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Start making your homemade lip gloss by weighing out the castor, olive, coconut oil, and beeswax, into a heatproof container.
Place the container with the oils into a water bath 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.
Once the oils have melted, remove them from the heat and let them start to cool. You will need to stir them whilst they are cooling.
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?
As the lipgloss cools below 40c we can stir in the vitamin E.
Once you're happy with the color, add a couple of drops of essential oil or flavor.
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.
When the lip gloss is completely cool it can be transferred to a lip gloss wand container or tubes ready for use.
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.
This recipe makes 40g (fills four 10ml tubes), but you can use the slider above to increase or decrease the recipe