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.
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:
- 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)
- TheSage.com (8 oz.) $5.25
- Hobby Lobby (1 oz) $2.99
- The Puritans Pride: 7 oz. $5.79 + free shipping
- Health food store, local ($2 oz.) $5.99
- Amazon (16 oz). $10.25
- The Puritans Pride (7 oz). $5.99 + free shipping
- The Sage (8 oz.) $8.00 + shipping
- Amazon (7 oz.) $9.85
- Health food store, local (8 oz) $15.70
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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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!