It’s still two days until it’s “technically” autumn, but Calgary clearly missed that memo—our trees have been turning since late August. Along with coarsely knit knee socks, my scarf collection, and this awesome jacket that I bought on sale in May and haven’t had a chance to wear yet, I figure I might as well break out ALL THE PUMPKIN SPICE. I’m no fan of the PSL, but pumpkin pie and I have had a long-standing love affair (and for me it’s really all about the pie, not the whipping cream), and of course that means I’ve turned it into all kinds of pumpkiny things already. Soap, lotion, face masks, and now—Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss. I wanted something with a warm pinkish hue and a hint of shimmer for these cooler days, and here we have it. Aww yeah.

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

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The base of this lip gloss is a blend of glossy castor oil, slippery coconut oil, hydrating lecithin, and vitamin rich (and bright orange!) pumpkin seed oil. I’ve thickened that up with some beeswax to get a soft, glossy consistency.

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

To the base I’ve added a beautiful pigment blend to get a warm, perfect-for-autumn pink pumpkin hue. A blend of carmine and ruddy red iron oxide provide the vast majority of the colour punch, with gold and bronze micas rounding out the blend. I know somebody is going to ask, so before you do, seriously, DO NOT USE RED IRON OXIDE OR BOTANICAL EXTRACTS INSTEAD OF THE CARMINE. Yes, it is made from insects. No, it isn’t vegan. It is also completely irreplaceable as a natural pigment in terms of colour and strength. I’ve included an FD&C alternative if you want to use that, and that’ll give you more or less the same end result. If you use red iron oxide instead the final product will be a reddish brown. If you use botanical extracts they won’t dissolve and will be gritty (they are really impotent as well). Watch this video to see a comparison of those four options.

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

I used a largeish syringe to get the finished pumpkin shimmer lip gloss into some squeezy tubes, and I can’t recommend that approach enough. The squeezy tubes make this lip gloss so much more usable than an open pot, and the syringe makes the filling part fast and easy rather than a slippery, glitter-smeared rage-fest.

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

If you’ve never made lip gloss before, don’t be intimidated—it’s really easy! The hardest part is filling your tubes. It’s weight, melt, whisk, and voila! Happy glossing 😉

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

6g | 0.21oz beeswax
6g | 0.21oz virgin coconut oil
10g | 0.35oz castor oil
16g | 0.56oz pumpkin seed oil
4g | 0.14oz soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin

1/64 tsp red iron oxide (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)
1/16 tsp ground carmine or FD&C Red #7 (watch this video to see why you CANNOT use red iron oxide and expect the same result!)
1/32 tsp bronze mica (optional—can substitute more gold mica instead)
3/32 tsp gold mica

4 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
2 drops CO2 extracted ginger essential oil (this is important—the steam distilled stuff smells like socks. Leave out the ginger EO if you can’t find CO2 extracted.)
1 drop clove bud essential oil
2 “blobsbenzoin essential oil

Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer in a small saucepan.

Weigh the beeswax, coconut oil, castor oil, pumpkin seed oil, and lecithin into a small heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place that measuring cup into the prepared water bath to melt everything through—this’ll take about 20 minutes.

Once all the oils and waxes have melted together, remove them from the heat. I decanted them into a smaller glass bowl/custard cup at this point to speed up the cooling process and to have easier access to the lip gloss. The measuring cup is so much bigger than the amount of lip gloss we’re working with that I find it easier to work with a smaller bowl, but this step is 100% optional.

Stir the lip gloss with a flexible silicone spatula as it cools, breaking up any solid clumps so you end up with a viscous, creamy, uniform mixture—it’ll look a lot like pumpkin puree when it’s cooled.

Once the outside of the container is barely warm to the touch, it’s time to start adding our pigments! You might want to start slow and work up to the amounts I have listed, but I find the final colour blend to be perfect; noticeable, but not overwhelming. Be sure to test on your lips rather than your hands or arms—it makes a big difference! I blended in my pigments with a tiny wire whisk (I ordered this 12 pack from Amazon ’cause I use them all the time for cosmetic making).

When you’ve got a uniform lip gloss in a beautiful hue you’re happy with, whisk in the essential oils. If you have sensitive skin I’d recommend dropping everything except the benzoin down to a single drop, which will give you a lightly spiced, mostly vanilla scent.

Now it’s time to transfer your gloss to your container—for this step I can’t recommend a syringe (without the needle part, of course!) enough if you plan on using anything other than an open jar to store your lip gloss. I used a couple squeezy tubes and a hard tube, and while I’ve filled both with a funnel before, a syringe is SO MUCH NICER. Oh my heavens. Mucho cleaner and easier.

Once you’ve got your containers filled, you’re reading to gloss it up! Because this lip gloss is 100% oil based it should easily last a year or two without any preservatives.

Want to see this lip gloss in action?

Watch Now
(It’s right at the end.)

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

How to Make Pumpkin Shimmer Lip Gloss

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