Summer Shine Lip Gloss
This smooth lip gloss is fun and easy to make
and works well to help gloss and protect the lips. And since you make it
yourself, you can rest assured that it doesn't contain any harmful
chemicals or preservatives—only natural ingredients enhanced with the
benefits of the essential oil or blend of your choice! This lip gloss
also makes a fun gift and is a great way to introduce others to
- Beeswax: This can be found at local health stores, craft stores, or candle-making supply stores. It is available either in its natural golden color, or it is also available in a bleached white color. It can be purchased either as small pellets or in blocks that can be grated or shaved with a knife to get small pieces that melt quickly. For this recipe you will need two teaspoons (approximately 3 grams).
- Cocoa butter: This solid ingredient extracted from dried cocoa beans has a wonderfully rich chocolate aroma and works as a natural skin moisturizer. You will need one-half tablespoon (approximately 5 grams) for this recipe.
- Jojoba Oil: This natural vegetable wax closely mimics the skin's own sebum and is often used to help moisturize the skin. You will need 5 teaspoons (approximately 25 ml) for this recipe.
- Vitamin E Capsule (optional): This can be found either as capsules in most health and grocery stores, or it can be found as a liquid in many drug stores. You will need either one capsule or 3–4 drops of liquid for this recipe. Besides being an antioxidant, Vitamin E is also a natural preservative and can help your lip balm last longer.
- Essential oils: These not only give your lip balm its own unique scent and flavor, but they also add the benefits of the essential oil you use to your lip balm creation. Some favorite oils for a summertime lip gloss include lavender (which can help soothe sunburned lips), peppermint (which can have a cooling effect), or a blend of 8 drops lavender and 2 drops lemon (to create a refreshing lavender lemonade lip gloss). You will need 5–10 drops of your chosen oil or blend for this recipe.
- Cut or shave beeswax with a knife to create small shavings or pieces of beeswax. Pack the beeswax shavings lightly to get two full teaspoons (about 3 grams) of beeswax; then dump the beeswax into a heat-proof measuring cup (such as a Pyrex™ brand measuring cup).
- Pack cocoa butter into a one-half-tablespoon-size measuring spoon until it is packed level with the top (about 5 grams); then dump the cocoa butter into the measuring cup with the beeswax.
- Add 5 teaspoons (about 25 ml) of jojoba oil to the beeswax and cocoa butter.
- Place the measuring cup in a large frying pan that is filled with 1" of hot water.
- Place the frying pan and measuring cup on the stove, and turn the burner on low.
- Stir the mixture in the measuring cup with a popsicle stick or bamboo skewer every couple of minutes until the wax is completely melted (about 5–15 minutes).
- Turn off the stove, and carefully remove the measuring cup from the frying pan. Place the measuring cup on a towel on a countertop or table.
- Stir in 5–10 drops of your desired essential oil or blend.
If desired, stir in the contents of 1
capsule of vitamin E (or 3–4 drops liquid vitamin E).
- Pour the mixture into lip balm dispensers, lip gloss containers, or any other small jar or container. This recipe will fill 4 or 5 containers. You may find it easier (and cleaner) to use a small dropper to transfer the mixture into the small containers, or a small funnel to help pour the mixture into the small containers without spilling on the side.
- Create fun labels for your lip gloss creations in lip balm dispensers using 2" x 4" labels. Set up your labels so that two labels fit side-by-side on each 2" x 4" label; then cut the label in half after printing so that you have two labels that each measure 2" x 2". This size fits perfectly on our white lip balm dispensers. Our .5" x 1.75" labels also fit perfectly on our lip