In the beauty world there have always been lots of options for lip gloss, but have you ever really thought about what exactly is in your lip gloss? After all you are placing that lip gloss on a prime part of your body and at some point you are bound to have a little taste of it. There are many benefits to switching to organic lip gloss. Not only can you make the lip gloss yourself, it’s much safer for your skin and your body and much more natural.
While making the switch to natural and organic lip products and glosses may seem like a challenge, it’s really no challenge at all. There are a lot of cosmetic companies out there that have natural, organic lip glosses to use and if these products are a little out of your price range, there are plenty of DIY organic lip glosses that you can make in the comfort of your own home. In no time you will have your lips shining with a beautiful, chemical-free natural glow.
What Exactly is in Lip Gloss?
The lip gloss that you buy at the store, while not completely terrible for you, do contain lots of chemicals that are not great for your skin and are also something that you should not be injecting, even if it’s just accidentally. Some common ingredients are:
- Solid Waxy Materials – lanolin oil, hydroxylated lanolin, polybutene and microcrystalline wax. Lanolin is a fatty substance that is found on sheep’s wool. While this ingredient is safe and natural, other waxy materials, like polybutene are not. Polybutene is a polymer, or plastic, and it is always smart to avoid plastics, especially plastics that contain BPA, which is really not healthy for you. Plastics also cause irritation in the skin, eyes and lungs and that’s a risk you don’t want to take when you are just applying lip gloss. Microcrystalline wax is produced by de-oiling petrolatum, which is usually a part of the petroleum refining process, while it’s unclear if this is unhealthy for you, beeswax is much better, especially when creating cosmetics like lip gloss.
- Color Pigments – lip glosses all have color and some of the most common pigments used to create color are titanium dioxide, iron oxides, mica, carmine, red 6 lake, red 7 lake, just to name a few. Titanium dioxide, iron oxide, mica and carmine are all minerals and there has always been a question of the safety of minerals in makeup. The others are chemical dyes, something that you should be very careful of when using and applying makeup with a lot of color.
- Fatty Acids & Esters – The stickiness of lip gloss comes from fatty acids and esters like ethyl hexyl, isopropyl, aloe extract and soybean oil, among others.
- Fragrance – If you are using a lip gloss with a lot of fragrances, chances are that is just a code word for chemicals. A lot of chemicals are needed to get that fragrant smell and usually a lot of chemicals means not good for your skin or your body
Making the Switch to Organic Lip Gloss
Now that we got the bad stuff out of the way and you know what is actually in the lip gloss that you have been using. It’s time to make the switch to organic lip gloss. There are a lot of natural ingredient lip glosses out there. But the great thing about natural products is that there is usually always an alternative to make them at home. Below are a few DIY lip glosses that are easy to make at home and will make your lips shine brighter than they have before.
DIY Organic Lip Gloss
1 teaspoon of beeswax or beeswax pellets
3 teaspoons shea butter
2 teaspoons coconut oil or almond oil
11 teaspoons of castor oil
½ teaspoon red or rose mica powder
10 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Melt the beeswax, the coconut oil and shea butter together. While this can be done in a microwave, the best way to melt them altogether is to put a small glass jar in a pot of simmering water, make sure it’s not boiling and melt, making sure not to get any water from the pot into your mixture. Stir gently.
- When the mixture has completely melted stir in your colors and essential oils, the essential oils gives the lip gloss it’s fragrance, so it’s completely up to you how you want your lip gloss to smell.
- Once you have added your colors and scents and it has been mixed into the mixture, use a syringe or a dropper and transfer your lip gloss into tins or tubes, whichever is your preference.
- Let cool.
- Once they have cooled, label your lip gloss and now they are ready for use!