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Hey guys! We’re super excited because today we have a super cute and easy DIY lip gloss recipe! These little guys take no time at all to whip up and they make the perfect homemade gift for friends and family. The first time I experienced DIY lip gloss was during my adolescence, at overnight camp. My cabin counselor had “illegally” brought in an electric kettle warmer and a couple ingredients to make lip gloss. She woke all of us up in the middle of the night one night for a special cabin bonding experience. At 12 years old, we all felt super cool and had so much fun staying up late, making lip gloss and gossiping about all the boys at the camp.

Back then we made the lip gloss out of white beeswax pellets, white shea butter and olive oil. Our version today still use beeswax pellets and shea butter but we’ve replaced the olive oil with sweet almond oil, coconut oil and avocado oil. I bought a cheap lipstick from Nordstrom Rack and stirred a little bit into the mix to tint the gloss. You can add as much or as little lipstick to the mixture, depending on your preference. You can also stir a small amount of beetroot powder to the mix to tint the gloss, for a more natural approach. If you want to add a little bit of shimmer to the gloss, you can stir in a small amount of superfine edible glitter.

You can find most of these ingredients in craft and health/beauty stores, but you can also grab all the items online.

We purchased our lip gloss tubes from SKS bottle. The short containers are here, and the tall ones are here, in the 1.5 ounce size.

You can download the peppermint lip gloss labels here, and the lavender labels here. We printed our labels on these 1 inch round labels found here.

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DIY Lip Gloss
Makes 8 ounces

1/4 cup white beeswax pellets
1/4 cup raw white shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup avocado oil
2 1/2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
lipstick (color of choice), optional
20 drops of essential oils of choice, optional

8 empty lip gloss or chapstick containers

1. Place all ingredients except lipstick and essential oils into a double boiler and melt over medium heat. Once mixture has completely melted and is smooth, stir in a small amount of lipstick (1/8 teaspoon at a time, depending on desired color) and the essential oil, if using.
2. Quickly, but carefully pour mixture into empty containers and allow mixture to set, 15 to 30 minutes.
3. Finish gloss with caps.

  1. Caitlin Not Specified Not Specified

    The tubes are adorable! I had a lip smackers kit growing up too, on top of owning every flavor already. I’d definitely like to try these, such a cute gift!

  2. April @badgerkitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    This is too cute! I want to make them for myself!

  3. Marina Not Specified Not Specified

    My daughter and I just made some using coconut oil and cocoa butter. Somehow I did not think at all about the fact that the cocoa butter might smell A LOT like chocolate. The texture is great but I really can’t get over the smell and had planned on using tangerine and mint oils. Any ideas on what to now do with a tub of cocoa butter would be appreciated…and next time I will try your recipe!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Cocoa butter is great for homemade shaving cream! Next time I recommend using white Shea butter as it is virtually odorless and give the same moisturizing effect as cocoa butter!

  4. Yolonda J. Washington Not Specified Not Specified

    This is a nice personal gift!

  5. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance Not Specified Not Specified

    These are pretty much the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Loving the labels too! These are perfect stocking stuffers for Christmas

  6. Grace Not Specified Not Specified

    Jenny, where can one purchase the gloss containers? Is there an online site?

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  8. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie Not Specified Not Specified

    I made my own lipgloss once before and it was a lot of fun (once I got past the initial price of buying everything). Love your tubes!

  9. Morgan Not Specified Not Specified

    What is an alternative oil to use to substitute coconut oil (I’m allergic..) ? These look super fun to make so I thought it would be a good Girls Night In thing to do!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can replace the coconut oil with a little more of each of the almond and avocado oil. Or you can use olive oil too!

  10. Katie Not Specified Not Specified

    these are so adorable!! thanks for sharing this great gift idea! a quick question…with the taller tubes, did you fill them past the top rim? or are they just pushed up for the photo?

  11. Traci Not Specified Not Specified

    Wonderful! Pinned.

  12. Ash Not Specified Not Specified

    This was linked from a food blog of all things, but I’m glad it was since this is an awesome idea. I’ll definitely be trying this, to make as gifts if nothing else.
    I know this is an older post but I’m hoping you can answer two questions? I’m allergic to almonds, so what could I substitute for it? And does using coconut oil make the gloss smell like coconut? Thanks!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can substitute it with more of the coconut oil or another type of hydrating and light oil. I wish the coconut oil made the gloss smell like coconut, but alas it does not. The essential oils are used to give you a sweet scent!

  13. Riley Not Specified Not Specified

    where did you get those containers

  14. Kathryn Not Specified Not Specified

    What would you use if you wanted to flavor it, as well?

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  16. Jessy Flowers Not Specified Not Specified

    I made some lip gloss using your recipe and it turned out very nice. Thanks for such a special gift idea. Instead of chapstick containers, I used Infinity Jars for my lip balm. The small jar fits perfectly in my bag and the UV glass jar keeps my lip balm smelling nice and fresh for a long time.

  17. siobhanariel Not Specified Not Specified

    I am having a problem with the cardboard tube leaking out of the bottom when I fill the tube with the hot mixture. Help!

  18. siobhanariel Not Specified Not Specified

    I an having a problem with the cardboard tube leaking out of the bottom when I fill with the hot mixture. Help!

  19. Ann Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m not getting the printable labels when I click on the links.

    • Teri Lyn Fisher Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi! You’re right, the peppermint one wasn’t linked correctly but the lavender one was linked. Just download those images and add them to your labels however you see fit. We used the 1inch square labels and added the images on Averys website to ensure better printing. Thanks!

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