If you’re interested in making some organic switches in your health and beauty routine, but not quite ready to go all in, this DIY Organic Lipgloss is the perfect project! It’s really easy, AND you can make it under five minutes! (Bonus: the tinted version also doubles as a cheek stain!)
I’ve been buying organic, but pre-made, glosses and lip treatments for a while now, but I made a batch of this organic lipgloss a few weeks ago and haven’t looked back. It’s made from shea butter & oils, so it’s super hydrating, and you can customize the color to be as heavy or light as you want. In fact, I’m posting two different versions so you can make a tinted or a clear gloss.
Conventional lipstick is full of chemicals, many of which are toxic and have been linked to cancer and disease. I’m not trying to be a fear-monger. I know tons of people use conventional beauty products their entire lives and are fine, but I personally stay as far away from chemicals as I can, especially in the products I consume and use directly on my skin and face. I prefer to know exactly what’s in the products I eat and use on my body so that I can make sure everything that I use is the best possible quality and won’t have any detrimental effects. Self-care is a top priority for me, and if it is for you, too, you really might want to look into making your own skin-care products.
I know there’s the whole dirty-hippie stigma around making skin-care products, or you may think you can’t make effective products yourself, but that stuff just isn’t true. The items I use to care for my body are organic and pure, and they actually do an even better job than the conventional stuff I used to use. Try this lipgloss for yourself and see!
- 1 tbs organic shea butter, melted
- 1 tsp organic rosehip seed oil
- 1/2 tsp (more or less for darker or lighter color) organic beet powder (optional) OR 1/2 teaspoon of organic honey
- Melt the shea butter in a glass dish for one minute in the microwave.
- Add in the rosehip seed oil and beet powder and whisk very well. Be sure to break up any clumps, otherwise your gloss will not go on smoothly. (Skip the beet powder and see below for clear version.)
- Microwave for an additional minute after mixing to help combine everything, and then whisk again. If making the clear gloss, add honey only after the final microwave--do not microwave the mix with honey.
- Pour into a small container or empty chapstick tube and let cool. You can cool it in the refrigerator to speed up the process. Check it after a few minutes to make sure the beet powder isn't settling (if it is, just re-stir).
- That's it! The lipgloss will firm up after cooling and become thick and creamy.
- Beet powder, obviously, is for the tinted version. Leave it out for a clear gloss and use honey instead. The beet version will look very, very dark while you're making it, but once the mix cools it will lighten somewhat and will appear even lighter on.
- Be sure to get pure ground beet root, not a supplement in pill form. The encapsulated kind has stabilizing ingredients that make the powder too grainy to use in lipgloss.
You can order organic beet root powder, shea butter, and rosehip seed oil on Amazon (affiliate links), or, if you’re local, the Healthy Life Market sells them all. The beet root powder is in the bulk section. I bought a small packet for 90 cents! If you’re not local and don’t want to order online, try Whole Foods or another natural grocer.
Check out my post on holistic skin care to learn more!