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How to Make Your Own Homemade Flavoured, Coloured, Scented or Glittery Lip Gloss or Balm

Updated on August 29, 2010
Making your own lip gloss is fun!
Making your own lip gloss is fun!

These days, some form of lip treatment is a very integral part of a woman's makeup purse. There are a wide range of lip sticks, liners, glosses, stains and balms out there on the market, all in varying colours, flavours and scents. However, who needs to pay big money for these when you can make your very own lip gloss or balm at home? You can include ingredients in your recipe to make a plumping lip gloss, or even match it to your favourite lipstick shade! Here you will find a basic lip gloss recipe with many variations, so you can make a lip gloss or balm that's just right for you!

Body glitter is a great addition to any homemade lip gloss or balm.
Body glitter is a great addition to any homemade lip gloss or balm.

You will need:

Petroleum jelly, original Vaseline or similarly named product.

Lipstick (optional)

Glitter (optional)

Eye shadow (optional)

Vanilla/peppermint essence (optional)

You can dress up your homemade lip gloss by putting it in cute containers, such as these.
You can dress up your homemade lip gloss by putting it in cute containers, such as these.

The first and most basic ingredient of any homemade lip gloss or balm is petroleum jelly. You can usually find this in the personal care or medical aisle of your local supermarket. There are a few varieties, but they all do the same job, and so to make a cheap lip treatment you should stick to the supermarket's own brand. Petroleum jelly has a moisturising and conditioning effect on your lips.

Here is a basic recipe to make your own homemade lip gloss or balm:

1)  Scoop out the desired amount of petroleum jelly that you want to make your lip balm into a bowl. The amount of petroleum jelly you use roughly equates to the amount of lip gloss you will have.

2) Melt the petroleum jelly in the microwave, keeping a careful eye on it. You want it to be a nice, runny consistency.

3) Add your other ingredients.

4) Pour the lip gloss or balm into a container and leave to set. If you're impatient, you can put it in the fridge, but do not freeze it.

5) Congratulations! You now have your very own homemade lip gloss!

Japanese male wearing lip gloss.
Japanese male wearing lip gloss.
Janice Dickinson wearing lip gloss.
Janice Dickinson wearing lip gloss.

To make a glittery or shimmery lip balm:

After you have melted your petroleum jelly, you can add ingredients such as loose glitter (found in craft stores) or loose body glitter (which you can find in the cosmetic section of most discount variety stores).

Additionally, if you want your lip gloss or balm to have a little shimmer, you can add some crushed or loose shimmery eyeshadowin the mix.

To make a lip gloss or balm that matches your favourite lipstick shade:

Once again, after you have melted the petroleum jelly, you can cut little bits off your favourite (or any) lip stick and add it to the mix, microwaving it again to soften the lipstick. Then, simply mix it up and you're good to pour it into a container. Take care to make sure there are no lipstick lumps.

To make a scented/flavoured lip balm:

You can make your own scented or flavoured lip gloss or balm by adding an extract to your melted petroleum mix. These may include peppermint or vanilla for a nice scent and flavour. also, adding peppermint extract into your lip treatment will give your lips a nice tingly feeling after putting it on.

To make a plumping lip gloss:

To make a plumping lip gloss or balm, all you need to do is add some plumping lip treatment like Avon's Plumping Lip Conditioner. You can use this in place of or additional to lipstick.

Other variations:

Don't be afraid to get creative with your lip gloss or balm making! As a substitute for or addition to your extract or essence, you may like to try other fruit juices to get a really nice combo. You can add a little honey to the mixture to sweeten it, or even food colouring for a really bright shade like fire-engine red. If you have loose black eyeshadow or powder you can also make a really nice black lip gloss. Other cosmetics make great additions to this recipe, too. Fruity or glittery body sprays work really well. Its all just a matter of experimentation. These recipes only take a few miutes and will save you lots of money.

These home made lip glosses are great to keep for yourself or give away as cheap but cute gifts. Your friends are sure to love them! You can dress up your lip gloss or balm by pouring it into a cute little container, which you can find locally or on eBay. You may also wish to re-use lip gloss containers. 


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      Anonymous 3 years ago

      Um, two things:

      Petroleum jelly is made from petroleum (hence the name), and I don't think it's safe or a good idea to put fossil fuel in lip product because you will be consuming some if it's near your mouth.

      Second, go read the ingredient label of your body spray. Do you want that junk in or near your mouth? Then don't put it in your lip balm.

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      zebs 4 years ago

      this web is great! it makes it so easy simple with simple everyday ingredients and it! thanks

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      August's Angel 5 years ago

      This is a great recipe! Vaseline really is the ultimate moisturizer. This recipe was really helpful because the idea of putting Vaseline alone on your lips can be pretty weird!

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      Lol101 6 years ago

      Only bad thing is that petroleum jelly taste. It's still a good idea. I tried using baby oil instead but I still taste, lol. I'm going to a smaller amount of the oil and more flavor. ;)

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      Lol101 6 years ago

      Omg!! Fave topic: Homemade free lip gloss! I put Vaseline, Nesquik, and a little water. Heat in a bowl for ONLY 30 SECONDS in a microwaveable bowl and Voila! Set in fridge to cool down and you have a SUPER tasty lip gloss for pretty much free! For more taste, I added a pinch of sugar and you could also melt some chocolate chips!! I LOOOOVE lip gloss! Ps. Nicole's idea is tasty to: add your fave extract!!!!

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      fallen 6 years ago

      Where did you get the cupcake containers?

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      Choke Frantic 7 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      PaperNotes: I'm pretty sure that if you put a little petroleum jelly into a heat-safe bowl, then sat it in a pot of boiling water it would melt. It might just take longer.

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      geekchick 7 years ago

      I've always wanted to try this, but was never really sure how to go about it. I'm going to try this out tomorrow. Thanks!

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Informative hub. What if there is no microwave available. Can the petroleum jelly be melted on a stove?

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      Nicole A. Winter 8 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Hey, if you add cinnamon to the lip gloss it can have a plumping effect and is much cheaper. I'm not sure how you'd do that, maybe you could add cinnamon extract? I love this hub, thanks, Choke Frantic!

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      This is a well thought hub. Very detailed and informative. It is a must read for all entrepreneurs and prospective ones. Where are the ladies, please read and learn from this hub, no knowledge is a waste.