January 27, 2010
I love making my own natural beauty products, especially when I can make them cheaper than buying them. Some might say I’m obsessed with anything DIY, really. If you are too, or are just looking for something to do, or have a gaggle of girls hanging out looking for a fun project, then read on to learn how you can turn a boring day into something exciting by hosting a “make your own lip gloss party” , or with the addition of a few essential oils, you can make it a “make your own super-duper easy lip plumper party”. Try saying that three times fast…..heh, heh.
First, you’ll need to decide on what kind of lip gloss or lip plumper serum you want to make.
If you just want a natural lip gloss that adds moisture and shine to your lips, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients and most you can find around your home.
If you’d rather make yourself a natural lip plumper and add colors and flavors, you’ll only need to add a few essential oils or other simple household items to the gloss base.
It’s so easy and fun, you might want to make it a girls’ day project, or if you’ve got a gaggle of tweens hanging out for a slumber party, this is a great way to get them all together and do something they’ll all enjoy. No matter which you choose, you’ll love the results.
For a simple natural lip gloss all you need are a couple of natural moisturizing oils, some aloe vera gel, and color or flavor (optional), and of course, a container to put it in. I find the easiest way is to use roller-ball bottles for the liquid types as they hold the product well and are fun to use and make application a breeze. You can find these with a simple search on ebay roller bottles, some craft stores, or other online sites. You can also use old lip balm containers (well cleaned) or purchase lip balm pots all over the internet. Check resources at the bottom of the page for suppliers that I’ve found helpful through the years. I’ve literally made hundreds of experiments with lip balms, glosses, and every other beauty product I could think of.
Here’s some of my favorites:
Chocolatey Lip Gloss
1.5 TBL cocoa butter
2-3 chocolate chips
1 Vit. E capsule
Just melt the cocoa butter in a pyrex cup, stir in the chips to melt everything together smoothly, add Vit. E and stir well, then pour into lip balm container pot. Chill in fridge. Eee Zee. If you don’t like finding water droplets on top of your chocolate lip gloss, let stand and cool; then put the lid on.
Cranberry-Red Lip Stain:
1 tsp. cranberry sauce juice
1 TBL. Vaseline
(warm, and mix throughly, store in fridge)
Recipes & Ingredients for easy natural lip gloss:
Basic Lip Gloss:
2 tsp. beeswax
7 tsp. oil (your choice: castor, olive, jojoba, sw. almond)
1 tsp. honey
5 drops e.o. (essential oil of your choice) See Essential Oils Section Below.
Melt wax in pyrex in short bursts in microwave, or use double boiler method by placing 1-2 in. water in pan, add pyrex cup and bring water to boil, this will insure an even melt for your beeswax. I’ve had success both ways, but you’re taking your chances of burning the wax using a microwave as power fluctuates in different types of microwaves. You can easily convert this recipe for a Basic Lip Balm by just adding 1/2 (or .5) tsp. additional beeswax, or more for a harder balm.
The above link will take you to my ehow article on How to Make a Lip Plumper Serum.
Also note the Lip Plumper Serum in that recipe contains capsicum, and other very hot essential oils.
Here’s a simplified version that will make much less than my ehow recipe:
Simple & Natural Lip Plumper Gloss
Melt wax in a pyrex glass measuring cup in short bursts in the microwave. Times depend on the power of your microwave, so don’t walk away from this. Wax can burn and start a fire if not watched, so only use about 5-10 sec. bursts and stir after each attempt until the wax is completely melted. Stir in your oils until everything is blended and warm. Stir in the Vit. E liquid from the capsule. I use a needle to puncture the capsule and squeeze in the liquid. Use two if you can’t get all the vit. e out of the capsule. At this point you can choose if you want to add color, flavor, etc. If you like to use mica for a bit of sparkle, be careful, this stuff goes a long way. A super way to be “green” is to use up the last of your lipsticks. Just get a toothpick and scrape out a little for as much color as you want to add. I also wait to add the essential oils until it’s almost cool so they don’t lose any of their properties by being heated. Stir in the e.o.’s and pour into container.
Some Good Ingredients to Choose From:
Castor oil is in so many lip gloss recipes, probably because it’s best for slip and glide.
Jojoba, olive oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil are great choices and seem to be in almost every recipe you find.
I like to add extra healing and anti-aging properties to my lip products by using emu, evening primrose, rosehip seed oils too. It’s really up to what kind of properties you want your lip gloss to have. In a pinch, you could use sunflower, light olive, vegetable, or whatever you have around and it would work just fine. Granted, using vegetable oil on your lips won’t taste very good, so you’ll have to sweeten it up a bit. To sweeten any gloss or balm recipe, just add a bit of Kool-Aid, Jello, or flavor you want.
honey (optional; to sweeten your gloss)
vit. e capsule (helps to preserve your gloss)
aloe gel (gives nice healing quality to your gloss)
glycerin (also gives a bit of sweetness and glide to your gloss)
Get Carrier Oils
Get Aloe Gel
More Great Resources:
http://www.squidoo.com/lipglossrecipes lots of great recipes
(some only include petroleum jelly and kool-aid, but if you’re keeping it “organic” or “all natural” you might want to steer away from using petroleum products).
http://www.scribd.com/doc/1774/250-Bath-Body-Recipes Book of recipes online
http://www.creativekidsathome.com/activities/activity_40.html kids craft recipes for lip gloss
some of these sound really fun! (i.e. pop rocks?!!)
http://www.bathandbodyrecipes.com/55/lip-gloss-recipes.html Bath & Body recipes; lots of easy lip gloss recipes (lemon, cocoa, butterscotch, etc.)
http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/lipbalm/ Nice blog about how to make your own lip balm/gloss by NotMartha.org
http://www.thesage.com/catalog/LipBalmContainers.html Lip Balm container page (MMS)
http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/searchus.asp lip gloss/balm Flavors (FromNatureWithLove)
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/StoreCategory.aspx?CatalogID=2&GroupID=748&CategoryID=1790&CategoryName=Lip+Products ingredients for lip products Wholesale Supplies Plus
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/StoreCategory.aspx?CatalogID=9&GroupID=303&CategoryID=1976&CategoryName=*+Roll+On+Bottles roll on bottles wholesale supplies plus
http://www.teachsoap.com/recipes.html more recipes at teachsoap.com
http://www.showmomthemoney.com/lip-gloss-recipes/ more lip gloss recipes from showmomthemoney blog
http://www.yoyolipgloss.com/lip-gloss-recipes.html lots and lots of lip gloss recipes from yoyolipgloss.com
http://www.wildroots.com/cosmetic.htm more natural cosmetic recipes from wildroots.com