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Just when you thought you’ve seen it all when it comes to beauty, something always comes and trips you up. Lava lamp lip glosses?! This weirdly fascinating lip product will first make you think, “Who thought of this?” and then, “How do I make it?” We can’t answer the first question, but we’re here to take care of the second.

What is this lava lamp lip gloss?


No, that is not a lava lamp. Yes, that is a beauty product and not some weird science experiment. What you’re looking at is the lava lamp lip gloss, inspired by the iconic lava lamps of the 1960’s. Lava lamps have come to symbolise the trippy and psychedelic, and we think its lip gloss variation does not disappoint. Best part? You can make it right in your own kitchen.

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The science behind it is simple. It’s basically a blob of glycerin (coloured with the food colouring of your choice) that is floating about in a clear natural oil that will act as your lip gloss. That also means that this lip gloss will be clear, no matter what colour you’ve chosen for your lava.

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How do you make it?

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This recipe will make about 10 or so bottles of the lava lamp lip gloss.

You will need:

  • Roller ball bottles (each will hold about ~10mL)
  • Flavour oils (your lip gloss will taste like this, so choose wisely)
  • 2 measuring cups with pouring spouts, one to be at least 30mL capacity and the other at least 60mL capacity
  • Castor oil or others (most vegetable oils should be fine, like sweet almond, etc.)
  • Food colouring
  • Liquid vegetable glycerin
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Sweetener (optional)
  • Mica powder (optional – add if you want a shimmer to your lava!)


  1. Pour about 30 mL of liquid glycerin into a measuring cup.
  2. Add your food colouring of choice drop by drop, mixing well after each drop until the glycerin reaches your desired colour.
  3. Throw in the tiniest pinch of mica powder if you want some shimmering lava. You can have too much of a good thing, so don’t put in too much or it might clog up the roller ball.
  4. Make sure everything is mixed well before you start pouring it into the roller ball bottles. Fill about 1/3 of each bottle with the mixture.
  5. In the other measuring cup, pour about 60 mL of castor oil (or your vegetable oil of choice).
  6. Pour in about 7.5 mL of your chosen flavour oil (you can adjust the volume according to taste).
  7. Add about 15 drops of Vitamin E oil.
  8. Add a bit of sweetener if you’d like your lip gloss to taste that way. Most flavour oils aren’t pre-sweetened.
  9. Pour this mixture into the roller ball bottles to fill up, but leave some space to accommodate the roller ball.

Voila! You have yourself an amazing new lip gloss that people won’t be able to take their eyes of. We could think of so many ways you could use this recipe: whether it’s for your own entertainment, for an activity at a party (for both children and adults), for a sleepover, or as a fun and cheap way to make door gifts, these lava lamp lip glosses will most certainly steal the show.

Or, you can just watch the equally fascinating process as done by beauty YouTuber Rachel from Rclbeauty101.