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The Tightwad Try-Alls: Homemade Lip Gloss

You know the scene…you walk into the bathroom to find your 3 year old smothered in your lipstick. You grab your camera to capture the glorious mess, then set about cleaning it all up.

But what do you do with the mushed up chunk of lipstick left in the tube? Or what do you do with your lipstick when you’ve accidentally mashed it with the lid?

It should come as no surprise that The Tightwad Gazette has a solution for you:

I’m loving this idea! Except for the part about petroleum jelly. Ewww. It’s a product I choose to avoid, especially in something like lip balm where it can be ingested. You can look into it and decide for yourself. Instead, I’m offering you a more natural, healthy and GOOD FOR YOUR LIPS option!

I keep large amounts of coconut oil on hand at all times. It’s useful for about a million things, both in cooking/eating and in skin care. I think it’s one of the most amazing and versatile products available! To get some ideas on how very incredible coconut oil is, read this super awesome list.

This process is so simple! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • lipstick
  • coconut oil
  • empty containers (*I used little sample jars I received from a department store beauty counter. These are the perfect size, and they’re free!)

So, one of the reasons coconut oil is PERFECT for this little recipe (other than it’s powerful moisturizing abilities) is that it is a solid oil at room temp or below. Using the petroleum jelly suggested by TTG would result in a goopy mess. This melts easily for blending with the lipstick, then solidifies as it cools down, resulting in a tidy little pot of lip color! If you live in a very warm location (lucky you!) this gloss will not become solid without refrigeration.


  • Melt equal-ish parts of coconut oil and lipstick in a glass bowl in your microwave. Mine took about 1 minute. You can play around with the proportions to make the color a bit more sheer if you’d prefer.
  • Blend together using a chopstick or some such utensil.
  • To get the lip gloss into your little containers without any big mess, try this tip: use the dropper thingy that comes with children’s fever reducer! This works like a charm!
  • Allow the gloss to solidify on the counter. If you’d like it to go a bit quicker, carefully place it in the refrigerator. It shouldn’t take much more than 30 minutes!

Bonus idea! This would be a sweet little prezzie for your girlfriends for Valentines Day!

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3 Responses to The Tightwad Try-Alls: Homemade Lip Gloss

  1. Jennifer says:

    Breanna, this is great! Love your idea, and I have the same coconut oil. 🙂

  2. Joquen says:

    I love that you substituted the coconut oil! I love the stuff. I use it in my nightly ritual so my sheets reek of the stuff 🙂 I’m totally making this, I never use my lipstick because I’m horrible at getting it to look uniform. Gloss is so much more forgiving!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Hey Breanna! Just saw this great Try-All and had share my coconut oil story! I keep my coconut oil in the bathroom for all of its amazing skin care properties. One day I came home to find the husband (bless his heart) had left the space heater on in the bathroom. Silly old man tried to tell me it had only been on a “little while” when I glanced at the brand new coconut oil jar. It was COMPLETELY melted! The oil took two whole days to firm up again. So now you know….you can even use coconut oil to catch your husband lying through his teeth!

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