Making Lip Gloss

July 17th, 2012 No Comments

It’s hot in Chicagoland. Heat index above 100F with fairly high humidity.  The Weather Channel keeps sending out advisories to keep children indoors to reduce risk of heat stroke. After driving to the grocery store today (in the Jeep, with the top off), I decided to heed their warnings. But what to do with 2 kids stuck indoors in the Summer?  Well, Sam was more than happy to use his “game time” for the day – I only allow a set amount of time on video games per day – but Melody needed to be entertained.  Thankfully, I had planned ahead for this.

I picked up some petroleum jelly at the store earlier, had some cute containers I had gotten from a swap over on Craftster a year ago, and had some kool-aid in the pantry… so we made lip gloss today!  I recalled seeing instructions all over the internet (so, this is nothing new), but I am going to link you to a site that gives some good instructions here.

I hated up the petroleum jelly in the microwave. Since I was winging it, I did 30 second bursts, stirring each time.  When it seemed liquid-y enough, I called Melody over to help. She stirred her heart out to get all the kool-aid mixed.


Looks delicious, right? I used the cherry flavor, but for some reason it turned out a purple-grey color.

Well, I just kept going, because we’re having fun, right? I started filling containers. They are super cute, and now I need to figure out where to get more.

Melody decided she wanted to help fill… until she tried to fill one. Then it was my job to fill and hers to put on the lids and wipe off any “goop” that spilled over the side.

I hope she really likes Cherry flavor because 1 batch filled a ton of containers…

20, to be exact….  Well, maybe I can give them out as goodies to her friends, or sell them online, or … something.

The jelly/lip gloss was still kind of runny, so we popped them in the fridge to cool down and solidify again.

I find this picture kind of disturbing. They look like little pudding cups or something. I blame it on the fact that it’s hard to photograph purple (or, in this case, purpley-grey), especially when taking pics with my phone.

After letting them cool in the fridge, I tried them out. They are just a tiny bit gritty and have a slight taste of cherry. Melody is not sure she likes them. Will I make them again? Probably. There are other flavors to try and I’ve since read some tips about getting the kool-aid to mix completely.

What are your thoughts? Does this sound like something you would try? What kool-aid flavor is your favorite?

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