Homemade Natural Lip Gloss

stacked lip glosssmallSo I do remember that it’s January and we’re posting healthy recipes and that this is lip gloss and not food and whatever. But I’m posting this recipe now for a couple of reasons. 1) Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us and this is a fun and easy little potential Valentine that is easy to make in large batches, but you might need to order or track down some semi-unusual supplies, so I wanted to give you plenty of time, 2) You can make all sorts of delicious flavors with 0 calories, and 3) part of being healthy is taking care of yourself. Not only are these lip glosses fun and adorable, but the base is all natural and, if you use essential oils to flavor them, they’re completely natural and perfect for making your lips soft and gorgeous even in the winteriest winters.

For the base of your lip gloss, you’re going to need coconut oil, beeswax, and Vitamin E (I just got the capsules).

lip gloss ingredientsCoconut oil. There are LOTS of different coconut oils on the markets these days, so take your pick. I tried out every brand I could find and from my (somewhat limited) research, this brand (Nutiva Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) was the only one that had a coconut scent/flavor. Even some of the other organic coconut oils were essentially scentless and flavorless. Now, which kind you use is definitely personal preference–you might want that coconut flavor in your lip gloss if you’re making strawberry coconut, but you might not want it if you’re making cherry cola (guess who grew up on Lip Smackers and had lots of fun playing with different flavors?).

Beeswax. You can get it at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, but it’s generally sold in chunks, which will need to be grated. You can also get pellets like these ones which will make your life easier.

You’ll also need some kind of container and, if you want, labels. I used 1″ round Avery labels and these 1-ounce plastic jarslabels and pots

but this site has a ton of fun lip balm containers and they’re not sold in lots of 10 million, which is always a bonus for those of us who don’t need 10 million empty lip balm containers. I wouldn’t recommend going any larger than 1 ounce–that’s a lot of lip gloss.

You’ll also need something to flavor your lip gloss with. I used candy flavor oils like these ones from Orson Gygi.  They have SO many yummy flavors to choose from:Flavored Oils Flavored Oils from OG

and also used different essential oils.

grapefruit oil

One of the funnest things was playing around with different flavors. I made coconut-lime because (shocker) that is my all-time favorite (and because when the late January doldrums set in, that’s my go-to smell to get me out of them) and grapefruit. Not with the coconut-lime, just by itself. Fun Kate fact: I hate grapefruit and grapefruit juice, but I love all things grapefruit-flavored. But seriously, the sky’s the limit when it comes to combinations.

Place the coconut oil in a 1-cup glass measuring cup (you can get one for, like, $2 at Target or Walmart that you use only for lip gloss making)

coconut oil

and then add the beeswax

beeswax in coconut oil

and prick a Vitamin E capsule with a push pin and squeeze the oil into the measuring cup.

squeezing vitamin e pill

Heat the measuring cup for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well after each heating (I just used a plastic straw so I could throw it away when I was done) until everything is completely melted (in my microwave, it took about 90 seconds-2 minutes). Now…if you want to make a couple of different flavors from this batch, you could pour some of it into another couple of spouted heat-safe cups and add the oils separately, or you could just flavor the whole batch. For me and my oils and flavors, I ended up needing about 40 drops of grapefruit oil and 17 drops of coconut along with 8 drops of lime flavor. Keep the following things in mind:

  • Some flavors are stronger than others–you might need to adjust how much oil you end up using.
  • Flavors like vanilla, coconut, etc. are going to be milder than flavors like citrus, cinnamon, and mint, so keep things balanced.
  • Dab a little of the liquid mixture onto your lips, but keep in mind that the flavors will get stronger after the lip gloss solidifies.

After you’ve mixed your flavors, pour them into your empty containers

poured lip gloss

and let them cool to solidify (about 15-20 minutes).

cooled lip gloss

I made these labels to go on top:

lip gloss

Now…you totally could be using a different-sized container, but if you do use a container that has a lid that’s 1″ or bigger (square or round) and want to use these labels, click HERE and then use a 1″ Avery label, square or round, that’s on a 4×6″ sheet (my labels were Avery 5410); just set the paper size on your printer properties for 4×6″ paper.

For the bottoms, you could either print out the flavor or hand-write it and stick it on the bottom.

flavor label

You could give them away like this or you could dress them up a little more with some cute washi tape:

lip gloss final

This “recipe” makes 8 1-ounce containers or more smaller containers (you’ll have to do your own math there…)

Valentine link


    1. Jamie, A little tip, you may want to add the vit E oil into the containers, and add the melted oil to that, otherwise heating it could change the anti-oxiidant into an oxidant. Also, I found a great source for shea butter and beeswax, the quality is better than I can find at the box stores. Mountainroseherbs.com
      Best wishes.

  1. Great idea for my teen daughter to make and give to her friends. When I first saw the picture of ingredients, I totally thought you were putting corn in the lip gloss!! Thank goodness it wasn’t.

    1. Check out the section about beeswax–you can either buy it at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s or you can find it online. There are lots of online homemade beauty supply and craft stores that sell it, but I got mine from Amazon (there’s a link up there) so I could get free shipping.

      1. If you have a local farmers market, you may be able to find it there. Usually anytime you find someone who keeps bees, to sell pure honey, you’ll find beeswax. I buy all my natural beeswax from our farmers market for $10 a pound (which is a lot). It’s all natural, unlike some of the stuff you buy in a hobby shop. If you don’t have a farmers market, call your local bee control company…most of them are beekeepers that sell honey as well as beeswax.

  2. Did you make any in the tubes? I was wondering if it would end up being less glossy since it has more beeswax. I am trying to come up with a recipe for boys… yes, boys or rather teenagers. One with perpetual chapped lips during the winter and one with braces… so they go through LOTS of chap stick!

    1. Hey, I noticed you’re trying to make boys’ lip balm. I saw a diy lip balm from mountain rose herbs on their you tube channel. They used an herbal infused sweet almond oil (they used calendula for it’s soothing, cooling effect and it’s ability to fight cold sores-they had a video on how to make herbal infused oil too but I didn’t watch that one) in a 2-1 ratio with beeswax to make it more solid, so if you added more beeswax it would harden up more and be better suited for a tube. Or make sure they never keep it in their pockets….coconut oil becomes liquid in temperatures above about 73 degrees, so the colder it stays, the more solid it is. More beeswax would combat that. Hope that helps a little!

  3. So true Peggy… My brother, the ultimate man’s man, would love this. He is cursed with eternally chapped lips. I love crafty posts. Thanks!

  4. I’m wondering how this would hold up in your pocket… I know coconut oil melts at body temperature, but does the beeswax help it hold together? These would be fun to put into chapstick tubes!

    1. The beeswax definitely holds it together. I haven’t tried carrying it around in my pocket, and mine is all in jars, but the ones with more beeswax are nearly solid while the ones with more coconut oil are a little softer.

  5. Homemade lip gloss is so fun. We did this as an activity for our Activity Days girls and they had a blast.

    I think my daughter and I will make this for her friends for Valentine’s Day.

    Thanks for the easy to follow recipe.

  6. Kate,
    About how much did all these supplies cost you? I think this would be fun to do for a Relief Society activity, but just trying to see if it’s in the budget. Thanks!

    1. You could shop around for sure and probably get lower prices, but I probably spent around $40. I bet you could get 80 1-ounce containers out of that and still have plenty of beeswax and flavorings leftover.

      Hope that helps!

  7. I’ve just been thinking about how I’m going to replenish my Cran-Grape flavored lip balm when the current one runs out. It was given away as a promotional and I can’t find it anywhere. Grazie!

  8. How long would you say this would keep? My daughters and I are wanting to do homemade gifts to put in baskets for gifts next christmas…..

  9. Fantastic!!
    I’ve been told that if you want to add color to home-made lip balm, a small bit of crayola crayon (because they are non-toxic and wax) will do it. What do you think?

  10. This looks fun. I wonder though why do you need a 1-cup glass measuring cup only for lip gloss making? Thanks.

  11. Do you know what is so funny? Just last night I hosted a Bunco night where my theme was your blog essentially haha. So I had prizes like kosher salt and a pepper grinder with a recipe that uses both, ramekins with a recipe for the molten lava cake, a tulle wreath, etc. One of the prizes was all of your spa things with how to use them and their recipes…and this would have been perfect to put with that prize!! Sorry for the long story but I couldn’t believe how ironic this post was 🙂 I am excited to try it though!

    1. YES. 🙂 Essential oils are natural oils derived from plant sources. Fragrance oils are perfumes. Essential oils generally taste good, but fragrance oils don’t and in high concentrations, they can really irritate your skin.

  12. Ok so i just did this! It was really fun and I love the idea of knowing every indredient.
    I have a question …. I made a few different flavors with the cake flavoring oils you suggested. I made coconut, pineapple, and strawberry. I noticed some of the flavoring settled at the bottom of the container. Is there a way to prevent that?

    1. I haven’t gotten a reply??
      Is it from the cake flavoring? Do the essential oils collect at the bottom at all?
      I tried to remelt and mix it up really good, but it happened again.

      1. Sorry! Sometimes the replies get grouped together in our inbox and lost. 🙂 Anyway, some of the flavorings sink to the bottom, but any flavoring oils (some are oils, some are not, you have to read the label and it’s not always super clear) or essential oils should be fine.

  13. Those turned out super cute. The idea to use candy flavoring is brilliant. I am making my first batch of homemade lip balm tomorrow and was browsing different recipes for ideas. Yours looks fabulous – Thanks!

  14. Silly question, what do you think the scent/flavor of lavendar would do? I bought the same coconut oil as you… would that be a weird combo, or have you tried it? Thanks for the input!! Making these for baby shower favors!! 🙂

    1. You know…I probably wouldn’t use lavendar for lip balm. You could do the exact same formula and use it for a hard core skin repair (like for dry winter skin) and it would be awesome to use behind your ears or on your neck to help you (or your kids) relax at bedtime. But it’s not super tasty. 🙂

    2. A great tasting lipbalm with lavender is easy but uses more ingredients. Here is one I use:
      • 4 Tbsp jojoba, almond, or olive oil
      • 1 Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pearls
      • 1 tsp honey
      • 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil (or 3 punctured, squeezed out liquid vitamin E capsules)
      • 7 drops lavender essential oil (or other essential oil)
      • 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
      • 1 tsp colored, natural lipstick (optional, if you want it to have a hint of color)
      Warm the oils, beeswax and honey in a small, stainless steel pot or bowl. Be sure to warm it on VERY low heat. (You can use a double boiler, if you’d like.) Stir until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in the essential oil, vitamin E, cocoa powder, and colored lipstick. Place the bottom of the bowl into a shallow pan of ice water and continue whisking quickly as you add the honey. Once the honey is incorporated, quickly transfer the balm into your lip balm container (tube or tin) and allow to set for 3 hours.

  15. Help! I followed the instructions and non of the lip glosses solidified! They congealed a bit, but they are definitely still liquid!!!!

    1. I know this is too late to be helpful, but – the only thing I can think of that might’ve been wrong is if your house was too warm… was it? Coconut oil has a low, low melting point, it turns to a liquid at 76*F.

  16. hi can i add powdered juices as flavoring? wouldn’t it affect the balm if i combine the powdered juice with water to dissolve it? thanks!

    1. This is several months too late but here goes: Do not use powdered juices, especially not dissolved in water. Anything water-based is not going to be able to mix with coconut oil and beeswax (remember, oil and water don’t mix). If you think you’re getting oil and water to mix as you stir, stir, stir, it’s a union that won’t last long – your balm will end up separating into an ugly mess as it sits. Hope this helps anyone who comes along with the same question. =)

  17. So simple, and it turned out great! I added tangerine flavoring to the mixture, put it in tubes, and now I have a great supply for myself and as little gifts. Thanks!

  18. the lipgloss in the picture seems more like lipbalm,i want it to be in liquid state so am i supposed to add beewax?

    1. Hi Suzanne! Just in case Sara or Kate doesn’t see your question: I would go with coconut oil that’s solid at room temperature. If you use liquid coconut oil, I’d think the lip balm would be very greasy and loose since you use it at room temperature. Good luck, this seems like such a fun little project!

  19. My husband made his first batch of soap the other day and is going to make a few more batches. I personally can’t wait to make some lip balm! My plan is to make a few tubes and jars of plain, then also lime, vanilla, peppermint, and vanilla-peppermint. At Christmas we’re going to give out handmade soap and lip balm 🙂 Can’t believe how simple this recipe is, especially when you consider all the weird stuff in the lip balm you buy at the store.

  20. Hey…I was just wondering, what were the measurements for the containers you used and the washi paper.
    This looks so cool, me and my friends are gonna try it for our class project

  21. Do you also have to add the vitamin e capsule into the mixture, if not added, will it affect the lip balm

  22. I just started lip balming!!! and I have lots of questions. It seems like a lot of the comments on here are very helpful. I tried the lip balm in the containers and with the simliar recipe and it was so hard I couldn’t get it out to put on my lips 🙁 also how does the essentail oils work with the flavor…I want the lip balm to smell as good as it taste..PLEASE HELP

  23. I bought beeswax from Michael’s in the ever-annoying block form, but was wondering if it was still okay to use since it wasn’t cosmetic grade? Does it have to be cosmetic grade?!

  24. “These ones” Is not proper english.
    “Beeswax. You can get it at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, but it’s generally sold in chunks, which will need to be grated. You can also get pellets like these ones (Like these) which will make your life easier.”

    “You’ll also need something to flavor your lip gloss with. I used candy flavor oils like these ones:”

  25. Great lip gloss recipe! I love that you added a vitamin E capsule to the mix. Can’t wait to try it. I really love the way you labeled the containers too! 🙂 Thanks for the great info.

  26. Wow thank you for posting this simple-looking how to. I’m thinking about making this and selling it at our animal shelter fundraisers. We’re always looking for new things to make/sell and put into our raffle baskets as well. I’m all into all natural home-made products so this fits right in! I hope it turns out ok for me though! Lol. Thanks again =)

  27. I absolutely love this lip gloss!!! I made it for Christmas presents and had to keep some for myself! I will definitely be keeping this recipe and making it for all my friends and family!

  28. I just made this and to give a better estimate, this recipe filled exactly 39.5 of my regular sized chapstick tubes. also to make filling the tubes super easy, I transfer the mix from the measuring cup to the tubes with one of those 1 tsp medicine syringes you can get free from walgreens pharmacy 🙂 smells awesome! I used 40 drops of chamomile to mine.

  29. What fun! Have a friend with “princess lips” who can’t use most of the purchased lip balms without burning lips (except, strangely, Bonnie Bell, which we have sadly just learned is no longer going to be made), and this recipe without any essential oil is going to be just the thing!
    I just finished capping my tubes and can’t WAIT to present her with a batch in the morning!!! Next batch will be for me and I’m going to add orange oil, I think. Yum! Might have to start sharing with others though – one little batch made a BUNCH of tubes!

  30. I think this project will be perfect for my daughter’s 10th birthday sleepover! However, I’m torn on what size container(s) I should buy! The 1 oz. pictured looks so large, yet I can’t seem to find anything more than 1/4 oz! Help!! What/where can I go?

  31. Looks like a fun recipe to try but I would switch to a double boiler perhaps if you want it to be healthy. Microwaves add radiation and completely destroy those wonderful healthy fats in the coconut oil: (
    I just wouldn’t pay the extra $$ for healthy ingredients and then ruin then in the nuker know what I mean?! All said in love….

  32. Love it! This was so helpful. I made some and it turned out great. It was really easy. I can not wait to give as gifts. The girls in my family are addicted to chap stick. They do not leave home without it. Thank you.

  33. Good and easy recipe. Been wanting to make some for me and the grandkids. I just don’t understand why you need a seperate measuring cup and stir with a straw so you can throw away and then we are going to put the end result on our lips. That doesn’t make sense to me but maybe I am missing something. If I am going to put it on my lips in the end then I would consider it food grade? Right?

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