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How to Make Lip Gloss [2010-07-12]

Making homemade lip gloss can be a fun and rewarding activity to do by yourself or even to share with your kids or friends. By making homemade lip gloss, you can ensure the final product is exactly the texture and consistency you want, with your favorite combination of ingredients. You can use nourishing oils that will keep your lips soft and healthy, and add your favorite flavors and even a touch of color if you like.

Homemade lip gloss ingredients

Lip gloss can be made very simply and quickly by combining a bit of lipstick with petroleum jelly. But if you want to avoid petroleum products, or would like a smoother, more pleasing texture than petroleum jelly offers, there are many other ingredients to give you an all-natural, nourishing base for your homemade lip gloss. Popular, natural ingredients for homemade lip gloss that are also good for your lips include:

-almond oil
-safflower or sunflower oil
-cocoa butter
-vitamin E oil
All these, either alone or combined (vitamin E oil should be used sparingly and combined with other ingredients), provide a high-quality start for your homemade lip gloss. Common secondary ingredients for homemade lip gloss include:
-cocoa powder
-essential oils
-aloe vera gel
-coconut oil

Add these to the base ingredients for additional nourishment, protection, and flavor.

Homemade lip gloss recipes

By mixing and matching the above ingredients, you can invent any number of custom blends to match your needs and skin type. Below are some basic, simple recipes for homemade lip gloss to get you started.

-Basic Beeswax Lip Gloss Combine
Mix 2 parts beeswax with 7 parts almond oil. Melt in a microwave (carefully) or double boiler. After the base ingredients are blended, add one part honey. Add a few drops of essential oil, such as peppermint, citrus, or another flavor.

-Chocolate Lip Gloss Melt
Mix together 3 parts cocoa butter with a small amount of vitamin E oil. Blend with cocoa powder for a chocolatey gloss. Try mixing beeswax with other oils, and in different proportions, for a variety of textures. Bear in mind that beeswax is more solid than other bases, and will probably need to be mixed with softer or liquid oils to work well.

How to make flavored lip gloss

The easiest way to make flavored lip gloss is to add a few drops of essential oil to your blended base ingredients. Essential oils are readily available in most health food stores and come in a variety of flavors. Peppermint is a popular option, as are citrus oils. Eucalyptus oil can produce a medicated lip balm. With all flavors, use very small amounts. Essential oils are extremely concentrated, so build up from a drop or two until you get the concentration of flavor you want.

The best thing about homemade lip gloss is that you can invent your own, custom combination that treats your lips better than any commercial lip gloss ever could, because it’s been formulated just for you.