More Cosmetics – Strawberry Lip Gloss!

So to continue with February’s theme, my next personal grooming product I’ve made is a strawberry lip gloss, also from a kit from The Soap Kitchen ( It’s one of their kids’ activity packs, and comes with the following instructions:

Funky Strawberry Lip Gloss

This is such a simple product to make and it really does look great in the container with the colour swirling within the clear like a Lava Lamp. It comes as either a project pack or activity pack available for this recipe to make 10 bottles.


Vegetable Glycerine; castor oil (refined or BP grade); flavour of your choice (strawberry in this kit); colour (red pigment – USE SPARINGLY!!); Vitamin E (pure version for use as preservative).


A stainless steel (or heat-proof) container; a teaspoon; a small funnel (optional, but it makes things easier); 10ml clear glass roller-ball bottle(s).


  1. Fill each bottle at least 3/4 full with vegetable glycerine. (This will be easier if you have a tiny funnel to use!)
  2. Take your castor oil (refined or BP grade only!) and put it in a small, preferably stainless steel container which can be gently heated over the hob (one of those 1/2 or 1 cup measures with handles is ideal).
  3. Take a very small amount of Red Lake 5 (or similar) pigment. (NB It is important to only use a Lake pigment as they are oil-soluble.) Add this to the castor oil and stir in well over a gentle heat, making sure the pigment disperses fully and there’s no “spotting”. Make it up to the desired depth of colour a little at a time depending on how much castor oil you are colouring.
  4. Take the castor oil off the heat. DO NOT OVERCOLOUR AS THE PIGMENT WILL STAIN!!!
  5. Add 2-3 drops of your chosen flavour per lip gloss bottle and stir in well.
  6. Once cooled, add the coloured, flavoured castor oil to each lip gloss bottle, up to the neck, and close the bottle with the roller-ball housing.
And that’s it!

You’ll find that because the castor oil and glycerine have similar viscosities but remain separated, if you turn the bottle over and up again, a swirl of coloured castor oil will create a coloured pattern within the glycerine that looks similar to the effect of the wax in a Lava Lamp. Beautiful, and smells good too!!

Donna x

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