Can I tell you a secret? I don’t actually own or wear much makeup. It kind of started when I had my first baby and I was bleary eyed all the time and makeup was just not worth the effort. By the time I had more kids, all of my makeup was destroyed by tiny, inquisitive children and I never bothered to replace it. Instead, I opted for simple mascara and lip gloss, maybe a little blush now and then. (My skin has never felt better, so I guess that’s a win!)
I’m kind of addicted to making my own beauty products now. I have super sensitive skin, and I’m pretty picky about what I will put on it. Coconut oil is my saving grace (add another to the 101 uses list!). I use it for everything. And it so happens to make the perfect lip gloss and cheek stain, too. How many commercial blushes or lip glosses are safe enough to eat? Exactly.
DIY Coconut Oil Lip Gloss
This recipe calls for four ingredients: coconut oil, shea butter, cranberry and beetroot powder. My local health food store carries both of those powders in the bulk spice and herb section. But I’ve also seen the cranberry powder at Whole Foods. (Online is another good source for both.) I have also been buying freeze-dried cranberries for a few years and they work great here too – just give them a spin in the spice grinder. Cold weather means chapped lips, at least for me. Shea butter adds extra moisturizing and a bit more firmness to the texture.
It’s important to let the mixture cool before transferring to a jar. As it cools, the coconut oil and shea butter will solidify. The color might separate a little bit from the main mixture. As it cooled, I made sure to keep stirring it to keep the color particles suspended and it worked great. When it had cooled completely, I beat the mixture with a spoon to give it an almost whipped texture that was very creamy and smooth. A little dab or two is all you need for pretty cheeks and lips.
Both coconut oil and shea butter melt at body temperature and will absorb into the skin leaving that light layer of color on top of your cheeks and lips. For a more balm-like texture, beeswax can be added. The cheek stain and gloss will keep for a few months stored in a cool, dry place. The mixture can melt a bit if the room temperature is too hot. (Adding beeswax will also help with that if you live in a warm climate or make this during the summer.)
DIY: Cranberry Coconut Lip Gloss + Cheek Stain
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1-2 teaspoons shea butter
- 1/2 teaspoon beeswax pellets (optional, see note)
- 1 tablespoon freeze-dried cranberry powder
- 1/2 teaspoons beetroot powder
- In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil. Add the cranberry and beetroot powders. Let stand for 30-60 minutes, or longer to infuse the oil. If using adding beeswax, heat the coconut oil again and add the beeswax, allowing it to melt completely. Let cool until still fairly warm, but not too hot. Strain the warm oil through a several layers of cheesecloth placed over a fine mesh sieve. Press gently on the solids to extract as much of the oil as possible. Stir in the shea butter (it should melt easily if the oil is warm enough.) Let cool.
- As the mixture cools, it may start to separate a little bit. Stir to keep the color particle suspended in the coconut oil. When it's solidified, gently beat it with a spoon until light and creamy. Transfer to a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. Keep somewhere cool. Will keep for several months.
The beeswax is optional. It will give the gloss a firmer texture, more like a balm.The gloss melts easily on the skin; only a small amount is needed.For a darker shade, add more beetroot powder. For a different shade, mica powder could also be added.