Monday, November 12, 2012

Liquid Lip Gloss

As I mentioned in my non-petroleum "petroleum" jelly post, I've been wanting to try my own lip gloss, but without using vaseline. I couldn't really find a recipe for what I had in mind, so I experimented and came up with my own lip gloss recipe. :) Since I made this up as I went along, it's not very exact...but hopefully it will give you some inspiration as you make your OWN lip gloss! :)


I used:

~ Approx. 1 tablespoon non-petroleum "petroleum" jelly (click here for the recipe...you could try using vaseline if you'd rather not make your own. I'm guessing it would work out about the same)
~ Approx. 1 tablespoon castor oil (sorry, I didn't exactly measure...I just used what looked like about equal amounts)
~ Color - I handmade my color using Ultra Silk mica (a mix of mica and titanium dioxide) and red iron oxide (both bought from Coastal Scents). If you don't want to make your own color, you could use a pre-mixed mica pigment (I've bought several of these from Coastal Scents and have been impressed with them!) or you could try a little Kool Aid powder or dried beet powder...those are both things I've seen used in other recipes, but I haven't tried myself. If all else fails, I'm guessing a small chunk of lipstick would do the trick as well! :) 


First I mixed my color, using my mortar & pestle to grind the red iron oxide into the ultra silk mica. If you're using iron oxide, you will need to mix it using something like a mortar & pestle or coffee grinder. I've tried mixing it with just a spoon or toothpick, and while it LOOKS well blended, when you try to apply it you'll find lots of little un-mixed bits that will leave bright red streaks. Not too cool.


I think I used about 1 teaspoon of ultra silk mica, and just a FEW grains of red iron oxide. It doesn't take much, and you can always add a little more if it turns out too pale at first. 


I was going for a very pale pink...it was hard to photograph, but I liked it! The ultra silk mica has a shimmery/pearly finish which was really pretty with the soft pink color. 


Next, put roughly equal parts of jelly and castor oil into a small glass bowl, and then microwave for about 40 seconds. 


If there are any unmelted chunks when you take it out of the microwave, stir them in until it's all smooth and liquid. 


Add your color and mix. 


Stir until smooth.


I got my lip gloss containers from Elements Bath & Body


Use a plastic pipette (I ordered mine here) or dropper, fill the lip gloss tubes. You will need to work quickly as it gets really hard to work with as it cools. If you need to, you can stick it back in the microwave (pipette and all) for 5-10 seconds. 


I wound up with more than I thought, and had to run grab a third tube. :)


I really like this soft pink color!!


Next, put in the reducers, if your bottles came with them. 


Just push 'em in! :)


And there you have it!! :) Simple, natural lip gloss, NO petroleum products needed!! :)


These would make really nice gifts!


Here's a shot of my lips (do you have any idea how hard it is to take pics of your own lips?! Haha) wearing this lip gloss. It goes on thick and creamy, and lasts for quite awhile (at least for me). It doesn't leave a lot of color on, but it has a really pretty shimmer. 


It's very pale...but I like it. :) 

21 comments:

  1. Such a pretty shimmer! Nice job.

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  2. OMG...I've been looking all over the net for a recipe this simple, with pictures!!! Thanks so much! Going straight to make some!!!

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    1. I LOVE simple with pictures!! :) I hope you like yours as much as I do mine...I'd love to hear your thoughts after you try it!! :)

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  3. wow! you have some great ideas. thanks for sharing. One question... why is your blog hard to read on an ipad?

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    1. I'm not sure...it shows up fine on my laptop. I'll have to see if I can figure out a way to fix it!

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  4. So glad I found this blog. Now you have me looking for things to make.. lol..

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  5. Do you have to use castor oil? I don't have any.

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    1. I chose to use castor oil because of it's thicker, glossier texture and the fact that it doesn't absorb/dry as quickly as some other oils. You can find some here if you can't find it in your local store (http://www.amazon.com/NOW-Solutions-Castor-Pure-ounce/dp/B0013TM9UQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383102528&sr=8-1&keywords=castor+oil), or else you could try it with another kind of oil...almond, grapeseed (although this might make your lip gloss a little greenish) or even just plain vegetable oil if you're desperate. :) I like to just try things until I get a result I'm happy with, so experimenting isn't a bad thing. :)

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  6. fantastic recipe. just made a batch and cant wait to try it once it cools. Love the natural ingredients.xx

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  7. This looks like a good recipe to try!
    I’d tried a similar one, but without any bees wax. It was great at first, but then the mica separated from the oils & sunk to the bottom of the container. Every time I wanted to use it, I’d have to shake & stir like crazy. Hopefully the “non-petroleum” base will work better!

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  8. Would really love to read this, but contrast between print and background precludes this.

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  9. thanks so much for giving this great recipe, I've been trying to make lipgloss for a while and your recipe is great. I am trying to get it to have colour but unfortunately the red mica just won't mix in, instead it is has grainy bits. Do I need to purchase some silk mica to help this mix in perhaps? Thanks again, Claire

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    1. Did you use red mica or red iron oxide? I've always mixed my iron oxide into silk mica and never had a problem...the other thing I've tried is using colored mica powders (http://www.coastalscents.com/make-your-own/makeup/mica-powder.html). I would sure give the silk mica a try if you're still having trouble....plus it gives it a really pretty pearly shine. :)

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  10. I used red mica and red carmine powder (separately). Both failed. I will try your suggestion though,
    thanks Claire

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  11. Have you ever tried using coconut oil? I use it all over my body, works better than lotion, great on the lips! Tho it goes liquid over 70 degrees, it is also supposed to be 20% sunscreen. Takes very little. Got a small bottle, $3, & it lasted over a month.

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  12. Thanks so much, I was going through the same thing trying to get the right recipe for lip gloss. # I think I found it. Thanks again.

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  13. This is exactly what I've been looking for - it's absolutely perfect in every way! Thank you :)

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  16. hey so I tried this with a few modifications: I used vegetable oil instead of castor oil, and I used crushed-up eyeshadow instead of mica. It worked really well, except that it takes a LOT of eyeshadow to be able to get any color on my lips.

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