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DIY Roll-On Lip Gloss for Summer

Beautiful roll-top bottles of golden lip gloss with rose petals inside, surrounded by pink rose buds.

When I’m about to embark on a summer adventure, I always do the final check before walking out the door—keys, wallet, water, and lip balm. Being ill-equipped with any of these staples puts a real damper on my ability to take impromptu diversions on the roads less traveled.

I appreciate the ability to move with fluidity while on my outdoor excursions, but I don’t enjoy it when my lip balm embodies that sentiment, too—I needed a solution to prevent my beloved lip-assistant from melting in my car, backpack, or pocket. And further, I needed my non-melting lip balm to still work effectively! Then I had a light bulb moment; a roll top bottle would work wonderfully for this purpose!

Now all I needed was a recipe to make this idea a home run. Adding easily absorbed jojoba oil with a touch of the rich and longer-lasting hydration of shea butter, this lip shine checks all the boxes of a perfect lip balm, in my book.

Hopefully this DIY vegan solution will take away the worry of a balmy mess, so you can enjoy your newly discovered path and all of the flora and fauna that inhabit it.

Golden liquid lip gloss pouring from a metal double boiler into a bottle with rosebuds inside, roll-tops on the table ready to go on the bottles.

Vegan Roll-On Lip Gloss Recipe

Makes about five 10 ml. bottles



  1. Set a glass bowl, glass measuring cup, or double boiler insert over a pan of water to create a double boiler.
  2. Combine jojoba oil and shea butter in vessel. Heat over simmering water, mixing regularly, until melted and blended together.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Stir in vitamin E and essential oils, if using.
  5. Drop 2 rose buds (or botanical of choice) into each roll top bottle.
  6. Pour mixture into bottles and secure lid when fully cooled.
  7. Shake before use, and enjoy!

Pro Tips:

  • This recipe was created with warm weather in mind and will not be as liquified when cold. However, it’s been perfect when stored in my pocket, even when the days get a bit nippier.
  • If you choose another essential oil besides sweet, summery basil, you will want to avoid oils that are known to be phototoxic, like citrus.


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Written by Jessicka on July 14, 2020

Jessicka Nebesni works as a Marketing Strategist and is always working towards sharing the most educational, empowering, and useful resources with the Mountain Rose Herbs community. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to share. She is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s "The Science and Art of Herbalism" and is eagerly awaiting open enrollment for the Master Food Preservers course this coming spring. Her passions include preserving food, gardening, practicing herbal wellness, making DIY skin and body care recipes, and living a lifestyle of minimal impact on the Earth.

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