DIY Moment: How To Make Your Own Lip Gloss

Plump, glossy, kiss-worthy lips; sounds like every girls dreams. Not all of us were blessed with puckers like Angelina Jolie, so we need to pump up the gloss factor for that added boost of je ne sais quoi!

lipsticks (lipgloss) of pink color isolated on white background

I love my lip dyes and glosses but I’ve struggled to find a brand I love that is packed with sheen, moisturizers and chemical free. Though many brands are hopping on the Green bandwagon, I’m the kind of gal who likes to know exactly what is in the products I use; especially those I put on my face.
Like Tosca Reno says about food; “Can’t read it; Don’t eat it!” If the ingredients in your favourite gloss look like they came from your High School Chemistry text book, perhaps you might want to pull out your inner DIY Diva and give my homemade recipe a whirl!

Why Go Green?

Like pesticides on grass, what you put on your body is absorbed right into your blood stream. With all pollution and enhanced foods we come in contact with every day, going green with your cosmetics is more than just about being good to your skin; it’s about being good to your whole being!
So let’s rip a page out of that book and get DIY’ing!

How To Make Your Own DIY Lip Gloss


For this easy (and cheap!) recipe, all you need is the following all natural ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon fresh Aloe Vera – slice off a stalk of your own plant and scrape out the gel
  • ½ teaspoon of Coconut Oil – found in any health food store
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
  • A few drops of your favourite essential oil – since it’s going on your lips, think peppermint, vanilla or lime!

Combine the above ingredients together in a little mixing bowl. Stir until evenly combined and scoop your mixture into any empty lip gloss container. Then, using your finger or Q-Tip, simple dip and apply to your lips!

The natural moisturizers found in the oils and Aloe Vera will help cure dry, cracked lips and give you some serious lustre. Using such green products will also help prevent future dryness and if you go for the peppermint essential oil, will even taste good!

What’s A Gloss Without Colour?

Girl, I got your back…er, I mean lips! Like I said before, I’m a slave to my colourful lip dyes so try this natural colour booster.
For a berry-licious shade, grab a pomegranate from your local market and slice it open. Use about 20-30 seeds and mash them up in a separate bowl from your previously made lip gloss. Pour the juices from the mashed berries into your gloss bowl and mix it up.

You’ll see from plucking out those berries just how bright your fingertips will get so a dash of juice in your gloss will give you that perfectly sweet addition of colour that you’ve been craving!

And the anti-oxidant properties of pomegranates don’t hurt either!

So there you go girls, a quick and easy way to embrace your inner DIY diva, get a little crazy, and whip up your own batch of gloss. You’ll look great, smell great and even taste great for all those kissable moments! Who could ask for more?

 

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Homemade Facial Scrub Recipes

Previously we looked at Homemade Lip Balm, and How to Make Facial Masks. Now it is time for homemade scrub!

Although there are many excellent commercial facial scrubs, they can also be quite expensive. Anyone can create a homemade facial scrub, usually from household items or those that are easily obtained, that works just as well to sooth and exfoliate the skin. The most important thing to know about facial scrubs, of any kind, is that they should not be applied more than every two weeks. Overuse can result in dry, red, irritated skin.

face scrub

DIY Facial Scrub

Honey Egg Facial Scrub

Start with two egg whites. Separate the eggs, just as you would for cooking, retaining the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until they are foamy. Fold in a fourth cup each of olive oil, whole milk and honey. Add chickpea flour, a little at a time, until you reach a paste consistency. The mixture can be scented with essential oils, but it is not necessary. Lavender or rose scents are appealing.

Spread the honey egg facial scrub over your face, while rubbing it into the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Let the facial scrub remain on the face for approximately 5 minutes. Saturate a soft washcloth with warm water. Use the washcloth to remove the facial mask. Give a final rinse to the face to remove any remaining scrub.

Each individual ingredient benefits your skin in different ways. Olive oil adds nutrients, moisture and softness to the skin. Chickpea flour reduces puffiness. Honey adds nutrients and cleans out pores. Eggs firm the skin and milk acts as a moisturizer.

Sugar Facial Scrub

Almost everyone has white sugar in their kitchen cupboard. It is healthier to use on your skin, as an exfoliate, than to eat. The lovely oils smell delectable and leave your skin moisturized. This simple scrub is quick and easy to make. Choose between almond oil, olive oil or sesame oil, as desired.

Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup oil. Mix the two ingredients until they are fully mingled together, yet still a bit grainy. This facial scrub is primarily for the face and neck areas, but can also be used in the shower on elbows and knees. Always avoid the eye area when using any facial scrub, not only can it irritate the eye, but also the delicate surrounding skin. After the sugar facial scrub has remained on your skin for 5 minutes, rinse it off completely.

Oatmeal Facial Scrub

Oatmeal has long been used as an exfoliate ingredient in commercial, as well as homemade, scrubs. It leaves the skin smooth and silky. Feel free to extend this oatmeal facial scrub into the shower to use on legs, arms or other areas that may need some tender repair.

Place a half pound of glycerin soap base, found at craft and hobby stores, into a sauce pan. Heat, but do not boil, the soap base on medium-low heat. When all the base is melted, let it cool before proceeding. Chop ¼ cup oatmeal in the blender, until fine. Add to the blender the soap base, 1 tablespoon honey, ½ teaspoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon sweet almond oil. Blend the ingredients until a paste is formed. Spread the mixture over the face and gently rub around the forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and neck. Let the oatmeal scrub remain on the face for about 5 minutes. Rinse with clear water, until all the scrub is removed.

Tips

Place any remaining scrub into an airtight container and put it into the refrigerator. Before the next use, place the bottom of the container in a sink of hot water. This will soften it, as well as warm it up so it is more comfortable on your skin. Remember to apply and rub the facial scrub into the skin gently. Never over work it. Let the scrub ingredients do most of the work. After all, when the job is finished the skin should exhibit a healthy glow, not damaged, red splotches.

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How To Make Lip Balm At Home

Whether you are interested in exploring natural, homemade cosmetic-making or you are looking for simple, DIY products for gifts, making homemade lip balm is a fun project. Making lip balm at home allows you to make a custom product perfectly suited to you. Lip balms can be made with natural oils making them ideal for an eco-conscious or an individual with skin sensitivities.

Homemade lip balm

Homemade DIY Lip Balm

Choosing Your Ingredients

A good DIY lip balm begins with an oil or cosmetic butter base. There are many products that are appropriate for creating homemade lip balms. Recommended oils include coconut oil, sunflower oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil and almond oil. Each type of oil contains similar healing and moisturizing properties. In addition to choosing an oil base product, you may wish to add honey, an essential oil or a plant extract to add flavor. Lavender is recommended for stress relief, while rosemary is known to help heal cracked lips. Natural honey also possesses healing qualities and adds flavor to the product. Vitamin E oil helps moisturize dry, cracked lips and keeps healthy lips smooth. Ingredients can be purchased online from a variety of craft or soap making stores and most local craft stores will also carry what you need.

Things You’ll Need

4 tablespoons of oil base product
1 tablespoon of beeswax beads
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
2 to 5 drops of essential oil or plant extract oil (optional)
¼ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil or 1 Vitamin E oil capsule
Grater
Double boiler pan
Water
Whisk
Lip balm containers
Wire cooling rack
Eye dropper

 

DIY lip balm

How to Make Lip Balm

Step One:

Gently grate beeswax beads into a small bowl. A peel zester tool works well for grating beeswax.

Step Two:

Fill the base of your double boiler pan half full with water. Heat over high heat until the water begins to boil.

Step Three:

Turn down the heat. Add oil base, beeswax and essential or plant extract oil to the top of the double boiler. Whisk thoroughly until all ingredients are completely combined.

Step Four:

Add in vitamin E oil and honey. Whisk together until all of the ingredients are completely combined.

Step Five:
Open lip balm containers and place them on a wire cooling rack. Using an eyedropper, fill each container with the liquid, lip balm mixture.

Step Six:

Allow lip balm mixture to cool completely before using. As the product cools, the lip balm will stiffen. To speed up cooling, place cooling rack into the refrigerator.

DIY Lip Balm Tips and Tricks

Be sure to heat ingredients over low heat. Using a high temperature can burn the product, rendering the mixture unusable. This recipe should make 12 containers of lip balm, using standard, small containers. Containers with an easily removable, twist-on top are ideal for this project. Little plastic craft pots work nicely, but so do metal tins or tubes. You can also carefully clean and recycle old tubes or pots.

Want a tinted balm? You can add color to your lip balm by grating 1 teaspoon of your favorite colored lipstick into the pot when you add the honey and vitamin e oil. Or look for food safe color at your local store.

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