an artificial sweetner packet with another mix of orange oil balms I made and they were perfect, but not all natural of course. (I’m just going for DIY and easy though. The more natural the better) Thanks for your help! =)

    • Be careful with lanolin, as many people are allergic to it. You can leave it out of recipes altogether, adding in a small bit of a softer butter than cocoa (such as Shea) or keep it in there.

  326. Michelle C says:

    I’m allergic to lanolin, can I skip it?

  327. Don’t know if anyone else mentioned this but there are about a million other things that you can make with your $50 investment materials. Most of them don’t expire but coconut oil makes awesome lotion. And as far as the sunflower oil… It is great as a salad dressing. I felt the same way after my initial soap making adventure but you have so many fun ingredients that are great to make other stuff now!!

  328. That’s a great saving! Do you have to wait for the liquid to cool down a bit before pouring in to the plastic container?
    Do you have a recommendation about where to purchase the containers? Thank you!

    • Hi, no you don’t want to wait for it to cool or it’s too late. Make sure its liquid when you pour it in the containers. I added the links to the containers in the post above. 🙂

  329. I wish I could buy burts bees for $3! I live in Australia and they are $6 each tube! Insane price difference between the two countries (not fair)!

    I’m going to have to try and find Aussie suppliers so I can make some!

  330. Hi! I love the mango butter burts bees and I was wondering if you think that using mango butter instead of cocoa butter would be ok. on the ingredient list it lists both coconut oil and mango butter. So i’m not sure if I need both or just one? Does your lip balm taste super pepermint-y? Maybe I will just substitute pepermint out for another essential oil.

    • I say play around with it and see if you like it. My lip balm is really nice and pepperminty just like Burts Bees. Feel free to use another essential oil if you want to. Have fun with it.

  331. You mention using either cocoa butter OR coconut oil, but you only refer to the butter. Have you made it with oil? I lack only two ingredients (lanolin & beeswax), otherwise I’m ready to make this.

  332. Carissa says:

    Do you think that making this with shea butter instead of cocoa butter, and coconut oil instead of sunflower oil would work? If so, would I need to add more beeswax, so it would’t be too soft & prone to melting in a pocket? Is it necessary to use a dropper/pipette to fill the lip balm tubes, or can I just carefully pour?

    • Well the problem is that it would probably be a bit harder if you use coconut oil instead of sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is a liquid form and coconut oil is solid at room temp. You could try to carefully pour, give it a try! If some spills over the edges you can wipe it off.

    • Shea butter is quite a bit softer than cocoa butter so you would definately need to add a little more beeswax. I like the firmness of Burt’s Bees so I like mine a little more firm though. It’s really just personal preference. Karrie is right that coconut oil is a solid at room temp but melts with body temp. You can also get liquid coconut oil, it’s just a little bit more spendy. I pour mine from my glass measuring cup and am just careful and it works fine for me. Hope this helps!!

  333. Carissa says:

    Really? I thought the coconut oil would probably make it softer because of melting so easy. I just thought if I could substiute coconut oil for the sunflower oil, the lip balm would have a longer shelf life, and I wouldn’t have to be concerned about it going rancid, as some of my burt’s bees have.

    • Hmm…maybe you are right. Give it a try, I am a beginner at making homemade recipes, so all I know is that the one I put together tastes just like it. Give it a try, maybe it will work? Let me know.

  334. Carissa says:

    Will do. I’ll try it and if it is too hard for my liking, maybe I could add some shea butter?
    Also, did you find that the beeswax made it hard to clean the pot you used? I have heard of this and was wondering what your experience was.

    • Ellaregee says:

      Yes! I learned that the hard way bat beeswax in making other products with it!

    • Ellaregee says:

      Yes! I learned that the hard way about beeswax in making other products with it!

    • Since you’re using a double boiler and not direct heat you might be able to use a heavy weight plastic bag to line the pot. When I did candles I melted the wax by boiling it in a bag.

  335. I love this! But i want my tubes to be different than the plain white ones, or the same color as the burt bees cover. i found clear ones, which would be cool! Could i possibly color the balm itself?

    • Yes Nicole, you can use any kinds of tubes or tins. If you want to easily color the lip balm try adding a little tiny slice or two of lipstick to the recipe. That’s the easiest way I know to add color.

  336. Stefani says:

    I am seeing liquid lanolin on amazon. Will this make a difference?

  337. This is genius! Burts Bees is my FAVE. I just found your blog today and I’ve been browsing for over an hour…I’m hooked. Love your ideas and enthusiasm!

  338. How about the Burt’s Bee’s coconut foot stuff? I love that stuff and since my husband is diabetic and they really have to be careful with their feet, we got thru a lot of it, but it’s SO expensive!!!

  339. I love love love this as I’m addicted to lip balm! Thanks so much for the recipe and the post. I agree, I would sooo bring this along as the thing I could not live without!

  340. Love this! Only have found recipes with petroleum jelly which I cannot use because I use O-2. I am thinking that I might try a little adjustment and find a way to add some color!

  341. You could probably add a bit of a melted crayon for color. I use crayons to make lipstick all the time. I am very picky about my colors and it is easy to tweek. I melt the crayons first in a metal spoon over boiling water and stir with long toothpicks then pour on wax paper to harden until I am ready to use in my lipstick recipes. Just a thought. I do not like the idea of using lanolin. I am going to try but you did a great job!

  342. Is there anything different from using doTerra essential oils vs. another brand that is cheaper?

  343. So excited to try this! I never see the beads of beeswax so if i were to cut a chunk off a bar of it what it weigh in ounces? And might be a weird question to ask but is all lanolin the same, like the kind they sell for breastfeeding moms (lansinoh brand) says pure lanolin on it and i have a ton of it left over, would that be okay to use?

    • Hmmm…I am not sure about the lansinoh. It is the same consistency of lanolin, but as long as there are no other ingredients I think it would be fine to use. And yep, just weigh hunks of bar off and measure in ounces. Good luck.

  344. Is there a difference between using the coconut oil vs. using the coconut butter?

  345. Do you use virgin sunflower oil or pure sunflower oil?

  346. I looooooove this! I can’t use the original Burt’s bees though–I only use the honey version. Any thoughts on how to adjust the recipe to make that one??

  347. Irene DiMucci says:

    Fantastic, can’t wait to try making the chapstick! Thanks so much!

  348. I {used to} love BB lip balm. I used it for 12 years!! I still have probably 20 empty tubes of it because they used to send you a gob of free samples if you returned back 3 empty tubes. But they have since been purchased by some major brand – Clorox it turns out – { https://www.burtsbees.com/u/root-company-faqs-burt-s-bees.html#4 } and I don’t think they do that any more (( and this explains why there’s been an explosion on ALL grocery story shelves of BB products, not just “natural stores” where I used to have to get it )) … but that’s all besides the point of this post… I have been “addicted” to lip balms since I was 12 yrs old and starting playing a musical instrument. I eventually learned that the peppermint oil in BB was a. causing my “addiction” and b. was keeping my lips a bit chapped so that I had to keep applying. Trust me – after 12 years, it was super hard to let those little yellow tubes go! So I guess what I am saying here is – beware of the peppermint oil!

  349. I tried the recipe and I loved the product. But I put it in little containers like what Carmex comes in. I would suggest NOT doing this, as my results were too stiff to really get any out with your finger unless it’s warm. Definitely I think the tubes would work better.

  350. Would this recipe still work if you omitted the lanolin? God, you’re so clever:)

  351. hej i’m from germany…i just made the lip balm for the second time…i love it…i’m using not so much peppermint oil and more vitamin e oil and some propolis…thank you so much for this great recipe!! i love it and my friends can’t get enough of it.

    have a nice day. greetings from germany.

  352. jennifer says:

    Could you use the liquid colorings that they have for soaps to add color instead of lipstick?

    • NO! Soap colorants are NOT lip safe! Use ONLY lip safe pigments. You can substitute pigment with non-toxic color crayons.

  353. You can also get the lippie containers at TKB for 29 cents each or 10 for $2.90. http://www.tkbtrading.com/item.php?item_id=217&category_id=66

  354. You are so very welcome, let me know what you think after you try it!

  355. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe and tutorial! And, my favorite part? You told us MULTIPLE options for sourcing the ingredients. Who does that?! You, that’s who! Great job. I can’t wait to make this myself.

  356. jocelyne marchand says:

    do you know the story of the woman behind burt’s bees – she realized a long time ago that you could buy ingredients by the barrel, repackage them and sell them for a lot of money. She went from being a back to the lander who sold hand made candles (from wax she got from Burt) at craft fairs to a multi millionaire . . maybe you can start you own line of products . . . .

  357. tea tree oil is really good too! 🙂 thank you I will be making!!

  358. This is totally awesome! The start up cost is quite high. I do not like burt’s bees chapstick…My sister loves it. I had a difficult time finding ingredients due to a rural location. Ordered off Amazon and went to local health food store. I made 25 tubes of chapstick that may be like burt’s bees, but definitely tastes better. I did not add the lanolin. I used the recipe exactly otherwise. Thanks for the tip!

  359. Julianne Wyatt says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your copy cat’s.

  360. I just made this and it was oh so easy, I used 1/2 sweet almond oil and 1/2 safflower oil because its what I had (I had no sunflower oil) I forgot to add the lanolin because I was distracted and added 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to the recipe and Oh My Word this is wonderful. I’m in Nova Scotia Canada and the ingredients were quite easy to find thanks to the Farmers Markets and health food stores and I ordered the tubes on ebay. I was so excited when they came in this week I couldn’t wait to try this. Thank you so much for your blog and your inspiration. (I’ve never purchased burts bees lip balm because its so expensive and I love this stuff!!)

  361. Jessica Gabriel says:

    Wow. I ended up on your blog from finding the freezer burn post on Pinterest. I saw the Burt’s Bees link (I have some in my pocket right now!) and clicked it. I am *impressed*! I usually skim blogs – when I read them at all – but read every word you wrote! I was blown away how you put different measurements, sourced out different places to get the ingredients and even posted a recipe card! You did some very thorough, thoughtful work. I don’t read any blogs regularly and have not signed my email onto any. But I did just now! Looking forward to whatever else you post. Thank you.

  362. Sounds fantastic and I am so impressed by the list of places to get the ingredients and how you even calculated the cost for the bulk vs per chapstick! I’m gonna try this so thank you very much! 😀

  363. Let me say that this is a very good post, thank you 🙂 At first, you do not mention Cocoa or Coconut Oil. Is it in the incredients ? Could we replace Beeswax by something else and can we omit the Lanolin ?

  364. How well does this stand up to the heat, because I live in Arizona?

  365. I am going to try this recipe and make in bulk for Christmas gifts this year… but one question. In the picture, there are 6 tubes that you made, along with the container of your leftover lip balm. But I was wondering, how many tubes do you think this recipe will make, rather than using a big container? Thanks, your answer would help greatly, so I know how much of the ingredients I have to buy!!

  366. Brittany P. says:

    Awesome recipe!! I’m not for sure if it was mentioned in any of the comments above because there’s so many, but I did notice the link to buy to tubes, but do you a have a link or way that you make your own labels to fit the tubes…to list the ingredients and such…? I was going to make some for Christmas presents and it would be awesome to have labels made to fit the tubes!

  367. Thanks for this!! Wondering if you could substitute grape seed oil for the sunflower oil?

  368. A few tips:
    1: instead of the boiling method, I started simply microwaving. So much easier (60 seconds per 1 cup). Add ingredients into a Pyrex measuring cup to microwave.

    2: I use a candy making bottle (think cheap mustard picnic bottle) to dispense the melted product into tubes/tubs.

  369. Karrie! the lanolin doesn’t have to taste bad. If you go to Target, the baby section should have tubes of lanolin (It’s meant for sore nipples! ha.) The only brand I could find was Lansinoh. It was pretty expensive, almost ten dollars for 1.41 ounces. BUT it has no noticeable flavor. i put it directly on my lips and it was fine. The packaging says women dont even need to remove it from their nipples before breastfeeding. When i make your recipe i’ll probably use MORE lanolin. According to wikipedia, it actually helps the body retain water. Pretty cool. Thanks, sheep!

    P.S. you look a lot like Sarah Chalke

    • Totally laughing right now at the Sarah Chalke thing…. but you know who else I really look like? Elise Testone from american idol 2012… my family was freaking right out..LOL

  370. Is the lanolin absolutely necessary in this recipe? What is its purpose?

  371. Hi there, I love this idea! I am planning on making some with my friends and wondered about how many tubes each recipe makes. I am trying to share the cost of bulk supplies. So excited to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  372. Do you remember how many tubes you made with this recipe?

  373. LOVE LOVE LOVE that you “do the math”! 2 of my boys participated in FIRST robotics and one of their mottos is “Do the Math, Save the World”! Just shows my boys another way that MATH is SO important!

  374. Can you leave the Lanolin out of this recipe and make it vegan?

  375. Wow! I really enjoy your perspective! I’d like to get emails every time you post. I didn’t see a way to do that. Is there a feed?

  376. Love this! But it’s missing the tingly feeling. I think I’m going to buy some menthol crystals, melt the balm back down and add it in.
    Maybe the brand of peppermint oil I got sucks?

  377. I used the Cocoa butter instead of coconut oil thinking it would come out too gooey if I used the oil. It came out just right but I really don’t like the chocolate smell the Cocoa butter leaves. It over powers the peppermint. Do you think I should just add more peppermint or emit the cocoa butter and use the coconut oil instead? Thx for the recipe 🙂

  378. Love this!! can’t wait to try!! We just made some healing sticks to use on chapped cheeks (gotta love living in the snow), and we found that to keep the mix liquidy, while dropping in into the chapstick tubes, we got out an old electric candle warmer and set the glass jar on that to keep it from cooling!! worked fantastically!!

  379. Does anyone have experience with how long until it begins to turn rancid? Also, how about adding some color? Anyone tried it? Or is tinted lip balm a whole different thing?

    • I’ve seen people make lipstick from melting coconut oil and adding part of a crayon to the oil. (http://rookiemag.com/2013/10/diy-crayon-lipstick/)
      I’m assuming that this same technique would work to tint chap stick, considering that crayons are basically just a wax. I’m planning to experiment with this in the future. If it doesn’t work then at least you barely waste any money buying crayons.

    • Hi Leah – you’ve probably learned the answer to your question by now – I know this post was very old but it’s pretty easy to determine how long a shelf life your oils have: just look at the expiry date on the container. If you use a mixture of oils, the expiry date should be the soonest expiring product.

      Beeswax doesn’t really have an expiry date. It does slowly dry up over time but this isn’t a problem unless you buy very large amounts.

  380. Thank you for posting a price comparison for the ingredients, it is super helpful!!

  381. I got all the ingredients today and am going to make this. I love Burt’s Bees and so do my daughters and their families. I am making it for Christmas.

  382. Just made this. Love it! I used coconut oil,safflower oil and a little extra Lansinoh lanolin (no smell or taste). It made 20 tubes. I added 25 drops of peppermint and actually think it could have used a little more. Other than that fantastic! Thx for the recipe:)

  383. Just made this recipe and it is by far my favorite. I have tried two other recipes and they have been a little dry, wish I had tried this first. I left out the Lanolin because I didn’t have any, and increased the peppermint, and could have added more. Still smell rosemary predominately and while I don’t object to that at all I was going for more predominantly peppermint. I will continue to make this chap stick and substitute various other flavor oils. Thanks

  384. This recipe and the description of the process and price list was amazing. Best I’ve seen on a blog. Thanks for this!

  385. CatherineS says:

    This is a great idea, and I really appreciate the info. However, I wanted to mention that shipping costs for The Sage are extremely high. I just put together an order of items costing $38.50 and the shipping charges would add another 40% to 45%! So, I’m going to look elsewhere for the items.

  386. Thank you so much for your thoughtful in taking the time to try this out and then sharing your recipe with everyone else. I know how long this probably took you, as just figuring out what I was going to order off where took a lot of time. I have had the products for 3 months and finally took the time to make it today and it is great! Thank you for being so thoughtful!! You are so kind and sweet:)

  387. This makes me a bit sad.
    Burt is a real guy. My BBF is a friend of the family. They are good people.
    I’m all for saving money, but this isn’t a big box chain. 🙁

    I hope you enjoy making lip balm variations, but please continue to support the folks who inspired you. They’re local, in my economy.

    Cheers 🙂

    • Aloha Sylvia:

      Can you order directly from them without having to go through the big box chains? I do like the recipe, but I wouldn’t mind ordering directly from them either.

  388. I had a recipe I was using, but cant wait to try this one, I use young living oils so already have them in stock along with most of these items. Thanks so much for sharing.

  389. Dave Betts says:

    Thanks for the recipe.

    I’ve made a batch today but i’m going to add menthol crystals to get the tingle so ive got to reheat when they arrive.

    One thing i might try different in the next batch is using cocoa butter instead of coconut oil as i found the lip balm to be a little to soft

  390. CatherineS says:

    Wanted to follow-up with the info that lip balm tubes can be found at a great price on Amazon.com, and a lip balm filling tray at Specialtybottle.com for a price comparable to TheSage but it also includes a trowel and shipping is about 1/2 the cost.

  391. I’ve tried a couple other Burt’s Bees wanna-“bee’s” recipes -) (Aren’t I so clever?) and my daughter, who absolutely loves the store brand, says they are too soft. Living in the desert, they definitely won’t work in a purse in the summer…it melts! The recipes I’ve tried used coconut oil but I notice yours gives the option of cocoa butter. Would that perhaps not melt as easily in the warmth? And/or adding more bees wax? I also can’t use sunflower oil…would grape seed or apricot oil work? Great blog…really like your ideas! I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for months, just getting around to asking my questions, but anxious to try this! Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Yes–definitely clever! 🙂 This is the only recipe I have tried and I use it because that is what the ingredients on the Burt Bee’s Lip Balm had used. So I am not sure about the substitutes and how they would affect the lip balm. If you try it a substitution let me know how it goes!

  392. Heather Hyde Sieh says:

    Hi there!

    I have everything but the lanolin. How important is it?

    Thank you!

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Lanolin softens, moisturizes and protects lips so I think it is pretty important to mimic the Burts Bees Lip Balm. I did find that some people who are allergic to lanolin used coconut oil and shea butter in its place. So that could be an option! 🙂

      • Kathy Stevenson says:

        I just made this with sweet almond oil and no lanolin. It came out great! Thanks for the recipe!

  393. Thanks for the recipe! But how do you clean the beeswax off of everything!?

  394. i just tried this recipe, and it is wonderful. thank you much for sharing!!!

  395. This recipe is great! I’ve made 4 batches. I made one batch with cocoa butter which created a great chocolate peppermint smell, however I prefer the scent and feel when using coconut oil. I used quite a bit more essential oil to get my desired amount of peppermint smell and tingle when applied. Thanks so much for sharing!

  396. What do I look for when purchasing an essential oil that is safe for cosmetic grade? I know certain oil brands are only for aromatherapy, etc, but wasn’t sure if it would say a particular phrase that would let me know if it was safe to use in the chapstick. I am excited to try this recipe! Thanks!

  397. Stephanie says:

    Love the recipe. Can’t wait to try it out. I was wondering about suggesting using a microwave oven? Microwaves denature everything that goes into it. Wouldn’t you lose the goodness of essential oils etc. because of this?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I used the water because you can control the cooking better than a microwave. I haven’t used the microwave to see if it would change the consistency. But if you do and it works let me know!

  398. Marianne says:

    I have beeswax and cocoa butter in blocks so I have to melt it before measuring. Recipe calls for 20 grams of each yet the beeswax is 3 T while the cocoa butter is 2. I do not have a scale that measures in grams. So, I’m conflicted about how much of each to use. Obviously they are equal amounts, but should I use 2 or 3 T of each? Thanks,

  399. Do you know if the tubes you used were BPA free? I am just worried about it leeching into the balm if I don’t use all of it quickly enough.

    And I was just thinking, maybe you can also use a infant medicine syringe you get with the infant Tylenol instead of buying a $5 dropper.

  400. Robynne Catheron says:

    Hi Karrie!

    I’m addicted to Burt’s Bees (cooling), and have got to stop paying three bucks a tube! I keep one in my purse, one in my pocket, and one in my truck just in case. Lip balm is addicting, did you know that? Your lips stop moisturizing themselves if we’re going to do it for them. Sad for me, because I take medication that gives me a dry mouth. I’m never without a bottle of water and my Burt’s Bees.
    So, I’m going to make it myself, thanks to your inspiration, instructions and motivation! Thank you!

  401. This is GREAT!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! Going to make some asap.

  402. This is one of the best money saving ideas… it’s extremely easy, and the markup on chapstick is huge. One thing is bothering me though… when you list the recipe and say that coconut oil and cocoa butter can be switched out for each other. cocoa butter is so much firmer than coconut oil!

    I’ve read a lot of recipes and a starting point of 20% beeswax and 20% cocoa butter is pretty standard, with the remaining 60% whatever oils you want. (Lanolin and Vit E both getting lumped in there in small amounts, 1-2 percent each.) The recipe will be more uniform if you keep the cocoa butter in all versions. (For consistency/firmness i mean.) (with coconut oil melting at 76 degrees, it’s going to turn liquid when it hits your lips anyway, so you can use it like you would use the sunflower.) It might be better for readers if you change the cocoa butter to its own ingredient. Then the substitutions can just be among the various oils. Sunflower, apricot kernel, sweet almond, coconut, olive… etc.

    Also! you might enjoy using the yellow beeswax instead of the white. Yellow is unrefined. So it smells like honey, yum. a coconut honey chapstick could be next!

  403. Great! I just made this recipe and it turned out well. I had tried the laundry detergent a few weeks ago and wanted to try this one next. It filled about 20 tubes for me.

  404. Hi, Karrie! I am so excited to see that you use products from Majestic Mountain Sage! I love that place! Living in Utah, where they are based, makes my orders get to me lickety-split! Your site is fun and informative! Thanks for all of the DIYs! Love and blessings to you and yours!

  405. Bonnie McCauley says:

    What would you suggest using for a medicated lip balm??

  406. This is a great idea. I was wondering how to make hurts bee’s myself and I got to thinking it’s essentially body butter. I’ve tried your recipe and it’s very nice. My final version was to use grapeseed instead of sunflower oil (only because I never have any around) and I used a little less of it and made up the difference with sweet almond oil.

    I also read about someone who liked the tingly feeling of burts bees and I do too. I used Camphor EO. It works great!

  407. I did this for Christmas this year and made 100 tubes! I absolutely love it. I have tons of ingredients left over so I’m definitely never buying lip balm ever again. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial! I did a couple of batches and tweaked the recipe a little because my first batch was a little heavy on the coco butter, but I learned as I went along. I’m definitely not a crafty person, but this was just too easy to pass up. Including tubes, labels, and all the ingreadients, it initially cost me about $60. But with making 100 tubes and ingredients to spare, I’d say it was a great investment.

  408. I’m definitely doing this! http://www.bulkapothecary.com has literally everything on this list, so it saves you in shipping costs cause you’re getting it all from the same place! Also, great prices. Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

  409. Hi – I’d love to try making this. Is it possible to cut the recipe in half and still get the same results?

  410. So, if I don’t have rosemary, is it still gonna be a burts bees copycat?? Or is it one the must have ingredients?

  411. Jodi Armstrong says:

    I’d really love to try this… was wondering do you think you could replace the sunflower oil w. shea butter? could you make it w.o lanolin… what does the lanolin do?

  412. Just wanted to say thank you for this! Using it as Christmas gifts and so happy to have the ingredients online to satisfy my Burt’s Bees addiction much more cheaply! I skipped the rosemary as I didn’t have it and next time will add more peppermint…but my boys love that this one tastes more “chocolatey” and doesn’t have the same zing of the peppermint.

  413. I want to try this! Any ideas for a substitution for sunflower oil? That’s the only thing I don’t have. Will almost any oil work? Olive oil? Thanks!

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I haven’t tried a substitute for the sunflower oil. I found mine at Walmart so hopefully there is a place nearby that carries it. 🙂

  414. Thanks for your recipe and tips. I’m going to try the eyedropper one. Sounds easier than using tiny funnels.
    I used to love Burts Bees lip gloss until I started making my own. Now I’ll never buy health food store bought lip gloss again. {Kiss my face is another $3 + natural brand}.
    Here’s my recipe, if you want something different:

    Lip Gloss

    2 teaspoons grated beeswax
    7 teaspoons coconut oil
    1 teaspoon pure honey
    5-10 drops vanilla extract

    Melt the oil and beeswax together in a pan
    over low heat until the beeswax is melted.
    Take off the stove and whisk it together with honey.
    Cool and add the vanilla extract.
    Stir and then funnel into your container.

    My tips; Store unused tubes it in the refrigerator. They last much longer that way.
    My recipe works great during the winter–not so good in the summer because it tends to melt in warm weather {left in cars} and jeans pockets.
    I use natural lips gloss out of necessity because of petroleum allergies.
    This recipe makes a mild, slightly sweet gloss. Basic ingredients plus tubes bring the cost to about 35 cents each in small batches. I didn’t try to buy in bulk and already had melting pans that I use in candle making.

  415. About how many tubes of chapstick did this wield? I am trying to decide on how many tubes i need to order for my first batch.
    Please and Thanks for the help!

  416. Kate Henry says:

    Try melting all the ingredients in a freezer zip bag. Just make sure that the bag doesn’t touch the sides or bottom of the pan. I put a chop stick across the top of the pan and then clipped the bag to the chop stick, keeping it from the sides and bottom. When everything is melted, carefully open the top of the bag and add the essential oils. When you are ready to fill the tubes, snip off a corner of the bag and funnel the liquid into the tubes. To fill the tubes I pulled out my egg carton holder (egg carton turned upside down with holes created to hold the tubes. I then snipped a small hole in the corner, filled a tube, pinched off the opening, moved on to next tube, etc. Works like a charm and cleanup is a snap!

  417. Hi. Great recipe but I have a few questions. What are you using as a preservative, natural or otherwise? How long is the shelf life.

    • Not using preservatives, just the ingredients listed. I’m not exactly sure why but the combination of ingredients seems to last a really long time! I have some that is a year old and tastes just as good as the day I made it.

  418. Christel S says:

    Thank you for your awesome tutorial.. love the cute pictures of yourself! Reminds me of myself.. hehe.. I love Burt’s Bees stuff.. I have eczema and go through it crazy fast when I get a deal on it. I am out of it and do not want to spend the $$$ on it again!! Thanks!!! HUGS

  419. Roberta from CO says:

    I made your recipe tonight and I have to say – IT IS AWESOME!!! I am a lover of Burt’s Bees (I even watched the documentary on Netflix), so when I saw this I knew I had to try it. Living in CO, dry skin and chapped lips are very commonplace around here, so I was excited to try this out and save some $$ on chapstick. I have a small food scale and it worked beautifully with your measurements. I was able to fill 12 chapstick tubes plus two small rectangular tubes. I will be sharing this with my sisters and Mom this Mother’s Day…they are going to love it! I am also going to tint the next batch and for the third batch I am going to try some different essential oils. Thanks again for this excellent and EASY recipe! It will become a regular at my house.

  420. Thanks for the recipe. It seems so easy. One question, what could I use to substitute the lanolin?


    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Since it is such a small amount I have heard other people have just done without it and it has worked out just fine!

  421. I don’t think the NOW brand essential oils are pure therapeudic grade, so they are less potent. You should really use a pure essential oil that doesn’t have fillers to get it to be the best and follow my recipe if you want it to be “just right”.

  422. I made them yesterday with and they are fantastic. Simply the best lip balm I ever had!

  423. My chapstick turned out great, your recipe yielded 18 tubes for me. After the first tube I made I added 5 more drops of peppermint oil to get it to ultra-high-strength-eye-watering peppermint flavour. I also added 5 grams extra of beeswax to make it a little firmer. Would you believe one tube of Burt’s costs 6.00 where I live? Total cost per tube for a far out Canadian worked out to about 50 cents each, still way better. For the Notherners: I managed to get all the ingredients from Amazon.ca with free shipping. Judging by the comments I’m also the first guy to give this a shot. My manliness untarnished and my lips lightly glistening, I say thanks!

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I love your description of the peppermint! WOW $6.00 a tube! It was definitely worth trying it out yourself. Great job!

  424. Hi Karrie! Is the Lanolin really necessary? Thank you

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I like the addition of lanolin but other people have left it out and still really enjoyed the recipe. I have also heard that grapeseed oil is a good substitution.

  425. Casey Meyers says:

    I make chapstick with just two ingredients beeswax and olive oil. Very similar to Burts Bees and very moisturizing.
    Tip, from experience it’s easier to use beeswax pellets vs a block of beeswax. Very hard to brake up the block into small chunks.

  426. Hi, great recipe! thanks. Have you figured out how to dupe their Coconut Foot Creme? TIA

  427. I was wondering if you can use a different oil then sunflower and how that will effect the final result. Would coconut or avocado oil work?

  428. Great post! How do we wash the containers/tubes before using them? Also I thought we could use edible colors but then they are available in very limited colors/shades.

  429. I don’t have the lanolin, could you leave it out or is it essential??

  430. Can we buy from u?

  431. Can I use flavoring oil instead of essential oils to make it fun for my girls

  432. I just recently discovered your blog and love it! Thank you so much for the great information. I was wondering about the Burt’s Bees copycat recipe. I love using the tinted lip balm. I am not a fan of regular lipstick. Just too heavy feeling imho. Is there anything that could be added to this to have a nice, natural looking tint? I am fairly new to the natural, homemade products. Thank you for your help.

    • If you want a slight tint you could use a little bit of regular lipstick, and add it to the melted mix. A teeny bit of red will turn it a pinky hue.

  433. Awesome recipe and can’t wait to try! Quick question – is the lanolin absolutely essential in the recipe? I see it only calls for a pea sized drop so will the recipe still be ok if I leave it out?

  434. John Reinhard says:

    Can’t wait to make this! How many tubes does this recipe make?

  435. Thank you so much for this recipe! I LOVE it. I just made it and was wondering what can I add next time to make it less greasy? I heard to add more beeswax to make it firmer but I like mine a bit less oily. Any suggestions?

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