DIY Citrus Honey Lip Gloss

DIY Citrus Honey Lip Balm | Get Inspired Everyday!

DIY Citrus Honey Lip Balm | Get Inspired Everyday!

I like a lip gloss that’s not too sticky. This lip gloss has all the glossiness without the inherent stickiness that usually accompanies it. It’s more moisturizing because coconut oil is the base, with just enough beeswax added to keep it from melting too easily. I added a bit of honey for a couple of reasons. First, honey is great for chapped lips because it’s a humectant, meaning that it attracts and retains water. Second, it adds a good amount of shine to the gloss as well as being moisturizing.

DIY Citrus Honey Lip Balm | Get Inspired Everyday!

I noticed that this lip gloss lasts for at least an hour before absorbing, and it left my lips much softer and smoother. It will last longer if you use it in combination with a lip balm or chapstick that provides more of a base to keep it from absorbing as fast.

DIY Citrus Honey Lip Balm | Get Inspired Everyday!

I like to use a raw coconut oil and raw honey for the most effective product. When you heat your ingredients together, be sure to keep the heat as low as possible to keep them raw.

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My beeswax comes in a block, and it’s not too hard to grate a tablespoon here and there, but I just learned that you can by it in bead form now, eliminating the need for grating (just a heads up).

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Melt the ingredients except essential oils over low heat until the beeswax is thoroughly dissolved. Next, remove it from the heat and place it over a small ice bath. Whisk it for about a minute until the mixture thickens. This step is important because it emulsifies the honey with the coconut oil. Finally, transfer your lip gloss to a clean container. This lip gloss will keep for 6 months if it stays in stable room temperatures, less if it’s really hot.

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I used lemon essential oil because lemon is a favorite, but grapefruit smells really good too!

DIY Citrus Honey Lip Gloss
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Serves: about 2 ounces
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon grated beeswax
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 10-15 drops essential oil, my favorites are lemon and grapefruit
  1. Heat the coconut oil, beeswax, and honey over low heat in a small saucepan.
  2. When the wax is fully dissolved, remove from heat. Place the saucepan over a small ice bath and whisk until the lip gloss is emulsified and set, (about 1 minute).
  3. Add your choice of essential oil, and whisk to combine.
  4. Transfer to a clean container and use within 6 months.

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12 Comments on “DIY Citrus Honey Lip Gloss”

  1. Rituparna Choudhury

    Thanks for your input, Kari. This time I tried heating the wax first, then added the other oils and butters, and took it off the heat and then stirred in the shea butter. Its been a couple of weeks, still, am keeping my fingers crossed.

    Your citrus honey gloss is totally delicious. But I live in a hot country, and coconut oil remains liquid all year round; perhaps I should substitute cocoa butter and try it out.

    Have a Happy New Year.

    1. Kari

      Cocoa butter would be a great first place to start or maybe even shea butter depending on how the texture is at room temperature for you. If your coconut oil is always liquid, it’s a good bet that it might not fully set up, but I sure hope one of the other 2 butters will work for you!

  2. Rituparna Choudhury

    I used beeswax + shea butter + watermelon seed carrier oil with some essential oils, and the texture was soft and lovely, but the jar I had kept aside for later use – it developed fat bloom after a few weeks.

    Same thing happened with candelilla wax + cocoa butter + shea butter + sweet almond.

    Does anyone know how to prevent fat blooms in homemade lip balms please?

    1. Kari

      There are several reasons this can happen, one reason is overheating the oil and wax together – this can cause that separation later. Another cause can be the wrong ratio of wax to oil, I’ve never had this problem with this citrus honey gloss and I hope you’ll give it a try!

  3. Jude

    I love all things lemon too!!!!!

    Gloss is great, I’ve already tried making it a few months ago and it was great! My friends loved it as well. And I think it’s very glossy….and non-sticky! Just great! I might try pink grapefruit this time.

    1. Kari

      I think pink grapefruit might just be even better than lemon! I have a pink grapefruit chapstick right now that would work perfectly with the gloss, so looks like I’ll be trying your idea out too! 🙂

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