Ever since learning that you could make lip gloss from Kool-aid, I knew I had to try it. It combines two of my favorite things, lip gloss and kool-aid. Plus this is a great project for the kiddos this summer. In fact, one of the big reasons why I love it is because my girls are always trying to get my lip gloss and this stuff is so easy to make and CHEAP; I don’t care if they take it.
Before you do this project, you’ll need to get a few containers to put it in. I ordered mine from Amazon, but you can find containers like them at just about any craft store too.
After that, you’ll need Kood-Aid (obviously), petroleum jelly, and the tiniest bit of water.
*Make sure you read this tutorial all the way to the end. I made two different batches of lip gloss because I made a mistake on the first go. I’ll tell you exactly what I did wrong and why it didn’t turn out so bad in the end. I’ll also tell you what I did right and how that went as well.*
On the first batch, I put a heaping tablespoon of petroleum jelly in a microwaveable bowl then poured in my Cherry flavored Kool-aid. Then I added 1 tablespoon of water and microwaved it for 50 seconds. This was disastrous!! Don’t do that!
The water heated up too quickly and caused a Kool-aid explosion in my microwave. I’m sure you can imagine how gory that looked and how difficult it was to clean since Kool-aid has a tendency to stain.
The petroleum jelly didn’t properly melt, but I decided to see if it would work anyway. So, I took what wasn’t left in my microwave and stirred as best as I could. It was..ok. I was able to put it in my containers and although the kool-aid and petroleum jelly didn’t blend as well as I would have liked, it blends well on the lips and I still got the result (lip gloss) I wanted.
Ok, so that’s the way NOT to do it. Here’s what worked with better and less messy results.
This time I put the Kool-aid in the bowl first and I reduced the amount of water. I only put in 6 DROPS of water instead of 1 tablespoon. Also instead of using a spoon, I used a whisk to get a better blend. After I mixed the water and Kool-aid, I added the heaping tablespoon of petroleum jelly.
The picture below is how it looked before microwaving.
I covered my bowl with a paper towel just in case there was another explosion and microwaved it 50 seconds.
No explosion! And a much better melt which gave a better blend. I blended more with the whisk.
Since the petroleum jelly melted fully this time around, I actually had a smaller amount of lip gloss, so I added another heaping tablespoon and put it back in the microwave. Blended more and then put it in the containers.
Put the containers in the refrigerator to cool and firm up. And there you have it; cheap and easy lip gloss that has a pretty rosy color.
The first batch of gloss has a speckled appearance since the Kool-Aid didn’t mix in as well while the second batch has a more continuous smooth look. But both go on well and give you a secret little sugar rush when you lick your lips.
Add some pretty labels and you can use these as a gift for girls’ birthday party favors and stocking stuffers (oh yeah, I’m thinking Christmas gifts already).