I have a son who LOVES lip gloss… and I love this about him. Ironically, my daughter won’t go near the stuff and it amuses me to no end. I think my children were born this way—my son has always loved lotions and potions and my daughter prefers no personal care products whatsoever. Therefore, my trusty 5 year old is my number one sidekick when making facial scrubs, eczema cream, foaming hand wash (on the blog next week!), body scrubs and lip gloss. He can’t get enough of these projects and now he’s pretty sure we can make ANYTHING. Like the last time we went to the store he announced that we no longer need to buy anything because we can just make it at home!
I like his style.
Let’s try it.
Conventional personal care products contain a host of chemicals like Parabens, Oxybenzone, Retinyl Palmitate Polypeptide, Colors and Flavorings that cause cancer, reproductive problems, hormone disruption, allergies and organ system toxicity. It’s honestly scary to think that many popular products that we put on our bodies can be so TOXIC. Even if you aren’t into making your own products, make sure to check your personal care products on the Skin Deep Database from the Environmental Working Group. I donate frequently to this organization because they are doing such great work to protect our children from these unregulated chemicals in personal care products (among other things).
Making your own products is pretty simple, is much cheaper, and also serves as an awesome project to do with your kids. Like most children, my kids love to do projects with me. A few years ago we made our own homemade lip gloss and my son still talks about it to this day so we decided to make our own again recently..with a little (PINK) twist. I read some interesting recipes for homemade lip gloss that included a tint of color– but many of the recipes use conventional lipstick as the coloring. This wasn’t an option for us because most conventional lipsticks contain lead and other toxic ingredients. We wanted to try something in our homemade lip gloss that provided a pink tint without the toxic stuff. Both my kids love pink so if I mention ANYTHING involving pink they start jumping around like crazy and fighting with each other about who gets said PINK thing (we’ve had to ban the pink plate from mealtime because of ALL THE FIGHTING!).
Back to our lip gloss project.
The result of our recipe is an easy to make homemade lip gloss with a light pink tint (it’s PINK and NON-TOXIC–a WIN WIN!). We put this glass in containers like this and my kids use their fingers to apply. Scratch that…my SON uses his finger to apply lip gloss….my daughter will not use this lip gloss. She has no idea what she is missing!
One application and the shade looks like this:
I can’t show you my whole face because I’m a hot mess this morning, just home from a run, no shower and wearing a baseball cap—the whole thing would detract from my pink lips 🙂 I hope you enjoy our recipe for Pretty-in-Pink homemade lip gloss!
**A few notes:
We used some of my favorite non-toxic eye shadow from Jane Iredale. It scores a 2 on the EWG Skin Deep website and I feel comfortable using it in this recipe. However, I have read other recipes that use beet powder for a pink tint and that’s also a great thing to try if you don’t have non-toxic eye shadow laying around. Don’t use regular eye shadow unless you have checked it on the EWG Skin Deep website first and it scores in the GREEEN (non-toxic) range!
Interested in trying another recipe too? Check out my friend Julia’s recipe over at Coco’s Well!
- 2 tablespoons beeswax grated
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil or almond oil
- ¼ teaspoon pink eye shadow
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a double boiler over low heat (I use a saucepan of water and set a glass bowl on top of the pan, not touching the water though or it might break) melt the beeswax, olive oil and coconut oil together until all melted and liquid.
Do not boil, use low heat
Add in the eye shadow and stir until melted
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract
Use a large medicine dropper to fill your small containers of choice
Place containers in the fridge to set for 20 minutes, the gloss will get solid as it cools
We keep our gloss at room temperature....Enjoy!