Homemade Chapstick & Hand Cream
My name is “JoAnn” and I am a chapstick addict! Gambler and Glory are chapsick addicts too!
Gambler and Glory are the first dogs that I’ve had that are in love with my chapstick. I can’t leave my jacket’s hanging on any chairs as they will try and dig in the pocket to get the chapstick out. This day Gman tipped over the chair trying to get at the goods. My keys have a chapstick attached to them also and they will jump on the counter to get my keys to get at the chapstick.
Gambler and Glory have eaten more tubes of chapstick then I can count on my two hands, for this reason I started looking into making it myself and seeing if I could save any money. I am buying chapstick on a monthly basis, at times I will by 6-8 tubes at a time and at $2-3 a tube it adds up quick with the chapstick mongers at home.
Video of Gman vs Chapstick
I did my research on Pinterest on different recipes and this is what I came up with.
1.5 oz Beeswax
2.5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2.5 Teaspoons Coconut Oil
2.5 Teaspoons Shea Butter
1/4 Teaspoons Vit. E
20 Drops Pepperment Oil
If you want the chapstick harder add more beeswax add less of the oils & shea butter, if want it softer add less of beeswax and more of the oils & shea butter.
– Put about a inch of water in a pan and bring to a mild boil.
– Put solid ingredients in glass bowl/measuring cup place into pan so it creates a double boiler effect.
– Stir ingredients as it is melting, taking caution that the steam will become hot and the bowl will become hot.
– Once solids are melted (if use pelleted beeswax it will be about 10 minutes, if use block beeswax it will take 20-30 mins) add olive oil and vit e.
– Mix well time to check consistency if you want to by putting a spoon in mixture and taking out a small amount. Place spoon in freezer for a small amount of time take out and try out.
– If consistency is good add flavoring oils at this time, mix well and then fill chapstick containers using a pipette or dropper.
– Let stand and when firm cap and label.
3 oz Beeswax
3 Tablespoons (2.5oz) Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons (2.5oz) Sweet Almond Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Tea Tree Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Vit. E
Can be used on your hands or on your pets paws, nose or elbows.
The above recipes made 15 tubes of chapstick and 3 tubs of hand cream.
Where I got my ingredients, containers and tips I learned from making.
Beeswax: Pellets – Amazon, Block (16oz) – Hobby Lobby or Bulk Apothecary
Vit E, Tea Tree Oil: Liquid 2-2.5oz – Walgreens
Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Peppermint oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Lavender Oil: Amish Store
Chapstick containers: Bulk Apothecary
Hand Cream containers: Hobby Lobby
Tips: Much easier to use beeswax pellets but if use block need a kitchen scale to measure out chunks you cut off. To cut I found it much easier to run a big knife under hot water and dry off then cut otherwise it took forever to try and get through it. I used a 1 cup measuring cup but if going to make a bigger batch I would get a 2 cup measuring cup so have more room to stir without spilling ingredients over. I would designate a old pan and measuring cups and spoon to stir because even after washing really good you can feel a slick creamy film on the stuff used. I liked being able to use liquid vit e vs capsules as I didn’t have to cut and squeeze the liquid out. If want to add color to lip balm chip off some lipstick into mixture while melting. Add the fragrance oils last so the fragrance holds up, the longer you cook the smell will dissipate. If heat up shea butter to hot it will become grainy when set. I kept the melted liquid in the pan of boiling water as I filled the containers to keep it from setting up while I was filling. Need to use a pipette instead of pouring using the measuring cup spout as I tried that and the liquid ran down the outside of the cup. Once the chapstick sets you can top it off to fill up the tube as it will settle and have a indentation in the middle.
Cost of chapstick not including my time .38, handcream $2.09
This was a fun easy crafty project that I will keep doing. I’ve had great feedback from the girls at work who sampled both products.
I want to say thank you to Susan over at Talking Dogs for coming up with the name for this batch. I posted up on Facebook that I needed a name for my stuff and she came up with: Norman’s Kisses. What a beautiful name!
Now the fun stuff a Giveaway. I’m giving away 3 sets of hand cream and chapstick.
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