A good frugal gift idea is to mix three tablespoons all vegetable shortening and a package of Kool-Aid and microwave for one minute. Pour into small containers bought at novelty stores, place lids on containers and put in refrigerator overnight. Now you have homemade lip gloss. Great for all the girls! Any flavor Kool-Aid can be used.
There are good lip glosses in drugstores that are reasonably priced so try some. I used to make my own lip gloss/balm using either beeswax or paraffin. Melt a small amount in a glass jar set into a pot of simmering water. Add a piece of old lipstick to give color, also add a little oil. I used baby oil since it had a nice scent. Mix with a wooden chopstick or some such disposable item. To check the consistency, put a few drops onto a plate and see how it hardens. If it's too soft, add more wax. If it's too hard, add oil. Pour finished balm into small jars. (07/16/2009)
Re-use your empty tubes or empty gloss/balm pots. Recipe: Makes 3 tubes.
2 tsp. beeswax (chop or grate it, then measure)
2 1/4 tsp. jojoba or coconut oil
Melt wax and oil together double boiler style. Stir to combine. Pour into your containers. Let cool for about 20 minutes. (If you want it glossier look just add a teeny tiny bit more jojoba or coconut oil.) For fun, add three or four chocolate chips while melting for a yummy flavoring. (07/21/2009)
Please. Check out the ingredients that are in lip glosses you are using. And paying a higher price does not guarantee better ingredients. Almost every commercial lip gloss contains alcohol. The kind that dries out your lips. Some also contain harmful preservatives. I make all natural lip gloss and other bath and body products and have spent thousands of hours in research and I am just trying to help people use the safest products possible.
You should not use Vaseline or any other petroleum oil or jelly. They are made from petroleum. The same thing gasoline is made from. And products made from petroleum are known carcinogens. The recipe from Deeli has the best ingredients in this list and one in the archives calls for shea butter, another good ingredient.
Crisco will not taste the best unless enough of the Kool Aid is used to cover it. Adult lipstick should not be put into lip gloss for kids because it contains many ingredients, such as coal tar, that should never be used by children or teens. Adults can decide to use this carcinogen if they want to, but youngsters do not have the experience to make such a judgment call.
Use a recipe with beeswax or carnauba wax (not the car wax, but the natural product from the plant), almond oil, castor oil or jojoba. Coconut oil is good for a secondary oil, but can be slightly drying if used as the only oil. Cocoa butter can also be used for a little more body for the lip gloss. Hope this helps. (08/10/2009)
Oh, goody I can't wait to share this recipe. Just put desired amount of petroleum jelly (Vaseline), and a smaller amount of honey in a small bowl, put in microwave for 30 seconds, take out, check, repeat until liquid, than let it sit out for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy. I have never tried a better more moisturizing lip gloss/balm ever. (11/30/2009)
I like mixing Crisco solid with honey and putting it in a container that used to have Blistex in it, those round little pots. It is so good and it is good for you. Crisco solid is the best for dry skin too. Great for babies bottoms. Robyn (12/05/2009)
I am not so sure it's safe to use Crisco mixed with anything unless you're going to use it up in a very, very, very short period of time. Crisco, even uncooked, goes rancid in a super short period of time after originally unsealing the container. Mixing it with other foods to use on your mouth, which most certainly will be ingested, is not a safe idea to me :-(
There are lots of safe, long term alternatives in the archived links below. (12/05/2009)
Years ago, I asked my daughter what shade of lipstick she used and learned she hadn't used any for years--just Vaseline. So I tried it and within 2-4 weeks, my lips had very good color without lipstick, and no more cracking in winter. It's been more than 20 years and it's still working just great. I put it on at bedtime and once in the morning. I keep a tiny metal container in my purse. Really cheap! (12/08/2009)