We’re totally making our own lip gloss! We’re scenting them. We’re tinting them. We’re putting them in little rectangular metal containers with sliding lids!
I’m not very crafty. I can latch-hook (three of you know what that is), and make a pretty amazing lanyard keychain. That’s about it for my craft skills. Luckily, making lip balm is more like stirring together a recipe than it is like doing complicated things with yarn.
I’m pretty proud of these lip glosses. I’ve already taken the liberty of patting myself on the back several times. Really all I did was stir together oils and beeswax over simmering water. With some bold colors, pretty smells, and clever packaging, these lip glosses are totally part of my gifting repertoire this year. Let me show you how easy it is! For real.
Original photography shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. The filmmaker’s camera.
I used some pretty simple ingredients: organic beeswax pastilles (pictured in the middle), sweet almond oil, olive oil (the deep green kind straight from the kitchen), coconut oil (also from the kitchen), essential oils for fragrance, powdered pink blush for color, and deep purple lipstick (that I totally can’t wear on its own) for bold color.
Helpful links and recipe instructions to follow.
Here’s what you’ll need!
Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Herby and head clearing
Peppermint Essential Oil – Enlivening and expected
Sweet Orange Essential Oil – Happiness inducing
(I used a mixture of all three essential oils for my lip gloss)
Powdered Pink Blush – Heck yea, we can! You might consider any sort of brightly colored drugstore powdered blush.
Deep Purple Lipstick – Oh you know it! You might also consider a big, bright drugstore lip shade.
Lip Gloss Vessels:
Metal Bowls – We’re mixing all of our ingredients in a metal bowl over a double boiler. Though all of these ingredients are safe to put on your face, I found that I wanted to use a bowl that didn’t come from (and have to go back to) my kitchen. Dedicated lip gloss mixing bowls are a good investment. You may also find that thoroughly cleaning the cooling wax out of the bowl is challenging. Having a dedicated wax bowl is helpful.
Disposable Spoons – For spooning the warm lip gloss into the lip tins or dishes.
Super Hot Water – Boil a pot of water. It will help when it comes time to clean the metal bowl of waxy lip gloss
Kitchen Sponges – You may not want to use your dish sponge to clean the lip gloss bowl. Grab a new one!
DIY: Homemade Lip Gloss
2 tablespoons organic white beeswax pastilles
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 drops eucalyptus oil
2 drops peppermint oil
2 drops sweet orange oil
1/2 teaspoon powdered pink plush or 1/4 teaspoon deep purple lipstick (You can use a pit of any powdered blush or lipstick color you desire to tint your lip gloss.)
Place a medium saucepan with two inches of water over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Place beeswax, almond oil, coconut oil, and olive oil in a metal bowl over the simmering water. Stir until melted and thoroughly combined.
Add the essential oils if using. Stir.
If you’re not adding any color, turn off the heat and carefully spoon the lip gloss into small tins. Allow to cool completely before placing the lids on!
If you’re adding color, stir in the color into the warm lip gloss mixture until dissolved or melted. Spoon into small tins and let cool completely before placing the lids on.
If you’re making plain lip gloss and two colors, spoon one third of the plain gloss into prepared tins. Divide the remaining lip gloss mixture into two metal bowls. Into one bowl add the pink blush. Into the other bowl add the purple lipstick. Stir until dissolved and melted. Spoon into small tins and let cool completely before placing the lids on.
If the lipgloss begins to harden in the bowl while you’re still working with it, simply place it back over the simmering water and stir until dissolved once again.