This soft, sparkly Winter Wonderland lip gloss has a lovely champagne hue in the tube, but goes on sheer with a hit of shimmer and a hint of sparkle. It’s also a bit thicker than some of my previous lip glosses, as per some reader requests, meaning it sticks around longer, helping keep your lips protected and hydrated (and also just a wee bit looking like you kissed a unicorn). It smells like soft, minty awesomeness—in short, it’s winter perfection.
A blend of slippery coconut oil, glossy castor oil, and rich meadowfoam seed oil form the base of this gloss, with added beeswax to thicken it to a thick, creamy consistency. I’ve included a hint of lecithin for its softening, moisturising, and antioxidizing qualities. The lecithin is also what gives this gloss its characteristic champagne hue in the tube, since lecithin is a deep orangish-yellow.
To bring that winter wonderland-y goodness, I’ve used a blend of white-silver mica and glitter. The mica gives us a subtle, low-level shimmer, so I’ve used more of that, while the glitter brings some proper snowdrift-in-the-sun sort of sparkle. Make sure you’re choosing cosmetic grade glitter—don’t just raid the craft box for this project! You could also branch out to some other wintry glitter colours—TKB has a rainbow of glitters large enough to make your head spin! I used a white-silver one, but a cool blue or a soft pink could also be downright lovely.
The choice of meadowfoam seed oil helps this gloss be a bit thicker and richer, making it a great choice for drier winter days as it’ll stick around longer than thinner lip glosses, helping lock in moisture and keep lips soft and happy. It also makes this Winter Wonderland Lip Gloss a fantastic choice for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers!
Winter Wonderland Lip Gloss
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
Weigh the beeswax, coconut oil, castor oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and lecithin into a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Place that measuring cup into your prepared water bath to melt everything through—that’ll take about 20 minutes.
Once everything has melted through, stir the mixture with a flexible silicone spatula and remove the measuring cup from the water bath. Dry it off, and then blend in the titanium dioxide, mica, and glitter. Once the mixture is uniform, add the essential oils and stir to combine.
With this particular lip gloss I was able to easily pour it directly into a couple squeezy lip gloss tubes, just using the pouring spout on my Pyrex measuring cup. Depending on how quickly you work, the temperature of your kitchen, and the size of the opening of your containers, you may also want to consider using a large syringe to do your filling—it can be a total game-changer if pouring just is not happening.
Once you’ve got your containers filled, you’re reading to gloss it up! Because this Winter Wonderland lip gloss is 100% oil based it should easily last a year or two without any preservatives.
Want to learn more about these ingredients, including information on substitutions and where to buy them? Check out their entries in the Humblebee & Me Encyclopedia!