Homemade Naturally Plumping Lip Gloss
When I was in high school, the ultimate beauty status-symbols were the big department store cosmetics. Beautiful packaging, funny names, alluring pigments—and a really steep price tag—were all what we wanted in our purses.
One of my favorite highfalutin lip glosses came in a tiny bottle and claimed to “plump” your lips without cosmetic injections. Deliciously tingly and smelling of cinnamon, when I started making my other cosmetics and natural body products a few years ago, I decided to try my hand at making this plumping lip gloss myself with natural ingredients, at a fraction of the cost!
This recipe is ultra-simple and would make adorable Christmas or New Year’s gifts (all that glitters IS gold, haha!). The gold mica shimmer catches the light, making any red, pink, or brown lipstick pop and it also compliments most skin tones if worn alone. My version is more mild (less tingly) than the store-bought version, but I was afraid of over-doing it and it turning out too strong. Make sure to spot test yours before allying it to your lips!
Unlike my Lemon Balm Nourishing Lip Gloss recipe, I wanted to make a lip gloss that would REALLY shine. That lip gloss is meant more for moisturizing and providing relief for chapped lips, as well as, possible cold sore relief. This lip gloss, I wanted to be strictly cosmetic (pardon the pun), but it turns out, some of these ingredients are great for you skin too!
Let’s take a look at our ingredients, shall we?
If you have a grandma, you most certainly have heard of castor oil! A long-time remedy used for constipation, it also has many industrial uses as a replacement for petroleum jelly in many natural cosmetics. It is extremely lubricating, which means it will sit on your lips well, without “soaking in” too quickly, resulting in lost shine. You can read more about this interesting oil here.
**Please Note: Castor oil has some allergenic proteins in it, so MAKE SURE to do a small spot test on your arm before trying this recipe on your lips.
While thinking of tingly, spicy extracts to use in this lip gloss, cinnamon was my first go-to. It has antibacterial properties, as well as, being anti-inflammatory and warming. Cinnamon is a wonderful herb. You’ll need to use non-alcoholic cinnamon extract (make sure it’s real, organic, and not imitation) in your recipe. You can read more about the properties of cinnamon here.
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Naturally Plumping Lip Gloss
- This is a dump-and-stir recipe.
- I heated mine a little in a water bath (pyrex measuring cup in a pan of simmering water) just for good measure (the canner in me likes things hot before being added to a jar). Wait until it has been removed from the heat to add the shimmer.
- Let it cool before adding it to your tubes.
- When it comes to the strength of your cinnamon, start with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon extract and try it as you mix it. If it’s too weak, add another 1/4 tsp. Continue doing this until you reach your preference of strength. Do not use more than 1 tsp!
- BE CAREFUL, the warming can take 5-15 minutes to reach full strength on your skin, so wait that amount of time between trying it with increased strength.
**Please note: I DO NOT recommend using essential oils in this tutorials. Cinnamon Essential Oil (both leaf and bark) can be corrosive and cause burns/blisters when used on skin undiluted or on sensitive skin.
I LOVE this lip gloss! It warms your lips, bringing natural color to them when applied alone and has just a hint of golden shimmer that brings a healthy-looking glow to your face It can also be applied over colored lipstick for a natural shine and complimentary golden sheen. If you like making your own beauty products, make sure to follow my DIY Natural Beauty board on Pinterest for more ideas from me and other bloggers!
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