How to Make Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

Take a peek at our instructions on how to make Kool-Aid Lip Gloss. My 5 year old and 7 year old were impressed with this experiment and I’m sure your kids will also be thrilled with this activity and the lip smacking results. For more inspiration on DIY Kool-Aid projects check out this site where you can upload your own creations too for a chance to win tickets to see and meet the boy band Big Time Rush.

How to Make Kool Aid Lip Gloss


It’s seriously super simple and only takes between 5-10 minutes to make a lip gloss flavored by Kool-Aid. These make cute party favors for little girls and are just a fun way to get busy and the creative in the kitchen using some regular household ingredients.

What Ingredients You Need to Make Lip Gloss from Kool-AidHow to Make Kool Aid Lip Gloss

Honestly, this activity is SOOOO easy. Just use traditional Vaseline and select a variety of Kool-Aid flavors to try out. We bought Grape and Tropical Fruit since they were favorites selected by Kenzie and Kyle. You can pick up Vaseline or Store brand Petroleum Jelly and Kool-Aid at your local retailer or online if you don’t have any in stock at home.

Next, buying tiny lip balm jars or pots to store your Kool-Aid lip gloss will complete your project. I used little lip balm jars in the 5 gram size that I purchased online in a set of 30. You can use a bigger container, but I figured the kids adore the cute tiny containers and this way they could make a bunch and share them with friends.


Step by Step Instructions to Make Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

1. Scoop out about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Vaseline into a microwaveable safe dish. The kids can help with this sticky and gooey step too! Just use a spoon and scoop out approximate amounts. I don’t think you need to be totally precise, the Vaseline is a mess so don’t both making a measuring cup dirty.

2. Microwave your Vaseline in 1 minute increments – for about 4 minutes total to melt it completely.Stir it every minute. 

(Please wear an oven mitt and do NOT let the kids do this portion of the activity or they will get burned. It’s totally fine for Mom, I just knew I had to be careful since I was dealing with a hot liquid. After I carefully removed the melted vaseline from the microwave I was able to instruct the kids to pour in our Kool-Aid mix to the Vaseline so they could still assist- I just didn’t want them touching or stirring the hot liquid)


3. Immediately remove the melted Vaseline from the Microwave and quickly add in your packet of Kool-Aid to achieve your desired color and scent. Stir in your Kool-Aid and be sure your Vaseline is basically pure liquid at this point. It is very important your Vaseline is basically pure liquid and super hot so that it will melt your Kool-Aid crystals and mostly dissolve these Kool-Aid crystals. Don’t worry if some crystals fall to the bottom of your mixture, as long as the top is all liquid and shaded the color you’d like your lip balm to become, you are set.

4.After your stir in your Kool-Aid and mostly dissolve your Kool-Aid crystals, carefully spoon our this new colored liquid vaseline into your lip balm pots.Let it sit for a 1-2 hours and it will become solid. I think it is important to do this step quickly, before your Vaseline begins to solidfy again. Scoop liquid from the TOP of your bowl of melted Vaseline, as it will be more liquid and make the best lip gloss. . Also, you do NOT want a grainy lip gloss, and I noticed that the crystals pooled together at the bottom of our mixture. The mixture from the bottom of our bowl, made for a brighter color, but who wants grainy vaseline on their lips. Not me or Kenzie!

Our best smoothest lip gloss came from the pure liquid I scooped into lip pots.


Tips for Making Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

1. Think about what “color” your Kool-Aid will turn your lip gloss – reds and pinks will be more practical than orange.  Our 1st attempt using Grape Kool-Aid – a taste that we adore – did not look very pretty at all when mixed with our Vaseline base. As it turned out a gross pasty grey shade! I think if I used less vaseline it might have turned out more purple, but after that initial attempt we opted for our reddish tropical fruit flavored Kool-Aid mix.

2. Avoid making a “grainy” lip gloss. Trust me, you do NOT want a grainy lip gloss with chunks of Kool-Aid crystals. You want a traditional “Vaseline” lip gloss.  I noticed that the Kool-Aid crystals pooled together at the bottom of our mixture – particuarly the longer my mixture sat after we made it and before I scooped it in the lip pots.

The mixture from the bottom of our bowl, made for a brighter color, but who wants grainy vaseline on their lips. Not me or Kenzie!

Our best smoothest lip gloss came from the pure liquid I scooped into lip pots.

3. Be careful when heating the Vaseline in the microwave. Kids should NOT do this step at all and this entire activity requires adult supervision.

4. Remind your kids that they should never EAT or consume Vaseline lip gloss. It is for external use only to apply to your lips. 

5. If your mix smells bitter, dissolve some sugar into your hot vaseline and Kool-Aid mixture. We did not add sugar to our Kool-Aid and melted Vaseline Mix but I heard that this will sweeten the scent of your lip balm. If your mix turns out bitter smelling, this is an option to sweeten the scent. Our lip balm didn’t smell bitter and honestly felt like normal Vaseline but smelled like Kool-Aid when we applied it so both Grape and Tropical Fruit flavored Kool Aid with a small amount of Vaseline (1/4 cup) seemed to be a great ratio for us.

About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).


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