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.
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.
Homemade Lip Gloss
5g | 0.17oz beeswax
12g | 0.42oz virgin coconut oil
33g | 1.16oz castor oil
15g | 0.53oz jojoba oil
5g | 0.17oz kukuinut oil
2g | 0.07oz vitamin E oil
5g | 0.17oz vegetable glycerin
20 drops peppermint essential oil
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 glycerin. Whisk vigorously to emulsify the water-based glycerin into the melted oils. Add essential oils to scent, and micas, if using.