This lip gloss is made with all natural and non toxic ingredients. Learn how to make lip gloss at home with safe ingredients.
Homemade lip gloss has been on my list of things to try for a very long time. I was intimated at first since I knew I’d need to emulsify oils with a wax base, but the project was much easier than I thought.
Much like homemade lip balm, lip gloss is made with melting oils and waxes together to create a glossy texture that smoothly goes on lips.
The first two recipes I tried worked well on my lips but didn’t have the shiny gloss look that you get from store-bought lip gloss. However, after experimenting, I found that I achieved a glossy texture using castor oil as a base.
This homemade lip gloss will leave your lips soft and moisturized, and also very glossy!
How To Make Lip Gloss
Ingredients: You will need 15 ml of castor oil, 5 ml of fractionated coconut oil, 2.5g of wax, and 1 ml of vitamin e oil.
Directions: To make your own lip gloss, you will need to measure out all the ingredients first. Then, melt the wax over a double boiler (you can also microwave the wax for 30-60 seconds, or until melted). Once the wax is melted, mix in the castor oil, fractionated coconut oil, and vitamin e oil. Finally, stir vigorously to mix the melted wax and oils together.
Next, use a pipet to pour the mixture into the gloss container or glass roll-on bottle. I used both bottles but preferred to use the lip gloss container as the wand applies the lip gloss better on the lips than the roll-on.
About The Ingredients
- Castor Oil: Castor oil is a thick oil that’s moisturizing and soothing to the skin. Because it’s so thick, it is best to use it with other carrier oils.
- Fractionated Coconut Oil: Unscented and rich in medium-chain fatty acids, this versatile carrier oil is perfect for skin-care products.
- Beeswax: Beeswax is naturally hydrating and increases essential moisture in the skin. Commonly found in hand and body creams, beeswax helps to retain natural skin moisture. Emulsifying wax can be used instead of beeswax in this recipe.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E oil is excellent for preventing rancidity in cosmetics, and it also acts as an anti-oxidant in creams, lotions, baby products, and cosmetics.
Essential Oils for DIY Lip Gloss
Below are some of my favorite essential oils to use in this homemade lip gloss recipe. Essential oils should only be 1% of the formula:
- Peppermint (3-5 drops or 1% of recipe)
- Lavender (3-5 drops or 1% of recipe)
- Vanilla & Lavender (1-3 drops of each, or 1% of recipe)
- Orange Essential Oil (3-5 drops or 1% of recipe)
How To Make Tinted Lip Gloss
Make naturally tinted gloss by adding food source pigments like cocoa powder, hibiscus powder, or beetroot powder to your lip gloss base.
- Light Brown Color: Add 3 grams of cocoa powder to 15 ml of the base recipe. Mix well before pouring into a lip gloss container. Add a sprinkle of mica powder or glitter to give this lipstick a shimmery tint!
- Pink Tinted Color: Add 3 grams of hibiscus powder to 15 ml of the base recipe. Mix well before pouring into a lip gloss container.
- Bright Pink/Red Color: Add 3 grams of beetroot powder to 15 ml of the base recipe. Mix well before pouring into a lip gloss container.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I use instead of castor oil? You may substitute any carrier oil in place of the castor oil. However, you will not achieve the thick glossy look of traditional lip gloss without castor oil.
- What can I use in place of coconut oil? Other liquid carrier oils like olive oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil work in place fractionated coconut oil.
- What’s the shelf life of this lip gloss? This gloss is shelf-stable and will last up to 6 months.
- What preservative can I use to extend the shelf life of this prodcut? I haven’t personally used a preservative in this recipe, but Geogard ECT would be my choice. This preservative should be .6-1% of the formula.
Equipment & Ingredients
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- Digit Food Scale
- Double Boiler
- Pipette (for pouring into containers)
- Lip Gloss Container or Glass Roller Bottle
A scale is needed to measure the oils and wax properly for this recipe. I suggest using a digital scale like this one. I use castor oil, fractionated coconut oil, and beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs.
DIY Lip Gloss Recipe
Learn how to make lip gloss with this easy DIY, made with natural ingredients like castor oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. This recipe will fill two 15 ml lip gloss containers.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2 15 ml lip gloss 1x
- Category: DIY
- 15 ml Castor Oil
- 5 ml Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 1 ml Vitamin E Oil
- 2.5 grams Beeswax or Emulsifying Wax
- 3 grams Cocoa Powder, Hibiscus Powder, or Beetroot Powder ((optional))
- Start by measuring out all the ingredients first.
- Then, melt the wax over a double boiler (you can also microwave the wax for 30-60 seconds, or until melted).
- Once the wax is melted, mix in the castor oil, fractionated coconut oil, and vitamin e oil.
- Stir vigorously to mix the melted wax and oils together. If you're adding pigment or mica, add it to the warm melted oils/wax and mix well.
- Pour the mixture into a lig gloss container or roll-on bottle. I used both bottles but preferred to use the lip gloss container as the wand applies the lip gloss better on the lips than the roll-on.
- Calories: 1