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Make Your Own Kiss Gloss

By Brooke McLay |

A few weeks ago, I posted a recipe for Homemade Kiss Gloss on my home blog, CheekyKitchen. It was a simple recipe which included coconut oil and petroleum jelly. In the weeks since posting the “recipe,”  I’ve had several readers ask for a recipe which doesn’t include petroleum products, since they are adverse for both body and earth. So, my kids and I trekked to Whole Foods last weekend and grabbed several all natural ingredients, then buzzed home and mixed up a batch of all new, super delish Kiss Gloss. Here’s how to make a batch in your own kitchen.

Homemade Kiss Gloss

What You’ll Need:

3 tablespoons beeswax (about 1 oz)
3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons cocoa butter
3 tablespoons shea butter
the tip of a good quality lipstick (if you desire a bit of color to your gloss)
18 lip balm containers (we used mini plastic bead containers, purchased from JoAnn)
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (lemon, peppermint, or lavendar make a nice lip balm)

1. Melt beeswax in a small pan over low heat. Add coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter, melting the ingredients together. Add your lipstick & essential oils to the mixture, if desired.

2. Using a small spoon, pour the melted liquid into your lip balm containers.

3. Cool completely to harden. Cover with cap and decorate or label if you’d like.

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About Brooke McLay


Brooke McLay

Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook. You can find and follow her latest whims at Cheeky Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read Brooke's latest posts →

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18 thoughts on “Make Your Own Kiss Gloss

  1. Skye says:

    Thank you for the updated recipe! These are adorable!

  2. Denise says:

    THANK YOU! I’m horrified at how people still love petroleum so much. I do have a question, though… I’m seriously allergic to shea butter, so can this be substituted with more cocoa or maybe mango butter?

    thank you so much for this!

  3. Cheri says:

    Where do I get cocoa butter and shea butter?

  4. Marisa says:

    did you just use lotion that contains cocoa butter and shea butter? If not, could you please tell where you bought these ect?


  5. Jenna says:

    Does this have an actual lip gloss texture, or is it more of a balm?

  6. Michelle says:

    You can find cocoa butter and shea butter at I just bought some there myself. Going to attempt to make this recipe for the first time myself!

  7. saman says:

    i dont have all the things i dont even know about this shea butter and i dont like coco butter so what else can i use instead,…
    thankyou if reply

  8. Ginel says:

    What kind of stores carry all of the ingredients?

  9. Kristen says:

    You can obtain a lot of these natural ingredients at health food stores and “natural” stores. Look one up in your area. I’m always surprised at the cool stuff they carry.

  10. Heather says:

    Made this Lip Gloss with the girls for a birthday party activity and we had a great time. Great recipe! I sure would love to find a wholesale place for shea and cocoa butter though… expensive!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Tracy says:

    Your original recipe called for candy melts to make it a bit sweeter, I wonder if you could add them to this recipe as well. My daughter wants to make them as an end of the school year gift for her class mates or party favor for her birthday but likes the sweetness of the candy melts in them. Any idea how many I should use in this batch?

  12. Shyan says:

    Made this & it was super easy. I don’t like the cocoa butter in it though but love the way it feels. Not sure if it’s just the cocoa butter I got but it is too strong of a cocoa smell for me….even after adding the essential oil. I’m going to remake it but I’m going to add candy melts & maybe that will take away from the strong smell. Or do you have any ideas on this??? Do the candy melts make it taste better???

  13. Linda White says:

    Where did you get your little containers?

  14. Lindsey says:

    Jasmine and grapefruit make a “bubblegum” scented product :)

  15. Angela says:

    I am thinking that no matter your recipe, no one will be happy with it. Frustrating just to read these posts! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. chris says:

    I was wondering, in your original kiss gloss, the recipe called for 4 candy melts. I’m assuming this means 4 pieces not four bags. I know this is a stupid question but just wanted to make sure. I made the batch and halfed it but after it cooled it was hard as a rock. What did I do wrong? Thanks

  17. april says:

    Hi ,
    This awesome I’m wondering what could use instead of coconut oil I know a few ppl allergic .

  18. lorie schnell says:

    Are you using shea butter moisture body cream for the lip gloss?

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