It's that time of year when I chase our kids around with chapstick, warning them to head off the inevitable chapped lips. And because they never listen, I find myself sneaking into their rooms at night and smearing A&D ointment anywhere on their face I can get it. To try and keep these charades to a minimum this year for at least one kid, I decided to help Cam make her own "lip gloss" after I spotted this tutorial on BuzzFeed.
It's really just a bit of coconut oil colored with non-toxic crayon wax, but it seems to have done the trick! It goes on mostly clear with just a hint of color, but a rainbow is still just too enticing to pass up. Plus Cam thinks it's "real makeup," so she's all over it.
To make your own, you'll need:
- clear empty cosmetic jars (we used these 20 ml jars)
- a rainbow colored set of crayons
- coconut oil
- a microwaveable safe glass bowl
- a stirring utensil (we used chopsticks)
Start by letting your kiddo peel all the crayons and then break them up (one of Cam's favorite parts). For each 20 ml jar, melt two tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave for about 1 minute, 15 seconds.
Then have your child drop in one color of broken up crayon pieces and stir carefully with your utensil -- the coconut oil will be hot, so make sure you are using caution.
If the crayons have not completely dissolved, you can microwave the mixture for a few more seconds and stir again. Have an adult pour the mixture into the empty cosmetic jar and set aside to cool. Repeat with other colors. After about 15 minutes, they'll be set!