DIY: Easy Natural Homemade Lip Gloss Recipe

After I made my homemade Vaseline, I wanted to try my hands on homemade lip gloss with homemade Vaseline as a base. This homemade lip gloss has so many benefits. It is great for dry chapped lips. Since it is 100% natural, any one including small girls can use it. It is very economical and costs the fraction of store bought lip balm. I usually don’t shop for lip gloss, as my sister-in-law usually brings it for me, whenever she visits India.

But then I wanted to make a lip gloss that is 100% chemical free and one that is equally good or if not better than store bought ones. The main problem I had with making homemade lip gloss was the color. The book I referred to advised to use food colors, if not left over lip stick to get the suitable color.

But since I was keen on making the lip gloss without any synthetic colors, I decided to use extracts. At first I thought of using alkanet root to get a deep red color, but decided against it, since many of you won’t be able to get it easily. I finally settled with beetroot juice for my color and my lip gloss ended up with a beautiful light pink shade. To make the lip gloss, first take the required amount of homemade Vaseline in a bowl and mix it well with a spoon to get a smooth mixture.

Now take a fresh beetroot, peel the outer skin and cut it into chunks. Grind it in a mixer without any water and extract the juice by squeezing the ground beetroot  through a strainer. Add the beetroot juice to the Vaseline drop by drop till you get the desired shade. Add a few drops of pure vanilla to it. You can even add few drops of vitamin e oil too, if you prefer. Please make sure that you don’t make the lip gloss runny. Since we are using fresh extracts, the lip gloss has to be kept in the refrigerator.

If you don’t mind using good quality food colors, please do so. If you don’t use fresh extracts, you don’t have to keep it in the refrigerator. However make sure that you keep the homemade lip gloss away from moisture and you can also your own favorite essential oils instead of using pure vanilla. This lip gloss can be safely used by young girls, as it does not have any chemicals in it and it is also a great project to do with them. Have fun making your own homemade lip gloss!

Easy Natural Homemade Lip Gloss Recipe

1. I used my homemade Vaseline as my base.

2. Take a fresh beetroot and peel the outer skin. Cut it into small chunks and grind it in a mixer without adding any water. Squeeze out the juice by pressing it through a sieve.

2. Take the required amount of homemade Vaseline in a bowl, add the beetroot juice drop by drop till you get the desired color. If you add too much of the juice, the lip gloss will be too runny, so add it drop by drop.

3. Add few drops of your favorite essential oils. I added pure vanilla. Again be careful and add only few drops.

4. Mix everything together well and store it in a tightly capped bottle in the refrigerator.


  • The only thing that can go wrong with this homemade lip gloss is if you add too much of the extract. If you do so, try to keep it in the refrigerator, it will thicken it a bit.
  • You can also try out extracts for different shades from fruits like strawberries, raspberries, etc


  1. Anonymous
    August 3, 2014 / 10:06 am

    You are simply rocking Ramya!Shruthi

  2. Anonymous
    December 17, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    How to make home made vaseline

  3. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    December 17, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Just click on the red letters in the first line of the post that says homemade Vaseline, it will take you to the post on how to make homemade Vaseline…

  4. vidhya thankaraj
    April 4, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Hi Ramya thanks for the easy diy recipeCould you please tell whats the shelf life of the lip gloss if not refrigerated ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 5, 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Hi Vidhya, If you are using alkanet root it will last for up to 3 weeks, if you are using fresh extracts, it will only last for 2 to 3 days without refrigeration…….

  5. Mridula Udupa
    September 21, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Hi Ramya – how can I use alkanet root? How do i get an extract from it? Will Lavender essential oil or orange be safe to use?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2015 / 4:37 am

      Soak alkanet root in any unrefined oil, it will release the color very easily. Both lavender and orange essential oils are safe to be used in this lip gloss recipe…

  6. Anonymous
    May 12, 2016 / 3:52 am

    Hi Ramya, where do we get pure Vanilla extract? can you tell the source online?

  7. Anonymous
    May 19, 2016 / 2:04 am

    Hi! Can I use Vaseline Petroleum jelly instead? Thanks!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 12:02 am

      I would suggest not using Vaseline petroleum jelly as it is a petroleum product…

  8. Wamika Iyer
    July 15, 2016 / 5:02 am

    Hello Ramya Maam, ur tips are amazing. I need your advise on few aspects1. Hair- I had done chemical treatment of rebonding coz of which I started having grey hair now. I use Karsalanganni oil and shikakai to wash hair..Then I apply Loreal conditioner and serum on it coz else hair becomes very dry and frizzy. Can u suggest a good conditioner which will keep hair moisturized? And any recipe to make hair straight?2. Lips are very dry and little dark. What can I apply daily to make it soft3. For face, I apply kasturi manjal mask once a week. Though it feels fresh, I m not seeing any difference in Color or brightness(may be coz of public travelling) Pls suggest how many times should I apply for fairer skin which would glow4. I have dark skin in elbows and knees and underarms. Is there something that I can apply? 5. Lastly for home remedies, can you suggest any home made product which is good for improving metabolism and reducing weight? i have slight thyroid problem and I take medicines which I want to stop. Your advises will be highly valuable

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 25, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Dear Wamika, I am glad you like the blog :)1. Try using rice boiled water as a final rinse, it will greatly condition your hair. You can also store the left overs in the refrigerator for future use…2. For dark lips, try this lip scrub: wildturmeric3. For Face, I would suggest using the kasturi manjal face pack weekly thrice. If your skin feels dry, mix it with milk and use…4. Rub the elbows and knees with fresh Aloe Vera gel from the plant, with regular use you will see a good difference…5. I will compile a list of remedies that improve metabolism very soon in the blog…

    • Wamika Iyer
      August 10, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Hi Maam, Have tried methi+curd with shikai and it works very well. Will try boiled rice water too. Can you suggest something for turning black hair into grey? Kasturi Manjal pack feels fresh but not able to see difference in color /brightness.Would love to see the remedies for metabolism in your blog.

    • Wamika Iyer
      August 10, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      Karsalanganni oil and home made shikakai powder is helping in hair volume and strength but what could I do for grey hair?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      Try the curry leaf hair oil from the blog, it is a good remedy for premature greying….

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      Wamika try applying licorice powder mixed with curd as a face pack, it has been proven to lighten the skin tone…

  9. December 3, 2021 / 11:41 am

    what can we use instead of vaseline

  10. Prakhyati
    December 15, 2021 / 12:02 pm

    what can we use instead of vaseline

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