A Natural Remedy for Chapped “Winter Cheeks”

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This week I have been waging my annual winter battle with chapped winter skin! While my trouble spots are my hands and feet…I remember when my kids were little EVERY winter I battled what I call “winter cheeks.”  Chapped, red, sometimes raw skin that made them look like they’d been slapped or sunburned, or both!

Winter is pretty brutal where we live.  Not only COLD, but very, very DRY!  The two combine to play havoc with our skin. I’ve tried EVERYTHING under the sun to combat it….including endless tubes of chapstick. As a matter of fact, we have an entire basket in our medicine cabinet devoted just to tubes of chapstick. Unfortunately, they really don’t do much for healing chapped “winter cheeks” or chapped skin in general.

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So yesterday I got what I thought was a brilliant idea! I decided to take all those useless tubes of chapstick we have in our house and refill them with my OWN version of “chapstick”, using all-natural ingredients, including soothing Lavender essential oil.

I started with my sister Rebecca’s All-Purpose Healing Salve and tweaked it to make it solid enough to use in a stick form.

Here is the recipe I came up with:

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“Winter Cheeks” Stick


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I could have added other essential oils to this formula…but I really believe in the restorative healing powers of Lavender all by itself. (Be sure you are buying pure, undiluted Lavender.)

And if you are new to essential oils…Lavender is a great one to start with. Not only does Lavender soothe and heal damaged skin, it’s really like a ‘first aid kit in a bottle.’


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Melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm bath, stirring every few minutes until melted. This will take at least 15 min, you want a slow melt.

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After the oils & wax are completely melted, add the Lavender essential oil and stir.

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Using a pipette (or whatever means you can to pour the liquid into the tubes) carefully fill the tubes with the melted liquid. Allow to cool until hardened.

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This batch yielded 8 tubes, one small tin, and a 1 ounce jar (not shown) of my “Winter Cheeks” formula.

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Now tuck one in your bag, your kids’ bags, your desk, your medicine cabinet, etc and you will be ready whenever winter starts to get the better of your skin.

Now if I could just figure out what to do with a bunch of unused chapstick?? :-)


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  1. says

    great recipe.. Thanks for sharing!

    Re: Chapstick — products that are mostly wax will lubricate (like putting wax on a car) but does not moisturize. Worse, they prevent your lips from taking in moisture as the wax seals them up. This is what causes the ‘Chapstick Addiction’ – lips feel good when you put the Chapstick on, but it seals lios up so they cant get moisture from air, water you drink, etc, so your lips actually get drier. (Just like when you wax on a car, it’s so water cant penetrate..it just beads up and rolls off.) Then you put more Chapstick on so it feels better, but the problem just continues. Products that have some wax, but are shea butter, coconut oil based, will FIX the problem by providing moisture to lips, face, hands. Thanks again. Cheers to healthy skin this winter!!

  2. Kelly says

    Do you have any recommendations for essential oils other than lavender? I get nasty headaches whenever I’m around lavender in any form.

    • Gwyn says

      That’s too bad. I know both Frankincense and Geranium are also good for skin. There are others as well.

    • CTY says

      The oil can be left out completely–it may take the skin longer to heal–but at least the skin will be protected from new damage.

    • JR says

      “If someone does not like the fragrance of Lavender it may be due to an internal infection that has not been resolved – see if you like the smell of OnGuard (Thieves/Shield) or Oregano and use it on your feet for a few weeks, then retest the lavender” (Aromatools.com) this worked for me, I thought I was allergic to it as well; I got headaches the same as you, but I tolerate it fine now.

    • Regina Leitz says

      Do you have problems with your adrenals? Person’s who have no adrenals or adrenal problems cannot use lavender. Try myrrh, it is a skin healer.

    • sarah says

      Try twisting the tube so that the chapstick is all the way out, then cut off. Twist back down and use Q-tips to get gunk out. You could also boil them to get more residue off. If you are repurposing tubes, you might face a little residual buildup, but it won’t be that bad.

      New tubes are fairly inexpensive, and they also make wider tubes that might speed up application, too.

      For those of us with problem skin, also consider using tea tree essential oil. It has really helped my acne. I dislike putting beeswax products on my face without the tea tree.

  3. Lesa says

    Thanks Jillee,

    Perfect Timing I will be making some of this this week-end. You and your sister are the greatest.


    • ChrisP says

      I just did a quick search, and you can get them on Amazon. I typed ‘lip balm tubes’ and there are several options there.

    • Cindy says

      E B Honey is the cheapest place I know to buy lip tubes, tins etc. They are also very nice people to deal with and very helpful. Not sure if you have to buy in quantities or if they will sell just a few.