Homemade, edible lip gloss

The perfect girlie-girl hack — from Tracy:

We've used the following recipe to make homemade lip gloss. This is a great birthday party idea.

  • Vegetable shortening
  • honey
  • unsweetened drink mix (Kool-Aid)
  • hot water
  • cake decorating glitter (optional)

Use a small bowl to mix 1 tbsp of the solid vegetable shortening and 1 tsp of honey. In a separate bowl, mix the drink mix and 1/4 tsp of hot water until it is dissolved. Stir in as much of the drink mix as possible. The actual amount will depend on the temperature of water. The more you can dissolve, the stronger the flavour will be. You can choose the color and flavor of you lip gloss by the type of drink mix you use. Add one drop of the water mixture to the shortening/honey base. Stir well. Repeat until you get the color/flavor combination you want. Add glitter (optional) – stir. Pour into a clean container or old lip gloss pot. Store in the refrigerator. Keeps for 3 days, but it tastes so good that you will use it up very fast!

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  1. Chakolate says

    This is going to sound weird, but try this with lard instead of shortening. (I keep lard for my cats – it improves the coat and helps the hairballs go down instead of back up.)

    Lard is shelf stable, as are all the other ingredients, so it should last longer than a few days. And such a small amount will certainly not hurt anyone. And unlike hydrogenated vegetable oils (such as vegetable shortening) lard has no trans fats.

  2. Erin says

    Would this stain if it came in contact with cloth? I’d be a little afraid using the dyes in Kool-Aid.

  3. says

    What a fantastic “recipe”. I will definitely pass this on to my sister who is hosting my niece’s 10th bday party!

  4. Kat says

    Keep in mind that this, like many lip glosses, do not have SPF and will not protect your lips from getting sunburned. In fact, lip gloss can intensify the suns rays on your lips and lead to a burn more easily. Every have sunburned lips? NOT FUN!

  5. Tracy says

    We use this more for a fun thing to do at a birthday party or just spending time with my daughters. It’s not really meant to take the place of real chapstick/ lipgloss with SPF. We haven’t had problems with the kool aid staining while wearing it (making it’s a different story though… use the same precautions you’d use if your child was helping to make kool aid to drink).

  6. says

    What a great idea!! I am certainly going to try this out at my niece’s upcoming birthday party. She, like every little girl, loves to play with my lip glosses so this will certainly make her party one to remember. (I’m sure she will be begging me to make it with her every day that follows as well but love it none the less)

  7. Nicole says

    This is an awesome hack!!! I can’t wait to try this! I am going to pass it on to my sister and sister in law as well!

    Thanks for posting this!

    I’d love to see more homemade projects like this one!

  8. Melissa says

    Oooh! I wonder if coconut oil would work in place of the vegetable shortening, since they’re both solid at room temp?