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The Best Ways to Make Homemade Lip Gloss

by Kimbry Parker

If lip gloss is a permanent fixture on your pucker, you’re probably spending a pretty penny to fund your gloss addiction. Cut costs and use a product that’s all-natural by making your own homemade lip gloss. You can customize the gloss with the flavor and color you choose, too. Just pour it into some empty lip-balm tubes -- which you can buy online -- or fill up your old, clean lip-gloss containers with the new, homemade stuff. You’ll still have a perfectly glossed pout -- you'll just be dodging the chemicals.

Lickable Minty Lip Gloss

Pour 2 1/2 ounces of coconut oil into a glass measuring cup. Add 2 ounces of beeswax and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vitamin-E oil.

Fill a saucepan half full with water and bring it to a boil. Place the glass measuring cup in the pot of boiling water. Stir the ingredients in the measuring cup constantly with a spoon until the ingredients liquefy.

Stir in 15-25 drops of peppermint essential oil. You can use more or less, depending on how strong you want the flavor. Smell the mixture as you’re adding the oils to find a balance you like.

Pour the mixture into empty, clean lip-balm tubes or containers. Use a plastic pipette to effectively transfer the liquid from the glass measuring cup into the tubes or containers. Let the lip gloss set for one hour to cool down completely.

Sweet-As-Candy Lip Gloss

Grate a cube of paraffin wax onto a piece of wax paper. Measure 1/2 teaspoon of grated wax and place it in a plastic zippered bag.

Add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of petroleum jelly to the bag. Add 2 candy melt pellets of your choice to give the gloss a sweet flavor -- vanilla, strawberry and peppermint are all good options for lip gloss. Zip the bag shut, squeezing out the excess air as you close it.

Place the zipped bag into a bowl of hot tap water and leave it there for five to 10 minutes, or until all the ingredients melt.

Take the bag out of the water. Massage the outside of the bag with your hands to mix up the ingredients.

Cut a small slit in one corner of the bag with a pair of scissors. Squeeze the lip gloss from the bag into tubes or containers. Place the containers in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool.

Items you will need
  • 2 1/2 ounces coconut oil
  • Glass measuring cup
  • 2 ounces beeswax
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vitamin-E oil
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • 15 to 25 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Empty lip-balm tubes or containers
  • Plastic pipette
  • Cheese grater
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated paraffin wax
  • Plastic zippered bag
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons petroleum jelly
  • 2 candy melt pellets (optional)
  • Bowl
  • Scissors

Tips

  • If you want to add color to your lip gloss, mix in some shavings from your favorite lipstick. Do this while the mixture is in the process of melting over the hot water so the shavings melt.
  • You can replace peppermint oil with any flavored oil of your choice to customize your lip gloss to your liking.
  • You can purchase empty lip-balm tubes online and at some craft stores, or clean out your old lip-gloss containers -- not the tubes, which can't be reused -- and use them to store your homemade lip gloss.
  • Candy melts are sold at most craft stores, or in the baking sections of most large retailers.

Photo Credits

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