Gritty to Pretty

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By Lili Banchero and Ruby Smith

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Abstract

In this project we set out to find which oil works best to moisturize the lips. We decided to do this by making lip glosses with different oils in each of them. We used grapeseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. We then found the people in our class who have the most common lips. We decided it would be best to look for the people who have chapped lips because than we would hopefully get the most drastic results out of it. We gave each person a different oil and gave them the instructions to only use that lip gloss for the next few weeks. After those weeks we got our results and the coconut oil lip gloss had the best effects on chapped lips. After reviewing the rest of the results, it was clear that all of the oils did pretty well. The only one which stuck out to us besides coconut oil was the peppermint essential oil. It still had a decent effect on the lips but it felt weird when Josie put the lip gloss on. We were expecting peppermint to be the least helpful though because it is known to make the skin feel tingly. As well as we were expecting coconut oil to have the best effects because we have personally used it before and most homemade lip glosses use it. [/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIyT2FuZEklMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZhJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”80″ css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Object and Inquiry

In this lab, we will set out to discover which oils are the most moisturizing for people’s lips. Our object of our study is the lip-gloss, the inquiry is which oil will benefit the lips more. [/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIyVG9ySCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRmElM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”80″ css_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

Hypothesis

Coconut oil will be the most moisturizing and beneficial. We think this because we have both worked with coconut oil before, it is also known to be very moisturizing and overall beneficial. It is used not only on the lips but in body lotion. [/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIyUldVJTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGYSUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”80″ css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Research Write Up

Prior Knowledge:
Our prior knowledge before research was how to make a basic lip gloss. You make a basic lip gloss by putting base into a bowl and then adding as much as you want of an oil of your choice until you find your favorite viscosity, then mixing. As well as oils that claim to be moisturizing for lips.

Research:
We decided to use this lip gloss base for our experiment because the Tkb lip gloss base is made of versagel, which is both gluten free and vegan, and is safe to use on lips. It is also a big company that many businesses trust to provide the products they need. This is also the most popular company to get lip gloss base from and is sold on good reliable websites like amazon as well as their own TKB trading co. website. Since we regularly make lip gloss ourselves our own experiences have led us to trust this product and use it in this experiment.
We learned that peppermint essential oil is used commonly in cosmetics and is used for relief, and flavoring for things such as mouthwashes. Peppermint creates a cooling effect, which is nice on the lips. It is known to relieve pain, if you have chapped lips it can relieve that. It is also is very calming because of the scent. We are guessing that peppermint oil will not make lips less chapped but only relieve them for a period of time. Also, peppermint oil tends to make the skin feel cold when applied.
We learned that coconut oil is good for lip gloss because it can protect us from 90% of UV rays. Which means less chapped lips for less sun exposure. As well as that most people who make their own lip gloss use coconut oil as their oil of choice because it is one of the easiest oils to find. As well as that it makes the lips feel very soft. These are some of the reasons why we think it will be the most affective.
Some pros of olive oil is that it has anti-bacterial properties. So, it should protect your lips but not necessarily keep them less chapped. Since Lili has used it before we know that it makes your lips feel very soft while the lip gloss is on. But it doesn’t seem to affect the lips at all after the lip gloss has worn of.
Lavender essential oil is proved to reduce inflammation and sooths dry skin. So, it might not reduce how dry the lips get but sooth them when they are dry and give a relaxed feel. As well as if the
Grapeseed oil is a good moisturizer and makes the lips/skin softer along with protection from sun damage, so it should also prevent lips from being chapped. Neither of us has used it in lip gloss before so we are not sure how this one will work out.
Chapped lips are usually from cold weather and sun exposure so we will be looking into how the different oils prevent their lips from being chapped. As well as seeing if their lips will stop being chapped after using the lip glosses.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIyVGFuZE0lMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZhJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”80″ css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Tools and Materials

  • Computer
  • Notebook
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Bowl
  • Mixing utensil
  • Tkb lip gloss base (control)
  • Grapeseed oil (variable)
  • Olive oil (variable)
  • Coconut oil (variable)
  • Lavender essential oil (variable)
  • Peppermint essential oil (variable)
  • Kate (variable)
  • Molly (variable)
  • Mira (variable)
  • Gina (variable)
  • Megan (variable)
  • Josie (variable)
  • Lip gloss tubes
  • Hands
  • Gloves
  • Minds
  • Lips
  • Syringe
  • Table
  • Chair
  • Poster paper
  • Pictures 
  • phones 

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Procedure and Data

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Journal

January 31st- idea proposal composition
February 6th- object and inquiry composition
February 13th- started research
March 1st- started writing research section
March 3rd- tools and materials composition
March 4th- hypothesis composition and action plan & time frame composition
March 5th- continued research section
March 8th- continued research section
March 12th- Finished research section and composed journal and made the lip glosses for the test
March 13th-Gave the lip glosses to Gina, Mira, Megan, josie, and Kate. Then gave them instructions.
April 5th- We checked up on the lip gloss results
April 12th- Got the rest of the data
April 20th- wrote down all of the raw data
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Procedure

We started our project by coming up with an idea of something we both had in common, lip gloss. We both have small lip gloss businesses and have had experience with a lot of oils. So, our idea was to test which oil affects the lips more by giving five girls who have chapped lips different oils. When we created the lip glosses, we first put our tkb lip gloss base into five different bowls. We then added about a teaspoon of a different oil into each bowl and mixed until we got the right consistency. Next, we used a syringe to insert the different lip glosses into separate lip gloss tubes. The next day we gave the lip glosses to each of the people who agreed to help, (Megan, Mira, Kate, Gina, Josie). Then we instructed them to not use any other lip products except the lip gloss we gave each of them for the next few weeks. We told them to only apply it when their lips were dry again just because we only gave them a limited supply. At the end of those weeks we reached out and asked each of them about how the different oils in the lip glosses impacted their lips. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIyRGFuZEElMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZhJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Data and Analysis

Mira: I had the grapeseed oil, and it made my lips feel moisturized, and lasted a couple hours. I also made my lips look and feel great!
Megan: I loved the lip gloss!! Using it made my lips more moisturized and it did not irritate my lips at all, and they feel less chapped. I had the lavender oil. I seriously use it at least every day.
Gina: I had olive oil. The lip gloss was super moisturizing and my lips never felt dry. It was also super thick and glossy which I really like.
Josie: I had the peppermint oil lip gloss. My lips felt different, and they were more moisturized. The lip gloss kind of tingled but nothing bad. After a week it made my lips more moisturized. I would consider using it normally.
Kate: My lips felt drastically different. My lips weren’t cracking by the end of the week. The lip gloss did not irritate my lips. The difference was that my lips weren’t as dry or cracked and they felt great. I had the coconut oil. Maybe since I’m usually using chap stick.  
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Results and Conclusion

After our project we concluded that coconut oil is the best oil. We concluded this because the person who tested the coconut oil lip gloss came back with the best and most drastic results. In the short time frame they used the lip gloss it benefited their lips exponentially. That, and we both have store bought chap sticks that are coconut oil based. So, with our prior knowledge and our data we concluded that coconut oil is the best.  [/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIySWFuZFIlMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZhJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_separator color=”black” el_width=”80″ css_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Insights and Reflections

Lili: I enjoyed this project because it was really fun. I liked making the lip gloss, it helped me learn how different oils affect the lips. This would have gone better if we had less variables. Everyone’s lips re different so that is another variable. I think it would have been more accurate if we did a bigger pool.
Ruby: I really enjoyed doing this project since making lip gloss is so fun! It helped me learn which oil I can trust the most to moisturize my lips. This will be very helpful if I want to buy a lip gloss, then I can hopefully find an ingredient in it that I either want or don’t want. However, a few of the things I would change next time would be that instead of getting peoples feedback at the end of the week we could do it day to day. As well as having before and after pictures so people can see the effects of each lip gloss for themselves. The other thing is that everybody has different lips. We didn’t have quite enough resources and time to find people with the exact same lips. But we ended up narrowing it down as best as we could to the people in our classroom who have the most chapped lips. 
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Bibliography

https://tkbtrading.com/products/tkb-gloss-base-versagel
This is a good website because it is the main website of Tkb base for lip gloss. Tkb is the main lip gloss base company for the lip gloss industry because it makes gluten free and vegan products. We used this site to see the specific ingredients they put in their lip gloss base.

https://healthyfocus.org/essential-oils-for-chapped-lips/
This is a reliable resource because we couldn’t find any signs it was a blog. As well as that it has provided a lot of reliable accurate information, after doing some background research.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-uses
This is a good resource because it is checked by experts and written based off scientific facts. Also, it is unbiased and not trying to sell us something. As well as that it’s not a blog.

https://www.healthline.com/health/grapeseed-oil-for-skin
This is a good resource because it is checked by experts and written based off of scientific facts. Also, it is unbiased and not trying to sell us something. As well as that it’s not a blog.

https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-peppermint-oil
This is a good resource because it is checked by experts and written based off of scientific facts. Also, it is unbiased and not trying to sell us something. As well as that it’s not a blog.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-olive-oil
This is a good resource because it is checked by experts and written based off of scientific facts. Also, it is unbiased and not trying to sell us something. As well as that it’s not a blog.

https://www.healthline.com/health/lavender-oil-for-skin
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