Sunday, February 24, 2013

Homemade Vegan Lipglosses

The best beauty products are always homemade!
In the frigid, icy winter months, one cannot always hop a bus to Health Foods Unlimited to purchase the best vegan cosmetics in town. It's a shame that Trader Joe's carries lip balms containing beeswax and that despite having a modest sized natural products section Kroger's only carries Burt's Bees balms aka Beeswax Central. Online purchasing would seem like the next best thing, BUT it costs around $15 just to get a $2.99-$3.99 vegan balm to come to your door.
Thanks to reading many informative DIY blogs via Pinterest and reading product labels, the likeliest alternative, albeit a much cheaper solution is to make beauty out of ingredients already at home.
My favorite lip balm for the moment is Booda Butter's Booda Balm which keeps lips incredibly soft and moisturized. The ingredients listed are: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Candelilla Wax. I had everything except the wax.
Shea and cocoa butters are great for the lips and a thick substitution base. Another little tip- if desiring a more fragrant chocolaty smell, add more cocoa butter.

2 cup shea butter, melted
1 cup cocoa butter, melted
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
2 teaspoon coconut oil
A few drops jojoba oil
lip gloss pots (pictured are 1.25" inch in diameter & 5/8" tall ordered from Pink Blossom Cosmetics)
any vegan lipsticks on the verge of death

Now the shea and cocoa butters were mixed prior with olive and sweet almond oils and cooled until solid for a large batch divided into facial moisturizer, body lotion, hair balm, and this lip gloss.

Fill a pot with more or less of a mixture of shea & cocoa butters, olive, & sweet almond oils about less than 1/2 teaspoon.  The pictured Jamaican Castor Oil was from earlier hair balm making- will be unveiled later in an upcoming post.
Add a drop or two of jojoba oil.
Mix in a dollop of coconut oil. Stirring sticks would be so much better than a plastic knife! :D
  Stir a scrap of lipstick. Color above used is a bold bright red. Wipe the greasy rims & bottoms before capping.
Pop into the fridge for 3-4 hours. I knew that egg shelf had another purpose!
Now it's all solid!
This may last me a few good months. Hopefully. I am a huge gloss fanatic.
Already in use!


  1. Thanks for using our Jars for your homeade lipgloss!


    1. Anytime! Hoping to purchase more in the future. :)