Thrifty Tip: Make your own Lip Gloss

I love to find little DIY ideas and try them out. I try, try, try again until I get it right! ;) It’s a fun little hobby but it can also be a money saver especially if you have little girls that LOVE lip gloss. My kids made lip gloss in their homeschool group class and from that day on, I just had to try it!

There are a TON of recipes out there for DIY Lip Gloss. I have not gotten into the complex recipes. The easy ones are just fine for me.

Here’s one of those easy ones:

  • grab a tub of Vaseline or petroleum jelly – make sure you grab the unscented…my first tub I picked up was baby powder scented and did not work well for lip gloss ;)
  • a tube of lipstick
  • some containers – you can use old lip gloss containers you have at home or look for some at a craft store. I found pill type containers at Walmart, 2/$1, that work great.

You can start out with however much jelly you have containers for. Each time I made a batch, I only made enough for 1 or 2 containers. I wanted to play around with different colors, mixes, etc so I made small amounts each time. Here’s what I did to fill a pill size container:

  • scoop out 1 rounded spoonful of jelly into a microwave safe bowl
  • heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir after each increment (1-1 1/2 minutes is all it took)
  • when the mixture is almost completely melted, take out of the microwave and just stir to finish the melting.
  • CAUTION liquid and bowl will be very very hot. Please be careful!! Use pot holders or oven mit!
  • wait for the liquid to cool a bit, almost until it starts to solidify again
  • add a bit of lipstick to the mix to add color, stir. I had some Mary Kay samples that I added to mine. Add more until you get the desired color
  • pour into your containers and let sit until solid. You can also put them in the freezer for a couple of hours.

In the picture, there’s also a pack of koolaid…I tried adding a little flavor but it didn’t go so well. Since then, I discovered why. Any powder that I tried putting in the mixture, koolaid, jello, was not dissolving and then would sink to the bottom of the container. The solution – when you take out the bowl of jelly, the bowl and mixture is super hot…too hot for powder to dissolve. You need to wait a bit for the liquid to start solidifying again before you add any powder to it. Then it should dissolve and work great.

Other options that you can try: use eye shadow or blush to add a tint of color, add honey for flavor, add fruit juice for flavor, sprinkle some corn starch in for a thicker gloss, add cocoa powder for flavor.

Have fun! Let me know what you try and how it turns out!


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