Ever smelled a scent after using lip gloss a few times and thought “yuck”, what’s that smell? The little brush, attached to the top, you slip in and out of the tube of lip gloss and onto your lips accumulates bacteria. If your lip gloss smells weird, then it may very well be infected with bacteria.
“This goes for any lip product, but if you immediately reapply your lip gloss after eating food, you’re pressing left over food particles into your lips, and into the product itself. Bacteria can then live on the surface of the lip gloss brush, or inside the tube of lip gloss, which will eventually be spread onto your lips in the next application. Make sure you fully wipe off any food on your lips and if possible, brush your teeth, before reapplying lip color.” (This paragraph source cite is http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/bacteria-in-makeup). If it isn’t possible to brush your teeth, then swish some water around in your mouth.
Adding a drop of an essential oil when you first open a lip gloss will help avoid getting bacteria in the lip gloss and help the scent after multiple uses. May add another drop later on if you no longer smell the scent of the essential oil. I recommend using an essential oil you like the scent of, but use something you wouldn’t mind smelling & tasting on your lips. My recommendation is a citrus or a mint essential oil. Please make sure you use a good quality and 100% pure essential oil that is organic.
Lipstick and lip gloss have a shelf life for one to two yrs. When lipstick starts forming pitted beads on it, then it is time to toss the lipstick. Lip liners have a shelf life for two or more years. Make sure to sharpen lip liners between uses and to use a separate sharpener for them from your eye pencils. Lip stain is fairly new to the scene, so I’m unsure of the shelf life of it, and you might can use an essential oil in it depending on the container.