A lip gloss moisturizes and protects the lips while providing a light glossy finish. They provide silky, shiny and vibrant look to the lips. Lip gloss is also a clear and lightweight alternative to lipstick with a wet glow. Lip gloss creates a casual and relaxed palette.
Lip gloss can be both colorless and colored. They can be worn alone or over the lipstick. Some lip glosses contain sun blocking ingredients too, so they protect the sensitive lip area while imparting a gorgeous and slick glow.
Consumer Education and Research Society, Ahmedabad, in April 2010 revealed that many popular lipstick brands have a high lead content (up to 25 parts per million). Lead can cause learning, language and behavioural problems, and can develop miscarriage and infertility. Children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure.
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How to use a lip gloss
Spread a small amount of lip gloss evenly on your lips making a thin layer. Do not put on too much.
Apply lip gloss in the middle area of the lips only. Do not apply lip gloss on the lip edges, as this can look messy.
Alternatively, too much lip gloss can push someone away, especially if it is sticky.
Who Invented Lip Gloss
In 1932, The cosmetic house Max Factor invented the first commercially available lip gloss, known as X-Rated in 1932. Procter and Gamble purchased the Max Factor line of cosmetics in 1991 and stopped the production of X-Rated lip gloss in 2003.
How To Make Lip Gloss
Making your own lip gloss can be fun, exciting and tasty.
Ingredients for Lip Gloss
If you check the ingredients of a commercial lip gloss, you will find that it contains alcohol. Some may even contain harmful preservatives. The alcohol dries out the lips.
If you are making a lip gloss for kids, then you should not use an adult lipstick as ingredient, because they may contain many ingredients, such as coal tar, which is not good for even adults.
Most of the ingredients for lip gloss are available in your kitchen including cocoa butter, vegetable shortening, almond oil, castor oil, honey, Vaseline, etc. If you have allergy to any of the ingredients in a recipe, then you should not use that ingredient.
- Lip Gloss Basic Recipe
Beeswax, grated, 1 Tbsp
Coconut oil, 1 Tbsp
Other ingredients (see below), 1 tsp
Place the beeswax, coconut oil and other ingredients in a microwave safe container. Heat in microwave until the wax and oils are melted. Stir and mix well. Pour the mixture into a clean container and allow to cool completely before using. When cool, put into an air-tight container.
The other ingredients can be honey, vitamin E, vanilla extract, aloe vera, almond oil, etc. You can also add chocolates, cranberries, etc. to add taste to lip gloss. You can add some food colors to add color. Some specific lip gloss recipes are given below.
- Chocolate Lip Gloss
Melt 5 chocolate chips, 3 Tbsp cocoa butter and 1 vitamin E capsule in a double boiler. Mix with a spoon until the mixture is very smooth. Put into an air-tight container and refrigerate to make it solid.
- Cranberry Lip Gloss
Mix 1 tsp honey, 1 Tbsp almond oil, 5-7 chopped cranberries and 1 to petroleum jelly and place them in a microwave or a water bath until the mixture just begins to boil. Stir well and gently mash the berries. Let the mixture stand for at least 5 minutes. Strain and stir. When cool, put into an air-tight container.
- Vanilla Lip Gloss
Place the 1 Tbsp beeswax, 1 Tbsp coconut oil or aloe vera gel and 1 capsule vitamin E oil in a container and heat until the contents are melted. Stir in some vanilla extract and mix well. When cool, put into an air-tight container.
- Lime Lip Gloss
Place 1 Tbsp beeswax and 1 Tbsp almond juice in a container and heat until the contents are melted. Stir in 1 Tbsp honey, 4-5 drops of fresh lime juice and 1 capsule vitamin E oil and mix well. When cool, put into an air-tight container.
- Beet root Lip Gloss
Place 1 Tbsp beeswax and 1 Tbsp sesame oil in a container and heat until the contents are melted. Stir in 1 tsp of beet juice and mix well. When cool, put into an air-tight container.
- Honey Kool-Aid Sweet Gloss
Place 1 Tbsp vegetable shortening and 1 Tbsp Kool-Aid in a container and heat until the contents are melted. Stir in 1 Tbsp honey and 1 tsp of any drink mix and mix well. Add a few drops of water to the mixture and mix well. Adjust the amount of drink mix to get desired color and flavor. When cool, put into an air-tight container.
- Lipstick Lip Gloss
Place 1 Tbsp beeswax and 1/2 tsp of red lipstick and 1/2 tsp of petroleum jellyin a container and heat until the contents are melted. Stir in 1 Vitamin E capsule and mix well. When cool, put into an air-tight container.
- Colored Lip Gloss
To add color to the lip gloss, you can use a food color or a juice of beet, carrot, etc. Beet juice will give a dark reddish to a dark purple color and carrots a pinkish orange color. Just gate some frsh fruits and squeese its juice.