How To Make Lava Lamp Lip Gloss

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This lip gloss is lots of fun, because it looks and moves like a mini lava lamp in a glass roll-on container – and you can flavor it with all sorts of delectable  flavor oils!




Clear glass roller bottles (from

Liquid vegetable glycerine

Liquid food color

Lip safe mica (optional)

Vegetable oil of choice  (great choice:  castor!)

Flavor oil of choice (oil-based food flavors from the grocery store will work.  Crafting suppliers like will have a wider selection)

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1.In a measuring cup, mix 1 oz. (by volume)liquid glycerin with liquid food coloring (and possibly mica)until you get desired shade.
2.Fill roller bottles about 1/3 full with this mixture.  Be careful not to use so much mica that you clog the roller ball!
3.In a separate cup, mix 2 oz. (by volume) of your vegetable oil with flavor oil and mix.  Fill to the bottom of the roller bottle neck and cap.

Because of their chemical compositions, the two mixtures cannot combine, and will remain separated in the roller bottles.  You get a very cool “lava lamp” effect as you flip the bottles upside down, on their side, and around!

If you plan ahead, you can even make your own naturally flavored oil to use in the lava lip balm!  What you can do is take a good infusing oil (like olive oil), and steep dried herbs (preferably in a mesh tea ball, muslin bag or cheesecloth bag) in the oil for a week or so.  This is best done in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid – and make sure ALL of the herb is covered with oil (with some extra oil on top of it for good measure!).


Put the glass jar in a dark location during that time and shake it a bit about once a day.  At the end of that time, strain out the herbs and use the infused oils in your lip balm.  Good infusing herbs  for lip gloss include chamomile (honey like flavor and scent), peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, and lemongrass.   If you want to get really adventurous, you might want to experiment with herbs like lemon balm, rosemary, lemon verbena, calendula, dried orange peel and dried lemon peel in your lip gloss.  Have fun!!

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