How to Make Your Own Lip Gloss Without Beeswax


Method 1: Honey Lip Gloss

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract (or other flavor)
  • Drops of strawberry or mango essence (or other preferred edible flavor essence)

Method 2: Soft Lip Balm

  • Petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline)
  • Food coloring or other non-toxic food color source, such as a child's makeup palette or an old lipstick

Method 3: Lip Colors or Eyeshadow Gloss

  • 1 tablespoon petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline)
  • Lipstick or eyeshadow in your chosen shade

Method 4: Colored Shine Balm

  • Petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline)
  • Lipstick
  • Glitter
  • Microwavable container


Honey Lip Gloss

  1. Put a spoonful of honey and one of petroleum jelly (or Vaseline) together in a medium size bowl.Mix well.
  2. Melt the ingredients in the microwave.
  3. Get another bowl.
  4. Add the vanilla extract or other flavoring.
  5. Add a small drop of strawberry and mango essence.
  6. Mix thoroughly.Combine one bowl into the other, and mix it all until it is soft.
  7. Pour the resulting mixture into the container.Put the container in the fridge for at least half an hour.
  8. Finished.

Soft Lip Balm

This method results in a soft lip balm.

  1. Put the petroleum jelly (or Vaseline) in a small microwave-safe bowl.Use as much as you wish to make lip balm (at least a tablespoon, up to four tablespoons). Remember that more petroleum jelly makes a sheerer balm and less petroleum jelly makes the color a bit more visible.
  2. Add the chosen color.Add it slowly until you obtain the desired color.
    • Optional: Make many lip balms of varied colors. Clean out a small makeup palette (for children) and use the palette tray for molding the differently colored balms.
  3. Stir until thoroughly blended.If it is not fully blended, the lip balm will not work.
  4. Put the ingredients into the microwave.Microwave for 10 seconds and no longer. It should not be melted, just soft and warm.
  5. Transfer the slightly melted balm ingredients into an old lip balm container or a small tin.
  6. Freeze for 25 minutes.It will now be ready for use.
  7. Enjoy your new lip balm.

Lip Colors or Eyeshadow Gloss

  1. Melt the petroleum jelly in the microwave for 25 seconds.
  2. Remove.Add a little bit of lipstick or eyeshadow in your desired shade.
    • You can mix colors.
    • The shade will appear lighter when used on your lips.
    • Pinks and reds are recommended; other colors, such as blues and greens, will show up lightly tinted.
  3. Stir with a spoon until the ingredients are fully blended.
  4. Put into a suitable container.
  5. Freeze or chill in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy your personalized lip balm.

Colored Shine Balm

  1. Put some petroleum jelly into a small container.Be sure that the container is microwavable.
  2. Open a tube of lipstick.Chop up about half of the stick and mix it with the petroleum jelly to create a paste. Use smaller pieces to melt it faster.
  3. Shake in some glitter.For an extra sparkly finish, sprinkle some glitter into the mixture.
  4. Microwave for 20 seconds.Use a fork to make sure the ingredients are well combined. Pour this into a permanent container.
  5. Freeze for one hour.This will help the lip gloss solidify.
  6. Take it out.Once the lip gloss has reached room temperature, it will be ready to use!

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Wouldn't eyeshadow be bad for lips?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. The pigment in eyeshadow generally has similar ingredients as the pigment in lipstick. And eyeshadow has to be safe for the eyes, so it should be safe for the lips as well.
  • Question
    Will lip gloss melt when you leave it out for a long time?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Lip gloss won't melt because its already a liquid. Lip balm, which firms up into a solid, will melt if left out in the heat.
  • Question
    What can I do if I have no microwave or beeswax?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You could put Vaseline or an unflavored chapstick into a glass measuring cup, sit it in a pot of hot water, and let that do the melting for you.
  • Question
    Can I use shea butter instead of Vaseline?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can.
  • Question
    Is it fine if I leave it in the freezer for more than 25 minutes?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    A hour or so should be fine. Avoid leaving it in overnight without a lid on it. It may get freezer burn.
  • Question
    Can I use food coloring to color the lip gloss?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can try, but avoid using too much. Food coloring is much more potent than other sorts of coloring and has a tendency to stain. Only a drop or two will be plenty.
  • Question
    Can coconut oil work instead of jelly or Vaseline?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, coconut oil will work. Look online for methods on how to make lip gloss with coconut oil.
  • Question
    Can I make it without heat?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can but it takes much longer, about 10 minutes longer.
  • Question
    What kind of bowls are microwaveable?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Glass or ceramic bowls can be used in the microwave. Avoid using flimsy plastic bowls and never put a metal bowl in the microwave.
  • Question
    I don't have a microwave! What should I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Melt it in a double boiler: Put the substance to be melted in a metal bowl. Put the metal bowl inside a pot partially filled with water, and simmer on your stove-top. Depending on the melting temperature, you might only need to fill the pot with hot water and not heat it on your stove-top.
Unanswered Questions
  • Is it possible to make honey lip gloss by substituting castor oil for vaseline?
  • Are there any recipes that use alternative waxes such as household wax (used in canning to seal jars) or perhaps a softer candle wax?
  • Will the vanilla extract freeze all the way?
  • Can you tell me how to make mood changing lip gloss/balm?
  • What will happen if I use both Vaseline and chapstick?
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  • Don't use your favorite lipstick the first time you make it; you risk wasting it if you don't like the way the lip balm turns out. Instead, start with an inexpensive or extra lipstick.
  • After applying your lip gloss, and you're not pleased with its glossiness, try putting a layer of transparent lip gloss on top to make it glossier.
  • Avoid fragranced petroleum jelly.
  • Want a more sturdy, opaque lip balm? Substitute petroleum jelly with cocoa butter, found at local drugstores.
  • Get proper petroleum jelly, it works better than the small tins.
  • Use fine glitter or it might scratch your lips.
  • Instead of microwaving, crush the lipstick and mix with petroleum jelly and dip the container in hot water.
  • Melt the petroleum jelly in the micro oven for about 2-3 mins.
  • Try using banana extract instead of vanilla.
  • If you lack a heat source, mash the ingredients well, for a texture slightly similar to petroleum jelly.
  • Use peppermint extract for a minty fresh smell.
  • •If you have bees wax use equal portions like 2 coconut oil to 1 bees wax. You can add more or less of each but this way makes your lips moisturized and soft.


  • Make sure to use a microwavable container, if you microwave. Avoid directly touching the lip balm mixture because it can get very hot. Use the proper utensils to handle hot lip balm.
  • Remember to check for allergens on all items used before making this.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowls (microwave-safe)
  • Mixing spoon
  • Microwave
  • Appropriate storage container

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Sources and Citations

  •,Adventures in Lip Balmfrom – research source for method 1

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