In the spirit of doing pretty much everything myself, regardless of added difficulty to my life, I also make my own homemade lip gloss (though it really isn’t difficult at all). I’m well aware that you can purchase lip gloss made for pretty much any price you care to name, from a 99¢ Lip Smackers that smells like soda pop and candy, to north of the $50 mark with stuff that probably isn’t much different from the $5 stuff. Not that I’d know anything about $50 lip gloss other than what the packaging looks like.


How to Make Homemade lip gloss

This is my own recipe, and I’m pretty pleased with it. Unlike many glosses that tend to vampire the moisture out of your lips, this one provides a great dose of moisture and shine. You can adjust the viscosity of the gloss by tweaking the amount of beeswax by a gram or two, but I’d recommend making at least one batch of this recipe before messing with anything.


How to Make Homemade lip gloss


Homemade Lip Gloss

5g | 0.17oz beeswax (USA / Canada)
12g | 0.42oz virgin coconut oil
33g | 1.16oz castor oil (USA / Canada)
15g | 0.53oz jojoba oil (USA / Canada)
5g | 0.17oz kukuinut oil
2g | 0.07oz Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
5g | 0.17oz vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada)
20 drops peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada)
Micas, for colour (optional)

Melt the beeswax and oils together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Fill a shallow roasting pan with some ice and ice water, and place the saucepan into it. Whisk the oils until they’re no longer liquid, but soft soft and semi-opaque. This will happen pretty quickly since we’re working with such a small amount.

Take the saucepan out of the water bath and add the vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada). Whisk vigorously to incorporate the glycerin into the melted oils. Add essential oils to scent, and micas, if using.

Decant into squeezy tubes or hard tubes with a wand lid (a syringe or funnel helps greatly here), and enjoy!


Notes as of February 2020

  • I highly recommend scaling this DIY down as it currently makes ~77g of lip gloss, which is an insane amount og lip gloss! I have instructions on how to do that here.
  • Because I did make such a large batch of this in 2011 I’m able to report on how long it lasted and was stable. I kept this gloss until early 2017 (5.5 years-ish) and it never seperated (despite the inclusion of water-soluble vegetable glycerin and no emulsifier) and never showed any signs of microbial spoilage.
  • If you’re looking for substitutions, please look up the ingredients in the Humblebee & Me DIY Encyclopedia.
  • This DIY could be simplified by using all of either jojoba or kukuinut oil—you could also use a different lightweight liquid oil in place of either or both.

How to Make Homemade lip gloss