Our lips might be sealed, but they are still vulnerable against extreme weather and dryness. Using a lipgloss is an excellent way to keep them soft and healthy. With only five minutes of preparation, you can make your own Mint Chocolate Lip Gloss by mixing together cocoa butter, peppermint, and organic oils.
Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body. They can lift you above the clouds when you kiss someone, but they can also cause pain. You will often realize the skin on your lips starting to peel off in cold weather, or even cause bleeding cracks.
You might also be one of those people biting into the lips out of anxiety. Whatever the case is, we all want to have pink, soft, and smooth lips. Lip gloss is perhaps the most straightforward method of achieving soft and ripe lips, but it’s not a pleasant feeling when some of it gets into your mouth.
After all, you don’t know what chemicals they put into the products purchased at cosmetic stores. Alternatively, you can make your own homemade lip gloss in a matter of minutes, and we can guarantee that it will be much cheaper than the ones you buy.
The most fundamental ingredient of any lip gloss is a carrier oil. You could choose anything from sesame to olive oil; it depends on the consistency and aroma of your desire. In this recipe, I chose a combination of coconut oil and almond oil.
Coconut oil, besides its dominant and sweet aroma, is one of nature’s best healers. There is not much that can’t be fixed with the help of coconut oil. It is a perfect regulator for your metabolism, especially your kidney functions, as well as for your bone strength.
It is also one of the best remedies for dry skin conditions such as eczema. Other benefits include fat burning, antimicrobial effects, and strengthening the teeth and gum. The list can go on forever.
Moving onto almond oil, it brings a whole different range of benefits for your body. Apart from nourishing your digestive and cardiac health, it also regulates your blood sugar. As you can see from the Lemon Thyme Salt Scrub recipe, it is the number one remedy for moisturizing the skin and protecting it against sun damage.
The rest of making a lip gloss is up to your creativity. I am using cocoa butter because it is an excellent moisturizer that forms a protective barrier over your skin to prevent excessive water loss. I am also adding a few drops of Vitamin E oil, another moisturizer used to combat aging and pigmentation.
The final touch is 1-2 drops of peppermint extract. I always keep a bottle of peppermint oil, as it not only relieves headaches and cramps but also keeps the breath fresh. That’s it! Now, let’s talk about the simple recipe.
- Place all ingredients in a small heat-safe bowl (glass or metal is good) and set aside.
- Place a small saucepan with about 1 inch of water in it over medium-low heat, and heat until the water is steaming and simmering.
- Set the bowl on top of the steaming pot of water, taking care that the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water.
- Using a small spoon or spatula, slowly melt the ingredients until they are melted and thoroughly combined. This should take about 5 minutes.
- When the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth, pour the lip gloss into a sterilized small container and allow to cool to room temperature until solid, about 1 hour.
- Store the lip gloss in your purse or in the fridge, but be cautious that it will melt under hot temperatures! Apply with your finger or a small brush.
* The lip gloss should keep for up to two months.
* DIY recipe adapted from Our Everyday Life. This post was originally published on 03/2012 by Jaclyn. Notes and photos updated on 05/2022.
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One annoying issue about homemade lipgloss – especially in summer – is that it tends to liquefy under hot temperatures. One thing I would suggest would be to add one tablespoon of grater wax, such as beeswax pearls.
This will bring an extra step in the beginning since you should first melt the wax in a microwaveable container on high for one minute. Then, you can stir in the oil combination using chopsticks. You can find wax at a local Earth Fare, Michales, Hobby Shop, AC Moore, or GNC, or alternatively order it online.
I would NOT recommend using petroleum-based products like Vaseline or paraffin wax. Not only can they trigger allergies, but the crude oil in these products can cause your lips to get chapped in the long run. Also, they smell awfully strong in my opinion.
If you are allergic to a particular type of oil (in this case, almond oil), you can easily replace it with any mild oil, including olive oil.
If you don’t want to use cocoa butter, or simply can’t find it, you can just substitute extra coconut oil and skip it altogether. Alternatively, you can use shea butter, avocado butter, or mango butter. Keep in mind that the consistency of the final product will be different, probably softer.
You can pour your lip gloss into 5g small containers an store it for up to two months. Make sure you keep the containers in a cool environment away from sunlight and any device that emits steam (kettle, dishwasher, etc). Alternatively, you can pour your mint chocolate lip gloss into lip balm tubes (preferably the eco-friendly ones).
Coloring The Lip Balm Naturally
If you want to add color to your mint chocolate lip gloss without compromising the natural content, you can use beetroot powder, alkanet root, or cranberry powder. One thing to remember is that they are not soluble in oil, so the powder may clump in the oil mixture.
So, if you want to dissolve the powder smoothly in your lip gloss, you should dissolve it in vegetable glycerin first. Glycerin has a lot of benefits, from moisturizing to treating mouth ulcers, and sores.
Yep, here is the formula for perfectly healthy and kissable lips. Applying this mint chocolate lip gloss daily will boost your health more than you can expect. The only problem is that you will have a constant urge to lick your lips because of its irresistible aroma, so make sure you are ready to make a second batch!
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