Introduction: Make Lip Gloss

Keep your kisser soft by making your own lip gloss!

You'll have a blast customizing and remixing the variations on this recipe to find your perfect match. More color, more flavor, more gloss? Go for it! Here are some great suggestions to get you started on your path to lip gloss glory!

This basic recipe without any color or scent is also a great alternative to petroleum jelly. Let's end our dependence on petroleum!

Step 1: Materials

To make your gloss, you'll need:

Basic Ingredients:
  • Wax - beeswax or paraffin - grated or in pearls
  • Carrier oil - castor, sesame, almond, jojoba, sunflower, coconut, olive, etc. - or a combination of the above.

  • Cocoa butter or shea butter
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Flavoring: natural extract, essential oils, or even kool-aid or torani syrup
  • Color: beet juice, lipstick nubs, food coloring, etc.

  • Microwave-proof container
  • Stirring stick (I use chopsticks)
  • Small containers

Step 2: Melt Wax

Add 1 tablespoon of grated wax (I used beeswax pearls) to the microwaveable container.

Melt wax. I nuked mine on high for approx 1 min.

Step 3: Add Oils

Stir in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (I used a mix of jojoba and castor).

At this point, you're done! But I recommend the following to customize your gloss.

Add 1/8 teaspoon vitamin e oil for its multitude of benefits!

Add 1/4 teaspoon cocoa or shea butter to make lips oh so soft.

Step 4: Add Flavor

Add 1/8 teaspoon of your favorite extract or a few drops of essential oils.
I've even seen kool-aid drink mix or flavored syrups recommended.

Make sure if you're using an essential oil that you're aware of its specific dilution suggestions. I forgot to do this with my peppermint oil and when I added orange to that, I created chemical weaponry.

The next batch I made used just orange essence. Yum!!

Step 5: Add Color

I used the rest of my apple-grape juice to color my gloss. What was I thinking? Don't do that.

A bit of your favorite lipstick is your best bet here. It's already ready to go!
Alternatively, you can try food coloring, or even beet juice.

Stir it well.

You may need to reintroduce your concoction to the microwave at this point. Try 30 second intervals on high.

Step 6: Pour Into Containers

If you've used a spouted melting vessel like I have, this part's pretty easy.

If not, or if you're pouring into tubes instead of tins, I recommend using a small funnel or pipette.

This recipe makes enough to fill all of the containers in the picture - perfect for gifting!


Maggie1495 made it!(author)2016-06-07

this is for club kidpruner

bentoboxie made it!(author)2009-12-25

Where would I find beeswax pearls?
Thank you very much for making this instructable.

annie.bertrand.9469 made it!(author)2014-08-01

Try your local Earth Fare or GNC, mine has those by the counter at GNC, and Earth Fare used to carry them. If you don't have an Earth Fare, try any Michaels, Hobby Shop or AC Moore. Those usually have them, too.

cassuccino made it!(author)2010-04-22

You can get beeswax pearls / pastilles at these sites...

You can also do a search for them online.  And you can find them sometimes on ebay and

freakinsmurfy made it!(author)2011-11-06

where can u get the:
the wax
some of the carrrier oils  
vitamin E oil

annie.bertrand.9469 made it!(author)2014-08-01

Go to your local Michaels or AC Moore. They usually have them. Also, for vitamin E and carrier oils, Earth Fare or GNC may have them. If not, check the internet.

Emma456 made it!(author)2010-05-02

Why do you need vitamen e oil?

scoochmaroo made it!(author)2010-05-03

Vitamin e oil has a lot of nice soothing properties.  It's non-essential, but it's a nice addition.

pantryspa made it!(author)2009-07-17

I love this idea! Since you already will have castor oil if you make this recipe, you should try making your own mascara to! Here are the basics: I like to add funky colors of mica powder to make the coolest colors of mascara!

urbanmari made it!(author)2009-07-11

This looks like a fun, rewarding project. Kinda' like making lotion, in that it can be finished in a day. Cool. Just a note that parrafin is a byproduct of petroleum. Another is mineral oil. Thought you'd want to know. Weissensteinburg, let's start some colonies, and don't give them sugar water--it makes them weak. They like to have some sea salt in the water you make available for them. This from my mom who's been hosting bee hives for 5 yrs. And, plant flowers that they like. Are there instructables about beekeeping, I wonder ??

boss_lady made it!(author)2009-07-06

I love your instructables, schoomaroo! I am 'big' on eliminating any personal care product from my regime that includes petroleum product(s), so I really enjoyed this. So few people seem to care that they're absorbing toxic crap through their skin everyday, but I definitely sympathize with the need to keep it thrifty, and this recipe takes care of both!

OliveOyl made it!(author)2009-07-02

I used to make something similar years ago. Beeswax set up firmer, paraffin was softer as I recall. A bit of old lipstick gives a nice tint. I used baby oil--nice scent and it's just mineral oil. Perhaps not food grade, but I never had any trouble with it. Melted the concoction in an old clean glass jar set into a pot of hot water. Stir with a wooden chopstick, then pour into vessel of choice.

scoochmaroo made it!(author)2009-07-03

Sounds awesome!

Ward_Nox made it!(author)2009-07-01

you have a site or sites where you got your supplies?

spockck made it!(author)2009-07-01

my lip gloss is poppin

karossii made it!(author)2009-06-30

I forgot to do this with my peppermint oil and when I added orange to that, I created chemical weaponry.

You should try some tea tree oil and peppermint oil in combination.

scoochmaroo made it!(author)2009-06-30

That's a recipe for permanently burning out all nose hairs.

karossii made it!(author)2009-06-30

Hmm, maybe I should try it; my wife is always on to me to trim those buggers... think it would ruin my mustache too, though?

Weissensteinburg made it!(author)2009-06-30

You are all over these DIY beauty products. Watch your dependence on beeswax, too, though. They may be gone before the oil is.

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