If you want natural cherry lip gloss, forget about buying it from a store. Inexpensive varieties do not condition lips, and they look and feel heavy and oily. Despite the heaviness of the products, the luster does not last. More expensive options are a waste of money, and many contain unfamiliar ingredients. Homemade lip balm with shea butter can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. It will taste and smell as good as freshly picked cherries, and it will look phenomenal alone or over lipstick.
To make cherry flavored shea butter lip gloss you will need four tablespoons of beeswax, four tablespoons of coconut oil, four tablespoons of unrefined shea butter and six or seven drops of cherry essential oil. You will also need a small bowl, a glass jar, a pan of water, a mixing spoon and at least one container of the right size for the finished balm. It should have a lid.
Begin by heating the water in the pan. Measure the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax into the glass jar. The pan and jar will work as a small double boiler. Stir the mixture as it melts, and remove it from the heat as soon as it is fully combined.
Before it begins to harden, mix in several drops of cherry essential oil. Add as much or as little as desired to give it fragrance and flavor. When it is cool enough to touch, test it after adding the recommended number of drops. If necessary, add more essential oil just a couple of drops at a time.
Pour the finished product into a container of choice, and allow it to thicken and cool at room temperature. If you want it to thicken faster, place it in the fridge. In hot locations, keep it in the refrigerator when not in use. Since it contains all-natural ingredients, it will melt. It can be applied with a fingertip.
Gift Ideas and Suggestions
Homemade cherry flavored shea butter lip gloss makes a fantastic gift. Use a small spatula to scoop it into individual containers with lids. Mark the containers using printable peel-and-stick address labels. If necessary, trim them to fit. Put together gift baskets or bags that include other natural beauty products or items of your choice. They will be a huge hit with friends, family and coworkers.
Sources: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience