|Some of my finished products! |
Left to Right: Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Sweet Orange,
Pineapple/Orange/Banana ("Tropical"), and Cherry Watermelon.
Speaking of sugar, one good reason to add this ingredient is because it contains natural alpha hydroxy/glycolic acid. This helps to exfoliate, moisturize, and to stimulate collagen production, which helps to reduce aging.
Citrus juices (lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, tangerine juice...I could keep going...) have good amounts of vitamin C, which help to brighten skin and stimulate collagen production (anti-aging properties).
Extracts have various benefits depending on what type of extract you use. Cherry extract also has vitamin C in addition to antioxidants that reduce pain and inflammation. It also increases the skin's ability to retain moisture, which is important for your lips. Coconut extract has similar moisturizing properties and is good for sensitive skin. Vanilla extract has antioxidants that promote the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
I've never tried it, but I would think that adding small amounts of essential oils could be done as well. Vitamin E oil would probably be excellent for adding into a lip gloss because it heals dry skin and prevents further drying as well as scarring. I would think this would be great for lips, but again, I've never actually done it...yet. :p
And finally, a quick note about petroleum jelly. As you may already know from previous posts, this ingredient soothes dry, chapped skin and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It not only seals in moisture, it also helps skin to retain that moisture. This makes it ideal as a base for lip products.
Okay everyone, here is the recipe:
Kool-Aid Flavored Lip Gloss
1 cup Petroleum Jelly
1 pkg. Kool-Aid (Any flavor you like)
1 Tbsp. Sugar or Other Sweetener (optional)
A few tsp. fruit juices/extracts to compliment flavor (optional)
1) Melt the petroleum jelly in a microwave-safe bowl for about 2 minutes or until it is completely liquid.
2) Stir in other ingredients mixing well to avoid your gloss being too gritty. You may want to pre-grind raw sugar if using to prevent this phenomenon. You also may want to pour this into a jar and shake to mix, but if you do this you must be fast because it will begin to solidify if it has the chance to cool.
3) Pour into desired containers such as cosmetic pots, empty lip gloss tubes, small Altoids™ tins, or my favorite, cleaned contact cases that I get free when I order new contacts.
*~*Note: This makes a LOT of gloss, so be prepared to fill MANY containers!*~*
4) Allow gloss to set for 2 hours, then seal with lids and enjoy at will!