This Lip Gloss double as a sort-of “lip mask” because it contains two ingredients that lock in moisture – honey and vegetable glycerine. I tried vegetable glycerine by itself but found that it had a drying effect on my lips (last thing you want when using a DIY lip gloss!) so found that adding honey helped significantly.
I had been desperate to formulate with elderberry powder for quite a long time. When my children give me the time, I like to go foraging for elderberries in the autumn so that I can make cordial. The berries stain my fingers deep purple and I can’t think of a nicer colour to add to a lip gloss.
My first experiments with elderberry powder weren’t a huge success as I found that my elderberry powder oil infusions simply weren’t deeply coloured enough to make a standard lip balm. In fact, when I used my elderberry oil infusion in a lip balm, it turned dark green! So back to the drawing board I went and ended up making an elderberry glycerite instead which forms the foundation for this lip gloss.