Make Your Own Lip Gloss
Lip gloss can give your lips shine and color and can protect them from the effects of sun and wind. Lip gloss can taste great too! It's fun and easy to make your own lip gloss. You can make the gloss whatever color and flavor you like, plus you'll know all the ingredients are safe and healthy.
Basic Lip Gloss Recipe
Yes, you can just use a dab of petroleum jelly, but it isn't hard to make a lip gloss that does more than prevent chapped lips. Here's a basic natural lip gloss recipe that feels great on your lips and is great for them.
tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 teaspoons beeswax
10-20 drops jojoba oil
optional - drops of honey or flavoring or vitamin E oil
- Melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax in a double boiler or over hot water.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Stir in the jojoba oil and any additional ingredients.
- Pour the balm into a clean container. Set the lid on top of the container, but slightly ajar to allow any moisture to escape.
- Seal the container once the lip balm has cooled/solidified.
Lip Gloss Ingredients
I've listed some ingredients used in lip gloss recipes that are available online. Feel free to add your own recommendations to the list or to vote ingredients up/down.
Flavored Lip Gloss Recipes
Chocolate Lip Gloss
This lip gloss is soothing, plus it has a yummy scent and flavor.
1-1/2 tsp grated cocoa butter
1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/8 tsp oil of vitamin E (optional)
1/4 tsp grated chocolate or 1-3 chocolate chips
- Mix all of the ingredients in a small microwaveable or heat resistant cup or bowl.
- Heat 1-2 minutes in the microwave or in a double boiler until the mixture is melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Mix well.
- Spoon the gloss into a container.
- Cool completely with the lid resting on the container, but slightly ajar to allow moisture to escape and prevent condensation.
- Seal and label the container.
Tropical Lip Gloss
This lip gloss will drench your lips with moisture. Vitamin E is a natural preservative.
1 teaspoon cocoa butter, grated
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon macadamia nut oil (may substitute almond oil or olive oil)
1 teaspoon light sesame oil
1 teaspoon petroleum jelly (optional: use to make gloss more solid or to add more shine)
- Mix all of the ingredients in a cup or bowl.
- Rest the container inside of a larger container of very hot (not boiling) water.
- Stir the ingredients together until they are melted.
- Pour the mixture into a small container with lid (lip gloss containers are commercially available).
- Smooth the gloss onto lips, either to be worn alone or to add shine over lipstick.
Peppermint Lip Gloss
Peppermint lip gloss is soothing and refreshing. You can substitute spearmint flavor, if you like, or actually any flavor, such as lemon or orange.
2 tablespoons petroleum jelly
1 teaspoon beeswax
10-14 drops peppermint oil
- Melt the petroleum jelly and beeswax in the microwave or over a double boiler.
- Remove the mixture from here and add the peppermint oil.
- Pour the lip gloss into a small container and allow it to cool.
Berry Lip Gloss
Make this gloss with your favorite berry. Berries will impart a natural color to your lips, plus they contain antioxidants to help keep your lips smooth.
10 fresh cranberries or 5 fresh raspberries or blackberries
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 drop vitamin E oil
- Mix the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave 1-2 minutes or until the mixture begins to boil.
- Mash the hot berries.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then strain it through cheesecloth or a sieve to filter out the berry skins and seed.
- Spoon the gloss into small containers and allow it to cool completely.
Vanilla Lip Gloss
This is an easy recipe that uses slightly different ingredients.
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon petroleum jelly
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the ingredients in a small bowl or cup and set this container inside a larger pan of hot water. Stir and melt the ingredients together, then pour the mixture into a lip gloss pot and allow it to cool completely.
Lemon Lip Gloss
Note that you can make this gloss any flavor, depending on the flavoring that you add. Try cherry or orange too.
2 teaspoons grated beeswax
1 teaspoon honey
1 vitamin E oil capsule
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
6 drops of lemon flavoring
Melt the beeswax. Stir in the honey, vitamin E, and aloe vera. Add the almond and lemon flavorings.
Honey Lime Lip Gloss
2 teaspoons grated beeswax
7-8 teaspoons sweet almond oil (or jojoba oil)
1 vitamin E capsule
1 teaspoon honey
5 drops lime essential oil or flavoring
Melt together the beeswax and almond or jojoba oil. Open the vitamin E capsule and stir in the contents. Add the honey and flavoring. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss pot and allow it to cool.
Glossed Lip Image: BelÃ©n, morguefile.com
Helpful Lip Gloss Tip
To help prevent contamination of your gloss or moisture forming drops on the surface, set the lid ajar on top of the cooling gloss pot. Seal the lid after the gloss has completely cooled.
Lip Gloss Videos
These YouTube videos explain how to make your own lip gloss.
Super Simple Lip Gloss Recipes
Quick and Easy Recipes for Soft Shiny Lips
These recipes are quick! One quick way to melt the petroleum jelly is to nuke it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Otherwise, you can melt it in a plastic baggie placed in a cup of hot water. Mix the other ingredient(s) in with the melted petroleum jelly and then pour the mixture into lip gloss pots and let it cool.
Honey Lip Gloss
3 tablespoons petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline)
1 teaspoon honey
Cocoa Lip Gloss
pinch of cocoa, sweetened or unsweetened
Berry Lip Gloss
pinch of sweetened drink crystals (stawberry, raspberry, blueberry, etc.)
couple drops of oil of peppermint
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Colored Lip Gloss Recipes
Lip Gloss with a Hint of Color
This group of recipes will give you lip gloss that adds color to your lips. You can go with the usual red, pink, coral, brown, or berry colors or you can be adventurous! Actually, you can add a bit of colored lipstick or soft drink mix to any recipe on this page to create colored gloss.
Lipgloss from Your Favorite Lipstick
If you have a lipstick you love, you can make lipgloss from it.
1/2 teaspoon lipstick
1 teaspoon grated beeswax
1/2 teaspoon petroleum jelly
4-6 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
2 drops vitamin E from a vitamin E capsule (optional)
Mix the lipstick, beeswax, and petroleum jelly in a small bowl. Melt the ingredients together either by setting this bowl in a larger bowl of very hot water or by microwaving it for a few seconds. Stir in the peppermint oil and vitamin E. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss pot and allow it to cool.
Kool-Aid Lip Gloss
Have you ever colored your lips and tongue blue drinking blue Kool-Aid? This lip gloss works on the same principle, except you may prefer a flavor like strawberry, cherry, or black cherry over the blue color... or not. Have fun! This particular lipgloss is easy and safe enough to let young kids make.
1 tablespoon Kool-Aid or other sweetened instant flavored drink mix (if you use the unsweetened type, then use a lot less and maybe add a bit of honey as a sweetener)
2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
Mix the ingredients together and spoon the mixture into a lip gloss pot.
Lip Gloss Made from Roses
What a wonderful way to keep and use roses from a special event! This gloss will bear the color of the dried petals and the scent of roses.
2 tablespoons grated beeswax
1 tablespoon coconut oil
dried rose petals, crushed and ground into a powder
5 drops rose essential oil
You can powder dried rose petals by grinding them with a mortar and pestle or by processing them in a spice mill or coffee grinder. Melt the beeswax and coconut oil together, either in a microwave or over a double boiler. Mix in the rose petals and rose oil. You could add a drop of vitamin E if you like. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss pot and allow it to cool.
Lip Image: Sabaldeu, Wikipedia Commons
Lip Gloss Kit
If you can't find all the materials for lip gloss, you can get a kit so you can make several different types of lip gloss from one package.
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anonymous on February 06, 2013:
Thanks for mentioning my book, Natural Beauty Recipes, best wishes, Sidra Shaukat
ps, Coconut oil on it's own is a great lip gloss and either under or over lipstick
oiloflife on November 06, 2012:
Thanks for the great information. I am going to try.
anonymous on July 31, 2012:
is this lip balm or lip gloss
anonymous on February 24, 2012:
You said to get Jojoba Oil for the Basic Lipgloss thing, does it matter what sort of jojoba oil? (a.k.a. skin care jojoba oil, jojoba hair oil?
anonymous on February 06, 2012:
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Bella Stella on April 06, 2011:
Wow! Fantastic tips!!! I will try some of them and I will come back with my questions. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.
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lemonsqueezy lm on September 21, 2010:
Our Girl Scouts made their own lip gloss with vaseline and drops of candy flavoring. I kept one for myself... cherry flavor.
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anonymous on August 26, 2010:
Cool but i wanna know if since u can use any flavor can u also use leaves and spices? eg: Cinnamin sticks grated with lemon juice and honey? Or tea leaves?
anonymous on August 17, 2010:
your lip gloss recipes inspred me to make my own!!! i made a PANCAKE lipgloss!! i used 1/4 teaspoon of crushed graham cracker, 1 1/2 tablespoon of crisco, about 6 or 7 drops of vanilla and a few drizzles of maple syrup! its smells awesome, looks and feels great!!!
anonymous on March 13, 2010:
thanx wat ever
anonymous on February 19, 2010:
@anonymous: I was just thinking how "natural" and safe petroleum jelly and koolaid are.
Do you know petroleum jelly is a by-product of the processing of crude oil into gasoline, plastic, and other crap that is generally accepted as NOT safe for human consumption? Putting it on your lips seems beyond foolish, as this is some of the thinnest skin in your body, in addition to being impossible to avoid ingesting through your mouth. The petroleum industry has fooled us into thinking this garbage is safe to apply to our skin (even babies' bottoms!), because they can't afford to dispose of it responsibly, as the environmental waste it really is. By convincing us it is safe, they can profitably slip it into all kinds of commercial skin care products. Double win for them. Double lose for us.
anonymous on February 03, 2010:
hahah tanx dey rele helpd me!! xxxxxxx
anonymous on January 06, 2010:
Cool, This info is for my science expierement, now i think i will use them for my self too!
anonymous on October 30, 2009:
u must embrace your inner child so you will never grow old.
anonymous on October 21, 2009:
Thank you very much for these recipes! My daughters and I go through so many tubes of lip gloss, I ought to own stocks in Bonne Bell.
We'll definitely try one of these recipes soon.
anonymous on September 26, 2009:
add petrleum jelly with Kolaid. it works well
anonymous on September 20, 2009:
these r gr8t!!!!!!!! i wnt have to spend a dime on lip gloss again and the best thing is tht u can sell the gloss too!!!!!!!!!!!!!
anonymous on August 28, 2009:
I think this site is really cool but it would be nice if there were recipes with stuff that normal people have in their house.
anonymous on August 22, 2009:
Wow I do not care for childish things like lip gloss.
anonymous on August 09, 2009:
Dang!!! They us complicated stuff!! But Oh well!
anonymous on August 05, 2009:
You can buy Beeswax blocks 1 LB at amazon.com for $6.50 or Murrays Beeswax 3.5 OZ jar by Murrays $2.69
Valu LM on July 23, 2009:
Excellent. I will try to make it on my own and there will be no need to buy a new one. Very good advice, before I did not even know that it is possible to make your own lopgloss.
anonymous on July 01, 2009:
i don't have the ingredients, but i want to try it
DreamsFulfilled on May 29, 2009:
It's easier than I thought!
anonymous on May 18, 2009:
i can't find beeswax anywhere!?! I checked Micheal's, Albertson's, Trader Joes and umm rite aid... Oh and the Vitamin shop includin walgreens
anonymous on May 15, 2009:
well i want to try it but i don't have the ingredients
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Great lens, I love the variety of the recipes.
Wendy Henderson from PA on January 04, 2009:
Very cool. I never thought about making my own lip gloss.