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With our upcoming DIY Toxin-Free Makeup Workshop next Saturday (4 Nov, 2-5pm), I thought I’d share this funky lipgloss recipe, to help get you into the colourful mood of makeup making! This recipe is a lot less complex than making lipstick (which you’ll learn to make at our workshop), but still achieves a lovely shimmery glossy-lipped effect!
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This lipgloss contains castor oil as its major ingredient, which creates a thick, glossy finish. If you find the castor oil too thick, or if you don’t have castor oil, you can substitute it for a thinner oil, such as jojoba, almond or olive oil. A small amount of beeswax is used to thicken the lipgloss and help it stick to your lips. Vitamin E oil is used to preserve the lipgloss from oxidising. Adding a drop of essential oil can also help preserve the product, as essential oils are antimicrobial. Essential oil also makes the lipgloss smell and taste amazing! To colour the lipgloss, you can use micas, iron oxides or even food such as spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), cacao powder or beetroot powder. You can use micas alone in this recipe, for a nice shimmery tint. If you want something that is more opaque – go an iron oxide. Iron oxides alone are also matte, if you wanted more of a matte finish. If you would prefer to use food colouring, just make sure the powders are ground well, as they can leave flecks in the gloss if not mixed in well. Whatever you do, have fun, and let your creativity guide you! This lipgloss has a shelf-life of around 1 year.
Makes 1 x Lipgloss
1 x lip gloss container
¼ tsp (1g) beeswax
1 ¾ tsp (8ml) castor oil
1 drop Vitamin E
4 small scoops mica/oxides or ¼ tsp food powder (i.e. beetroot/cacao/spices)
1 drop essential oil*
1. Place beeswax, castor oil and vitamin E oil into a glass jug. Place in a pot of boiling water until beeswax is melted.
2. Take off heat and stir in your choice of mica/oxides/food colouring. Stir well until powders have dissolved.
3. Once cooled a little, add essential oils.
4. Carefully pour into lip gloss container and leave lid off until mixture has cooled.
*We recommend using Young Living essential oil, as it is an awesomely high-quality, food-grade essential oil (because essentially some of this all-natural lip-gloss will end up in your mouth!). Young Living essential oils are also therapeutic-grade, and have some wonderful skincare and health benefits. Contact us if you’d like to try some of these awesome oils! 🙂