How to make easy DIY lip gloss without beeswax or any wax at all. You only need a few all natural ingredients like coconut oil, vitamin E oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to scent it. This homemade lip gloss makes a great gift too!
My girls are at the age where they like to put on some lip gloss on before church. Its a fun little thing that makes them feel grown up without wearing actual make up.
Since kids tend to lick their lips when they have a product on, I like to make our own homemade lip balm and gloss. Its super easy and makes a fun craft to do with my girls!
You only need two ingredients to make this recipe! A carrier oil like shea, sweet almond, coconut oil or jojoba. And vitamin E oil. Both ingredients naturally hydrate and heal your lips leaving them looking plump and shiny.
You don’t have to make a clear lip gloss though! To color it you can add a pinch of a natural pigment that most suits your skin tone. You can also scent (and flavor, for those of us who lick our lips a lot) your gloss with essential oils.
Have you tried making homemade strawberry lip balm yet?
Homemade lip gloss makes a great party favor, Valentine’s Day gift or Mother’s Day gift too!
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Why You’ll Like Making Your Own Lip Gloss
all natural ingredients
No worrisome chemicals in this lip gloss making it a great choice for kids and those with sensitive skin types to use.
easy to make
You can whip up enough lip gloss to last a good long time in just 15 minutes!
It only costs a few dollars worth of ingredients to make. That’s a fraction of the cost of store-bought natural lip gloss! It might seem pricey the first time you make homemade cosmetic products, but it only takes a little bit of each ingredient, leaving you with plenty leftover to make several more batches!
Both of the ingredients in this natural lip gloss are hydrating and healing for dry lips.
easy to customize
You can naturally color and scent this lip gloss to your taste or leave it clear and scent free if you like! I like to use pink rose clay and lavender essential oil for a mild smelling pink gloss.
What You Need To Make Lip Gloss Without Wax
- almond oil – sweet almond oil has healing and moisturizing properties that make it a great ingredient for healthy DIY lip gloss recipes. Jojoba oil and olive oil are good substitutes if that’s what you have on hand.
- vitamin E oil – vitamin E oil promotes and speed up skin cell repair when your lips are chapped or peeling. It’s thick and oily, giving your lips the glossy and plump look you want when you use lip gloss.
- food grade essential oil (optional) – you can scent and flavor your homemade lip gloss naturally using a few drops of food grade essential oils!
- natural cosmetic grade pigments (optional) – This lip gloss can be made without being tinted if you want a clear finished product. But you can also color it with different natural ingredients:
- mica powder
- beetroot powder
- cocoa powder
- hibiscus powder
- pink rose clay (I use this in my honey oatmeal soap too!)
- bowl and whisk – to mix the ingredients together with. If you have an immersion blender, that would be the best thing to use since the pigment doesn’t mix with the oil easily.
- funnel or eye dropper – to help pour the gloss mixture into the little bottles without making a mess.
- roller ball containers – roller bottles are the best containers to apply lip gloss without wax. Because this recipe doesn’t have any wax in it, it’s more runny than squeezable types of lip gloss. I like this set of clear roller ball bottles come with a funnel and dropper.
How To Make DIY Lip Gloss Without Wax
Mix – Combine the ingredients together in a small bowl. Whisking until they are completely combined and the mixture is smooth.
Pour – Using a small funnel or an eye dropper, carefully pour the mixture into the roller ball bottles making sure not to let it overflow. It only takes a little bit of the gloss mixture to fill each bottle, so take it slow!
Replace The Lids – Carefully screw the lids on your roller bottles. Wipe the outsides to clean off any oil that might have dripped or overflowed.
Tips For Success:
To Use – Apply lip gloss as often as you like by rolling it across your lips until you feel like you have enough on.
To Store – Store homemade lip gloss at room temperature, out of direct sunlight for up to one year.
Variations – Use different essential oils to scent this recipe. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, lavender and vanilla are recommended for homemade lip products.
Substitutions – Jojoba oil, fractioned coconut oil or olive oil make good substitutes for the almond oil in this recipe.
FAQ About Making Lip Gloss Without Wax
Does Lip Gloss Need a Preservative?
Because there isn’t any water in this recipe, it doesn’t need a preservative. It will be fine stored at room temperature for up to a year!
How Can You Tint Lip Gloss Naturally?
This recipe doesn’t have to be tinted and can be used clear. But it’s really fun to color your lip gloss different shades!
There are several natural ingredients you can use to tint your lip gloss:
- mica powder – comes in a variety of colors!
- beetroot powder – dark pink/red
- cocoa powder – brown
- pink rose clay – light coral pink
- hibiscus powder – pink
Add powdered colorings one pinch at a time until you get the shade you’re looking for. You can mix these ingredients too if you want to get even more creative!
Can you use essential oils in lip gloss?
You don’t have to add essential oils to your lip balm but if you do, it’s important to know which oils and how many drops are safe to use on your lips.
Essential oils should never be used directly on the skin without being mixed with a carrier oil first. This lip gloss calls for 1/2 cup of almond oil as a carrier oil, so it’s safe to add 30 drops of essential oils.
What essential oils are safe for lip balm and lip gloss?
It’s best to use essential oils that are gentle and not too harsh for the sensitive skin on your lips. Avoid “hot essential oils” like cinnamon, clove and ginger since these oils are too harsh to apply to your face. Using these oils can lead to a skin irritation or rash if they aren’t diluted properly.
I like to use food grade essential oils in homemade lip balm and lip gloss since it’s almost impossible to keep from ingesting even the smallest amount since you’re applying it so close to your mouth.
Here are some essential oils that are safe to use in DIY lip care:
My favorite way to scent lip gloss is to use a combination of vanilla and either orange or grapefruit.
What Is the best container to use for lip gloss?
If your lip gloss recipe calls for beeswax or candelilla wax, the finished product will be thick and squeezable. You can make it in squeeze tubes, stainless steel lip balm tins or small glass containers.
Thinner lip gloss, like this recipe that doesn’t call for any wax, work best in roller ball bottles. You can apply the lip gloss by rolling it across your lips without having to use your fingers to apply it.
More Homemade Body Products On The Blog:
If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy these other homemade skincare products on the blog!
- DIY Beeswax Lip Balm
- Homemade Honey Oatmeal Soap – With Pink Clay
- Homemade Make-Up Remover Wipes
- DIY Lavender Body Butter
- Handmade Orange Lip Balm
I hope you love this recipe for homemade lip gloss without wax! If you make it, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like using it!
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