Homemade Lip gloss

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I’ve been reading Allie’s Answer’s blog for about a month now and was especially inspired by a couple of posts that talked about natural skincare. I was especially interested in the guest post by Julie Gabriel in which she talks about the benefits of using oil to cleanse the skin. After reading that post I immediately put her book, The Green Beauty Guide on hold at the library. Wow. What an excellent book.

There is lots about this subject of natural skincare that I want to talk to you about! So I think I will blog about the things I’m learning about once a week. I kind of feel like I’ve stumbled on something really cool here and I want to share this journey with you.

Today I’m going to share my experience with making my own lip gloss. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages and a few weeks ago I finally just did it. It was so easy and it took maybe 10 minutes. The recipe I used made enough for one batch, which is just fine for me since I’m the only one using it at the moment. I read a bunch of different recipes and came up with something that worked for me, mostly because I had the ingredients readily available at the time. My lip gloss is based on this article in the New York Times.

1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of soy wax (I had some that I got from Michaels for candle making)
1 1/2 tablespoons of Cocoa Butter
1 drop of Vitamin E
3 drops of Peppermint Oil
Colored mineral makeup (that you would use for blush)

Put the coconut oil, soy wax, and cocoa butter in a glass Pyrex measuring cup (with a pouring spout) and place in a small saucepan filled a quarter of the way with water (or you can use a double boiler if you have one. I don’t). Melt the oils and wax until they are liquid. Take the Pyrex measuring cup out of the pan and add the Vitamin E, Peppermint Oil and mineral makeup. Pour into container and let cool.

I’m still experimenting with the amount of mineral makeup to use. For the first batch I used a pinch but it wasn’t enough color. The second batch I added more and it still wasn’t enough color for me. You will have to play around with that until you get the right amount for you. Or don’t use any if you don’t want colored lip gloss.

That’s it! It took me longer to write this up than it did to actually do this. It makes a really delicious lip gloss that really softens your lips. Plus it’s all natural and no chemicals.