Beautygeeks love the idea of playing cosmetic chemist -- well, more mad-scientist, really. So we tapped real-life chemist and science teacher Darcey Diehl for our own Breaking Bad beauty project: a DIY lip gloss with a summery pineapple flavour. And it's a natural recipe; Darcey is the founder of Canadian company Lippy Girl Cosmetics, known for its amazing shades of natural lipstick. See Vexy Vixen here -- it's one of our favourites. Lippy Girl Extra Virgin Vegan Lip Gloss (above) is lovely too, especially for dry lips; it's made with castor seed oil, carnuba wax, orange oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, vitamin E, rosehip oil... full ingredient list here.
Darcey likes pineapple as a summer-happy flavour for this DIY lip gloss. If you prefer, try watermelon, orange, peach -- or whatever says summer to you.
Pineapple Summer DIY Lip Gloss
2 tsp coconut oil
3 tsp beeswax
2 1/4 tsp jojoba oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil
25 to 30 drops pineapple flavour oil
optional: 1 tsp of coloured iron oxide pigment and mica for a pretty tint and shimmer
12 to 15 4.5-oz lip-balm tubes or pots
You'll need a double boiler to make this gloss -- or use a pot and a pyrex measuring cup that fits easily inside. Put the pyrex cup in the pot, and add water until it hits about halfway up from the bottom of the cup's exterior. (When the water boils, you don't want it to bubble over the lip of the cup into your mixture.)
Put the beeswax into the pyrex cup and set it in the pot of water as it's heating up. When the wax is fully melted, add the coconut, jojoba, sweet-almond, and flavoured oils. Stir well, then remove the cup from the heat. Keep stirring until the mixture is cool enough to put in your containers or tubes. Pop into the freezer for about 20 minutes to an hour to set.
What do you think? Will you try it? Tweet us your DIY lip gloss photos!
All ingredients and empty tubes/pots available via Aquarius Soap Supply.