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How to Make Lavish Homemade Lip Gloss

How to Make Lavish Homemade Lip Gloss

Making homemade lip gloss can lead to amazing results. Not only can you create your perfect shade, but you’re in control of what ingredients are used, and you can make gorgeous lip gloss that is also incredibly moisturizing. 

There’s nothing worse than having dry, chapped, lips – especially during wintertime. I know some people who completely avoid putting a gloss on their lips during the winter months because it ends up drying and making their lips cracked. Not the cute look they intended.

I made a few batches of this lip gloss to give to them, and they absolutely loved it. That’s because I intentionally used ingredients which would moisturize the lips, while also causing a beautiful, glossy effect. 

So, we all know that lip gloss is a vital for any make-up kit, and you can buy lip gloss pretty much anywhere. Whether you want to spend 50 dollars at the makeup counter, or $1 at the dollar store, there are options that fit everyone’s budget. With that said, there’s nothing quite as amazing, and powerful, as making your own make-up. It’s incredibly easy, personalized, and it can make incredible gifts.

Plus, the amount that you can make in one sitting will put you off buying lip gloss for life – it’s incredibly cheap, and your lips will be glowing! 

The ingredients you use are completely up to you, whether you want synthetic, or natural. In the recipe I share today, I’m focusing on natural ingredients. That’s because these are generally more accessible for people to find, but they also are vital for the moisturizing component. 

How to Make Lavish, Homemade Lip Gloss 

  • Estimated Prep time: 30 minutes 
  • Estimated Yield: 13-14, 10ml tubes of lip gloss 


If the above yield is too large for you, you can adjust the measurement size. To do so, adjust the recipe by using ¼ of the measurements required. All you have to do is divide the amount listed by 4, and use that new amount to create lip gloss.

This would give you a yield of 4 lip glosses, opposed to 13-14, which is great for those who are just starting. Of course, you can adjust the measurements according to your personal preference. 

Ingredients Required for Homemade Lip Gloss 

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Below, I will display the ingredients you will need to make lip gloss. I will also give you an alternative, if I have one, encase you do not have that particular ingredient. 

  • Olive Oil, or Grapeseed Oil: 4 tablespoons. If you can use extra virgin olive oil, that’s preferred, as it’s a better quality oil. 
  • Unrefined Coconut Oil: 2 tablespoons. 
  • Cocoa Butter, or Shea Butter: 2 tablespoons. You can use either ingredient here, cocoa butter will give the lip gloss a slight tint of chocolate, while shea butter will have a mild and nutty undertone (do not consume either). 
  • Vitamin E Pills: 3 capsules. Ideally, choose D-alpha-tocopherol vitamin E, instead of Dl-alpha-tocopherol vitamin E. This is because the former is a natural source, and the latter is a synthetic source. The reason the natural source is preferred is that the body can absorb it and utilize it better. 
  • Cosmetic Grade Beeswax: 1 tablespoon.
  • Lip Gloss Containers / Tubes: 13-14, 10ml.

Optional, For Coloring: 

  • Rose Red Mica Powder: 1/8 teaspoon 

Optional, For Scent: 

  • Orange Essential Oil: 6 drops
  • Lavender Essential Oil: 3 drops

Instructions: How to Make Lavish Lip Gloss

The instructions below are an example of how to make lip gloss. If you decided to use one ingredient over another, such as grapeseed oil, instead of olive oil, then adjust accusingly. 

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  1. Add the olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax to a measuring jug. Ensure that it is glass or ceramic. If you own a double boiler, then you can use that, as we are mimicking the process. 
  2. Fill a pot up with two inches of water. 
  3. Place the measuring jug in the water. 
  4. Turn the dial to medium, and wait for the mixture to melt. It should be completely melted, do not take it off the hob until this process has worked. It should take around 10-15 minutes. Don’t take your eye off the mixture, either, as it is a hazard left alone. 
  5. Next, you need to add the vitamin E to the fully melted mixture. To do this, carefully cut the ends off the vitamin E capsules, and pop the powder into the mixture. Do not add the capsule to the mixture, only what is inside the capsule. 
  6. Optional Step: Here, you can add the essential oils. I selected lavender and orange, but you can select your personal preference. The essential oil is going to make your lip gloss smell amazing, but it’s not vital. Without the essential oil, you can expect slight chocolate and honey aroma. 
  7. Optional Step: Here, you can also add the rose-red mica powder. Mica powder is what will give the lip gloss color. The depth of color will depend on the amount of mica powder used. The ratio I recommend will give you a nice, moderate rose pink color. If you want a darker color or lighter color, adjust the ratio to your liking. I will also note, that if you do not want to include the mica powder, the mixture will stay a beige color, and it will be colorless on your lips.  
  8. The next step is to mix everything together. Stir gently, ensuring that all the mixture is infused. 
  9. Leave the mixture to cool for a minimum of 20 minutes. 
  10. After waiting for the lip gloss to cool down, you can carefully pour the mixture into the lip gloss containers. Do this over another jug, or glass, so you can reuse any mixture if it falls. If you are gentle and careful enough, it should not spill, but accidents can happen. 
  11. Lastly, apply the lip gloss, and revel in amazement at your accomplishments! 

What Colors Can I Make?

You may be wondering if you can use anything else, to bring forth a delightful color. After all, you may want a range of lip gloss in different shades – who doesn’t? You can of course change the ingredients to make the mixture a different color, and it is rather easy. I chose the color above because it is a rose-pink color, which compliments a lot of different skint ones, but there are lots of colors and shades to choose from. 

Here are some further examples of what you can use to create color. 

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  • To create red lip gloss, use: Beetroot powder
  • To create orange lip gloss, use: Ground paprika
  • To create yellow lip gloss, use: Ground ginger
  • To create pink lip gloss, use: Hibiscus powder
  • To create green lip gloss, use: Macha powder
  • To create brown lip gloss, use: Cocoa powder

Start off with ¼ teaspoon for any of these colors, and add further measurements to create a shader shade. You can also mix powders, to create different colors and shades. If you want to make any of these colors lighter, add arrowroot powder. To make these colors darker, add cocoa powder. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the shelf life of this lip gloss?

While this lip gloss does not contain any preservatives, it can last for a couple of weeks, to a couple of months. This is because the ingredients are oil-based, and do not contain water.

However, as soon as the product is exposed to water, i.e., your lips, the product only for a certain amount of time before it expires. This is why the shelf life depends on the individual, but assuming the product does not touch water, or very little water, it will have a longer shelf life. 

Help! My lip gloss came out too thin? 

If your lip gloss came out too thin, it means that you did not use enough beeswax. Increase the amount of beeswax in the next recipe. If you used 1 tsp, then try 2 tsp. 

Help! My lip gloss came out too hard?

If the lip gloss, it is because you used too much beeswax, so you need to use less beeswax in the next recipe. If you used 1 tsp, try ½ tsp, if you used 2 tsp, try 1 tsp. 

That’s A Wrap! 

Well, that’s all you need to know when it comes to making gorgeous, homemade lip gloss! It’s easy and often works out quite inexpensive. That is because most people tend to have some oils around their house, anyway. Plus, you can purchase these ingredients from most stores for a relatively cheap price. 

Homemade Lip Gloss

Making your own lip gloss is a great way to create sustainable makeup, and creates amazing presents for friends and family. You can impress everyone you know, including yourself, by how well your products turn out. 

Let me know if you end up making this, and if you try adjusting any of the colors. I love discovering how people make lip gloss, and create it perfectly unique for themselves. I hope you have fun creating your own lip gloss! 

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