How To Make Moisturizing Homemade Lip Gloss That Looks & Feels Great

Here’s a natural homemade lip gloss that moisturizes & glides across the lips. A few passes of this over your lips in the morning will keep them looking & feeling amazing.

Homemade lip gloss

Ever wanted to replicate your favorite lip gloss? I’ve got a homemade lip gloss recipe that will help you do exactly that. And, due to the moisturizing power of its ingredients, and the way it glides across the lips, I’m going to describe this particular recipe as a cross between a DIY lip gloss and a DIY lip balm

I have given this lip gloss a fresh, minty scent but feel free to substitute this with a cosmetic safe flavoring you want. You could use a drop of lip-friendly essential oil, such as Lavender or orange. 

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While this will totally give your lips a lovely, shiny appearance, the biggest draw to this recipe for me is how amazing it is at softening the skin of your lips, as well as protecting it from the elements. 

I find that sometimes it’s a choice of aesthetics over practicality. But if you make your own lip gloss it allows you to do both. You can look great and feel great at the same time! 

What’s In This Homemade Lip Gloss Recipe

Homemade lip gloss

So let’s take a close look at some of the key natural ingredients we’re using to make lip gloss.

Liquid Lecithin

Plant-derived Lecithin is a good replacement for synthetic emulsifiers and has been used for hundreds of years. It adds a lovely thick creaminess to your DIY lip gloss that’s both sticky and slow penetrating. This is exactly what you want!  

how to make lip gloss

If you’ve never heard of Lecithin; it’s a wonderful natural ingredient that is suitable for all skin types and is one of the best moisturizing ingredients on the market. 

It is full of nourishing goodness that traps moisture within the skin while adding a protective layer, making this the perfect gloss for anyone prone to dry and chapped lips. 

On the downside, it can have a bit of an odor, so I would always recommend adding a couple of drops of essential oil or flavoring here. 

Carrier Oils

add your vitamin e oil

Castor oil is my number one choice for a diy lip gloss, as it has a naturally glossy look and easily glides across the skin. 

Coconut oil is another high shine, slow penetrating oil. It has some lovely skin-softening values and is suitable for the most sensitive areas. 

Last but not least is the olive oil. This can be replaced with another slow-penetrating oil, but honestly, why would you? It’s so easy to get your hands on it. You can buy it at your local grocery store! It has some good anti-aging values and has been used in skincare since ancient times.



Beeswax will thicken the gloss and give it some good stability. It’s a common ingredient in lip balms due to its softening abilities and the way it gives the lips a protective barrier against the elements.

DIY lip gloss base without beeswax

Our vegan friends will want to make use of candelilla wax as a substitute. However, it has double the stiffening power of beeswax and so you will want to use half as much. This will lower the weight of your lip gloss, though, and may make it less glossy overall. Check out my vegan lip balm recipe for more vegan options.

Colors, Tints & Dyes

mica/pigment for a lip gloss recipe

I’ve used red iron oxide and a silver sparkle mica in my lip gloss. This will give the lips a nice red shimmer (depending on how much you add). You can totally replace the red oxide with mica but unlike oxides, mica doesn’t transfer any color to the lips. Mica just gives your lips a dewy gloss. 

There are some fantastically vibrant colors and glitter around that can be teamed up with a fruity flavoring, too. Either way, you will want to add a bit of color or you will end up with a beige-looking lip gloss that doesn’t look very appealing, and who wants a beige day! 

You can also color your lip gloss by using other natural ingredients such as beetroot powder for red lips, hibiscus powder for pink lips, or cocoa powder for brown lips.

Does Homemade Lip Gloss Need A Preservative?

Before I show you how to make lip gloss, it’s worth mentioning that this recipe has been made with only oil-based products. This is great because you don’t need a preservative and it will last about a year (approx). Vitamin E oil is included in my recipe as an antioxidant which helps to slow down oxidization.

Best Lip Gloss Containers

Transfer DIY lip gloss to acontainer, you may need a syringe if you're using lip gloss bottles

You can buy small 10ml lip gloss containers and tubes on Amazon for a very reasonable price.

If this is your first time purchasing these, do yourself a favor and choose the ones that come with the syringes, it just makes this job so much easier and they can be washed and stored ready for next time. The lip gloss isn’t suitable for a pot or tin as it isn’t solid enough.

Homemade lip gloss

How To Make Natural Lip Gloss At Home

A natural homemade lip gloss recipe that moisturizes and glides across the lips, A few passes of this over your lips in the morning and it'll keep your lips looking and feeling amazing!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield: 4 10ml Tubes
Author: Angela Wills
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  • Start making your homemade lip gloss by weighing out the castor, olive, coconut oil, and beeswax, into a heatproof container.
    16 grams Castor Oil, 10 grams Olive Oil, 6 grams Coconut Oil, 3 grams Beeswax
    Start by weighing out your oils and wax
  • Place the container with the oils into a water bath or double boiler to melt. You can do this by filling a pan with a little water and bringing it to a boil, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and place the container into the water. Continue to simmer gently until the wax and coconut oil have both melted.
    Melt them together in a waterbath
  • Once the oils have melted, remove the mixture from the heat and let them start to cool. You will need to stir them whilst they are cooling.
    Allow to cool until it begins to look opaque
  • As the oils cool they will begin to look more opaque. Once this happens it’s time to stir in the Lecithin. You may be wondering why I'm adding this at the cooling down phase rather than adding it to the heating phase. Let me explain. 
    Lecithin can sometimes separate when it's overheated and I wanted to make this DIY lip gloss as foolproof as possible. Lecithin doesn't need to be heated unless it's being used as an emulsifier. As we’re not emulsifying anything, why bother?    
    4 grams Liquid Lecithin
    Add the lecithin
  • As the lipgloss cools below 40c we can stir in the vitamin E.
    1 gram Vitamin E Oil
    Once it is below 40C you can add your vitamin e
  • Once you're happy with the color, add a couple of drops of essential oil or flavor. Im using pepermint essetial oil.
    Add your essential oil
  • Now the fun part, creating the color! Whether you are using an oxide, mica or a mix of both like I am, you will only need small amounts. 
    Remember that you can always add more, but can’t take any out. I find it useful to add a little then try it.
    Red Oxide, Mica Powders
    Add your mica/pigment
  • When the lip gloss is completely cool it can be transferred to a lip gloss applicator, wand, container or tube ready for use.
    4 10ml Lip Gloss Tubes
    Transfer to container, you may need a syringe if you're using lip gloss bottles
  • As this lip gloss recipe contains no water, you don’t need to worry about a preservative. It should keep for up to a year.
    Your lip gloss doesn't need a preservative, and should stay good for up to a year (approx)


This recipe makes 40g (fills four 10ml tubes), but you can use the slider above to increase or decrease the recipe
Category: DIY Makeup
Cuisine: N/A
Difficulty: Easy

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Final Thoughts

A few passes of this over your lips in the morning and it’ll keep your lips looking and feeling amazing! I throw mine in my purse when I’m on the go, so I can touch up a few times throughout the day.

While I wish we could be more creative with pigments in this lip gloss recipe, I feel something relatively neutral is a good choice. That way you can wear it along with your lipstick if you so wish.

If you make your own lip gloss please let me know how you get on in the comments section below. I love to hear about your experiences. I’ll also do my best to answer any and all questions you have.

So, now that we understand how to make lip gloss and homemade lip balms, the next step is to move on to learning how to make other types of makeup. That’s my goal. It’s such an exciting world to explore and it’s been a while since I found something that interested me that I wasn’t also already pretty knowledgeable about already.

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Angela Wills

Hi, I'm Angela, and I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I’m fearlessly dedicated to creating tried, tested recipes & products that will work for everyone. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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Discussion (27 Comments)

  1. I just want to thank you for sharing your way of making lip gloss. I’m so excited to try this way and looking forward to a new beginning. I am new to it and always looking for ways to learn and get better. I was getting frustrated researching and when i came across you, i have to say you made it so much better and easier for me to follow. Thank you so much.5 stars

  2. Hi actually I am very interested to make this..and
    What if I use other brands of castor oil,coconut oil and olive oil.. It will make any difference..? And one more is lecithin good for skin?5 stars

    • Hi Riya,

      Absolutely you can use different brands. Providing they’re good quality ingredients you shouldn’t have any problems. As for the skin benefits of lecithin – I have found it to be quite skin softening, and lends some stickiness to this product.


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