How To Make A DIY Lip-Gloss

how to make a DIY lipgloss

Here’s how to make a DIY lip gloss, which would make a perfect gift for the girls in your life, anytime, anywhere.  The best part about this lip gloss is the fact that a) you’re now a superstar for knowing how to make your own makeup, and b) the lip gloss is all kinds of natural: coconut oil, beeswax, essential oil?  What’s not to love?

make diy lipgloss

So, you probably want to  know how to make this lip gloss already, yes?  Here’s the skivvy:

Supplies* for How to Make a DIY lip-gloss

  • beeswax
  • coconut oil
  • essential oil
  • toothpicks (for stirring)
  • double boiler
  • cheap lipstick for lip-gloss color
  • small containers with screw on lids
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  • Melt beeswax in a double boiler on high until completely melted.  When it’s completely melted, add coconut oil using a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil to beeswax (at least).  I started out with 1/2 cup of beeswax and 1 cup of coconut oil.
  • Mix together until the beeswax and coconut oil are completely combined and have a thin, liquid consistency.
  • Using a dropper, grab some of the mix and squirt it out on a piece of wax paper.  When it has cooled down, test the lip gloss on your lips and see if it’s smooth or still has a waxy consistency.
  • If the lip gloss is perfect, you’re almost done.  Skip down a few steps.
  • If the lip gloss is waxy, you still have some work to do.
  • If you feel wax on your lips, add more coconut oil one tablespoon at a time until completely melted.
  • Test, mix, add, test.
  • When you’re completely satisfied with the texture, add a slice of lipstick (I used really cheap Wet n’ Wild .99 cent lip stick in a bright pink) and mix it in, until you’re satisfied with the color.  The lip stick isn’t actually going to make the lip gloss pink on your lips, unless you add a ton, but it’s pretty and will make the lip gloss more aesthetically pleasing.  So you should probably do it.
  • Now’s the time for your essential oil to shine.  I added about 15 drops of peppermint essential oil per batch (at least), but it’s totally up to you.  Make it as gloriously peppermint-y as you’d like.
  • Use the dropper to transfer the lip gloss from the pot to the containers, filling nearly to the top.
  • Repeat into separate jars until done, letting the lip gloss cool completely before screwing on lids.
  • Package and repeat.

This makes about 4-5 small containers of lip gloss.

make diy lipgloss

Supplies for packaging:

  • paper bags
  • circle labels from Avery
  • cupcake liners
  • stamps
  • baker’s twine
  • stamps
  • stamp pad

I’m a fan of simple, inexpensive packaging so I packaged up the lip gloss using white paper bags.  Fold the top of the bag over and staple it down.  Then layer decorative cupcake liners on top of one another and staple in the middle.  Stamp letters on the circle labels and stick to the bag.  Tie some baker’s twine around the top (if you want) and gift away.

Have fun learning how to make a DIY lip gloss.  Every girl in your life (especially you) will love you till the end of days.

*supply sources: I bought the beeswax and essential oil at a health food store, the coconut oil from Trader Joe’s +/or Costco, lipstick from the $1 store, small bead containers with screw on lids from Michael’s craft store, Avery circle labels from Office Max.


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. jamie :

    can i sub soy wax for the beeswax?

    • Allison :

      I”m sure you can, try it!

  2. Rebecca :

    A good sub for beeswax if you’re looking for a vegan alternative is candelilla wax. Or try palm kernel flakes, though you may want to reduce the amount of coconut oil as palm kernel flakes have a lower melt point than waxes.

    • Allison :

      Thank you Rebecca!

  3. Marie :

    So awesome! These will make fabulous gifts!!

  4. Laurie Zollicoffee-Neal :

    WOW! Think I’m going to add this to my KWANZAA gift list as well! Thank you so much.