A couple of weeks ago I let you all in on a big fail on my end. I was using and promoting Tarte Cosmetics like it was going out of style, believing that it was a safe alternative to most toxin filled makeup brands. Sadly I realized I had fallen victim to “green washing” and realized that even though Tarte was using words like “high-performance naturals”, they were not as natural as I was claiming. So, long story short-I made a switch in all my makeup to 100% Pure and have been so thrilled at how the makeup looks and wears. Plus, the ingredients are actually natural this time, I promise. That being said, I replaced all my makeup except lip gloss! I’m over spending money on makeup for now so I decided to DIY it, naturally! Since I have been experimenting on Candelilla wax for THIS post, I decided to incorporate it in this DIY along with a few other natural ingredients. The results of this DIY lip gloss are amazing-I couldn’t be happier!
DIY lip gloss is tricky. You don’t want it too thick or it won’t come out of your lip gloss container. If it’s too thin, it won’t stay on your lips for long. I knew we needed a couple of thick, shiny oils and just the right amount of candelilla wax (our vegan alternative to beeswax). Plus a hint of color would be nice too. It was quite the tall order but after 3 lip glosses in the trash, I finally found the right oils and proportions for a store bought worthy lip balm! And it is 100% plant based to boot! Now that’s something you can feel good about!
This is a rather simple recipe but I will say I ran into a lot of speed bumps with it. Getting the consistency right has been a bit of a chore. Also, beet root powder stinks-at least I think so but I also ate a whole bag of beet chips in one setting when I was pregnant and nearly barf every time I think about it! I had to disguise the smell with peppermint and rosemary oil but you don’t have to. I must say, I love the cooling effect both of these oils have in the gloss. You could also add cinnamon essential oil and turn this into a lip plumper-only add 1-2 drops though! The next issue was getting the product into the tiny lip gloss tube! Because of the nature of candelilla wax, it cools very quickly and before it could make it’s way through my funnel it would harden. I had to reheat 2x in order to fill the container.
If you’d like to use beeswax instead of candellia wax I would add a heaping 1/4 tsp. rather then a strict 1/4 tsp. Does that make sense? I’m finding there isn’t a ton of difference between the two waxes but there is enough that it will make your lip gloss too thin if you keep the recipe exactly the same.
I chose castor oil for 2 reasons. One, it is a shiny oil. Two, it is a thick oil. Vitamin E oil is also very thick as well as anti aging and nourishing. I have linked all Amazon Prime ingredients but I have also added a few Mountain Rose Herb links for some products because those are the products that I used for this recipe.
Vegan Lip Gloss
- Fill a medium sized pot half way full with water and place on stove top.
- Place an empty glass pyrex measuring cup with a spout in the water.
- Add castor oil, vitamin E, candelilla wax and beet root powder to the pyrex cup and stir.
- Turn on medium heat.
- Allow all ingredients to fully melt.
- Remove from stove top and add essential oils.
- Stir again, making sure the beet root powder is well integrated into the oils.
- Funnel mixture into a lip gloss container. (these are the tiny funnels I use)
**Since this can be a tricky recipe and many of you are using your own ingredients that might not be the ones I have linked, after you make your lip gloss, you may want to keep it in your glass measuring cup or bowl and let it set for at least a few hours. Figure out if it’s the right consistency before adding it to your lip gloss tube. Once it’s in the tube it will be time consuming and nearly impossible to get it out and start over. This way if your gloss is too thin you can add a tiny bit more candelilla wax. If it is too thick, dilute with a few drops of either castor oil or vitamin E oil. Once you have the consistency that feels right, reheat and then transfer to your tubes.**
This lip gloss should last 3-6 mos and makes a little bit more then 1 lip gloss tube.
There is a good chance your beet root powder will look like mine-clumpy. An easy solution is to put a small amount of powder in a coffee grinder. This pureed the powder and got rid of any lumps in seconds. I suppose a blender or even a mortar and pestle would work but a coffee grinder really does the trick and it is very easy to clean afterwards.
One of the biggest issues with beet root powder is that it is water soluble so mixing it in an oil mixture could give you a grainy texture. Only adding 1/4 tsp. to my recipe, did not give this recipe a grainy texture. I’m afraid if you are looking for more color and decide to add more beet root powder you will have more of a lip exfoliant then a gloss!
The lip gloss tube pictured is one I’ve had for a while. I found it to be messy. I’m not sure if it’s due to my recipe or the nature of the tube but too much lip gloss comes out on the wand and it was hard to screw it shut without lip gloss being on the cap. THIS lip gloss tube might be better. HERE is a tube with a similar silver cap that also might be better.
This is a fun DIY. I’m excited about the outcome! My oldest daughter uses it everyday on the way to school and it’s a gloss I can feel good about her wearing! Like the picture shows, there isn’t a ton of color with beet root powder. If you’re after more color, mica powder is a better option. You can find a lip balm recipe with mica HERE. I also have a cream blush/lip stain HERE.