Homemade Chapstick and Lipstick Base Recipe

I’ve tried many different versions of homemade chapstick and lipstick but I this recipe is by far my favorite.  When made without color, it is wonderfully nourishing for my often chapped lips and it doesn’t leave lips drier than before you used the lip balm (I’m looking at you, Store Bought Chapstick).  It makes for a great lipstick because you can add any colors to it that you want and ends up being the perfect combination of shine and build-able color.  It’s also incredibly hard to mess up (a wonderful quality in a DIY project) and entirely customazible in texture and the colors you make for your skin tone.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tablespoon beeswax (increase or decrease amount for harder or softer texture of your end result)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon mango butter
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa butter (if you want a harder chapstick, increase the amount of cocoa butter and decrease the mango butter accordingly…vice versa for a softer stick)
  • 1/2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp magnesium stearate (this lets the lipstick glide over your lips like store bought versions…strongly recommended but optional)
  • essential oils (I love the smell of cocoa butter so I never add any scents but you certainly can)

Note: since the mango butter, beeswax, and cocoa butter come in chunks, I just kind of break them up into small pieces and roughly measure out into the measuring spoons.  Honestly, the final result ends up being pretty similar if you get a little more or less of something so don’t stress out too much about measuring them out perfectly.  But also, variation is why it’s fun making something yourself, in my opinion!

Other note: you can sub in any butters or oils, as long as you keep the property of the oils/butters the same.  For example, feel free to swap out the sweet almond oil for avocado oil…they’re both liquid at room temperature and won’t change the end result too much.  As another example, you could use shea butter instead of mango butter because they’re both butters.  Basically, don’t switch a solid state butter for a liquid or you’ll end up with something way too soft and don’t switch a butter in place of an oil because you’ll end up with something rock hard.

Other things you’ll need:

  • 2 empty chapstick containers
  • spoons
  • small pan to melt the butters/oil in

Steps:

1. Measure out the beeswax, mango butter, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and magnesium stearate into a small pan.

2.  Melt everything over low heat without letting it smoke, stirring occasionally.  It’ll take about 7-10 minutes and the magnesium stearate will be the last thing to melt.

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3.  Once everything is melted, keep stirring it until it becomes slightly more viscous but still liquid-y enough to pour.  At this point, you can add oxides or other colorants to it to make it a lipstick, if that’s what you’re going for.  Here’s my Kissable Coral Lipstick Recipe.

4. Pour into 2 empty chapstick  containers and let cool either on your countertop or in the fridge.  (Note: if you’ve used shea butter, put it directly into the fridge after you’ve poured it into the containers.  If it cools too slowly, the lipstick will be grainy and annoying.)

Most importantly, play around with this! The recipe is very forgiving so you can “mess up” quite a bit before you end up with something not usable.  Even then, it’s pretty easy to melt down whatever you’ve got over low heat again and add whatever it is you’re missing.

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