Meet Kailah, our Beauty Contributor who is also the founder & chief product tester at MG Naturals the 100% titanium dioxide free cosmetic company. She loves all things beauty & skincare and since the birth of her first daughter she's become passionate about living a more conscious, low toxin, healthy life - hence the launch of MG Naturals. You will find her in Sunny Queensland with her three barefoot beach loving girls and Ella the dog.
I am an un-ashamedly girly girl & so are my girls.
With that little secret out of the closet. I can now tell you how much we love lip gloss. I have probably owned a pot of every colour known to man; from shocking pink to clear, to full on glitter (I kid you not!). You name it I have had it. Gloss fixes everything – right?
Well after reading about all of the nasties that go into lip gloss, I thought our little love affair was over. That was until we started making my own lip gloss & fell in love all over again.
Now we can slather on gloss without a care in the world; knowing that we are not licking, sucking and eating nasty chemicals & petrol by-products off our lips – yuk!
And best of all my girls can revel in smearing lip gloss all over their faces (some does make it on their lips) without a care in the world.
This gloss is what I would call a finger gloss as it can be applied with fingers. The consistency is not hard enough for a chapstick tube, but not soft enough to be applied with a wand. It has beeswax to protect & nourish and almond oil to give it a nice shine, the addition of chocolate stevia & sweet orange essential oil will have you wanting to eat this from the pot – and guess what? – you can!! – because there are no nasties!
Finger Lip Gloss
You will need:
12gms beeswax – I use lovely unrefined honey infused beeswax
45gms organic cold pressed sweet almond oil or virgin coconut oil or castor oil* see note below
6 drops liquid stevia - we used a chocolate flavoured one
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
Place the beeswax & oil in a glass or ceramic bowl over a double boiler (you can use a ceramic coffee mug in a saucepan of simmering water – it does the trick). Slowly heat the oils & stir to dissolve the wax. Once the wax has dissolved take it off the heat & leave to cool for a few minutes. Once you can start to see it setting around the edge, quickly stir in your stevia, essential oil & any iron oxides or mica’s you might want to use to colour the lip gloss.
Being girly girls we do like to tint ours with some red iron oxide and other mica’s depending on the batch!
This recipe also works great with all castor oil if you want a slicker, more of a wet lip look. You can even make it with coconut oil for a nice subtle tropical taste & fragrance.
The stevia can be omitted, we just like it as it makes the gloss feel more like the ones you buy from the cosmetic counter with its sweet orange flavour – but I do warn you, it is good enough to eat, so you may find yourself licking your lips!
If you decide to play around & add colour to your gloss with iron oxides, just add it a pinch at a time as the colour goes a long way. I have experimented with the iron oxides & made gloss that could double as lipstick all the way down to a light tint. The difference in the amount of iron oxide used is minute – so go slowly adding your iron oxides or your subtle pink gloss can turn into racy red gloss before you know it.
Enjoy & have fun, this is a great activity to do with the girls in your life and say good bye to petro-chemicals on your lips – Kiss Kiss