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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!
 
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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.

Optional:
  • 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.

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

Step 2: Melt wax

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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

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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

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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

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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.
where can u get the:
the wax
some of the carrrier oils  
vitamin E oil
Emma4564 years ago

Why do you need vitamen e oil?
 
scoochmaroo (author)  Emma4564 years ago
Vitamin e oil has a lot of nice soothing properties.  It's non-essential, but it's a nice addition.
bentoboxie4 years ago
Where would I find beeswax pearls?
Thank you very much for making this instructable.
You can get beeswax pearls / pastilles at these sites...
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/wax/wax.php#wa_bee_p
http://www.gardenofwisdom.com/catalog/item/4040340/3856212.htm
http://www.texasnaturalsupply.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=BWPW

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

pantryspa5 years ago
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: http://www.pantryspa.com/free-recipe/enchanting-eyes/natural-clear-mascara/76/index.html I like to add funky colors of mica powder to make the coolest colors of mascara!
urbanmari5 years ago
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_lady5 years ago
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!
OliveOyl5 years ago
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 (author)  OliveOyl5 years ago
Sounds awesome!
Ward_Nox5 years ago
you have a site or sites where you got your supplies?
spockck5 years ago
my lip gloss is poppin
karossii5 years ago
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 (author)  karossii5 years ago
That's a recipe for permanently burning out all nose hairs.
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?
You are all over these DIY beauty products. Watch your dependence on beeswax, too, though. They may be gone before the oil is.