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DIY: Make Your Own Lipstick!

Just this week, we shared with you five of our favorite natural lipstick options. This got us thinking about making our own lipstick and, with a successful recipe established, we’re ready to share!

When it comes to buying products that go directly onto your body, it’s a tricky job making sure you aren’t loading up on a bunch of, well, junk. With the most popular (and often cheapest) drugstore products being the biggest offenders, it’s hard to avoid the bad. That’s why we’re always on the hunt for the best handmade products and instructions for making things ourselves…and then sharing them with you. Now, let’s talk about lipstick!

Did you know that commercial lipsticks may contain harmful and bizarre ingredients such as lead, crushed beetles and fish scales? Gross! Luckily, lipstick is relatively easy to make and has only a few main ingredients. You’ll need to find some kind of container to keep it in, which is often the hardest part of the process. Like many DIY products, it’s easy to customize your lipstick, so if you have certain needs due to your skin type or you just want a very specific color, you can make it happen!


  • 1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles
  • 1 teaspoon shea butter or cocoa butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

This recipe creates a smooth, clear lipstick that is moisturizing and protective. Totally natural, it’s safe on lips and skin and is very plain. If you’d like to add color, you can try these options:

  • For red: 1/8 teaspoon of beet root powder or 1 drop of natural red food coloring
  • For brown/tan: 1/4 teaspoon of organic cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon or turmeric
  • For a matte texture: 1/4 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • For scent: A drop of essential oil of your choice

To make:

1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter/cocoa butter and coconut oil in a glass jar without a lid. You’ll do this by placing the jar in a small pot of simmering water.

2. Once everything is well melted, remove the jar from the heat and add any optional ingredients listed above.

3. Once all ingredients are mixed well but still liquid, use a dropper to pour into a lip balm container or whatever you want to hold your lipstick. Know that it will expand slightly as it cools, so don’t fill the container all the way to the top. Leave to cool and store in a cool place.

Would you ever try making your own lipstick? What color would you choose? Do you try to buy natural beauty products? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  1. Blonde_Alpaca

    Posted by Blonde_Alpaca on May 15, 2017 at 10:07

    is there something else that can be used to substitute shea butter other than cocoa butter?

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by JesusRox on August 2, 2014 at 19:22

    Sounds great! But does it melt? We made deodorant before, and you had to keep it in the fridge. It was made with coconut oil, that is why I am asking.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dalaney12 on January 10, 2014 at 17:23

    Does anyone have an idea on where I can find these ingredients??

  4. LeeRae99

    Posted by LeeRae99 on October 11, 2013 at 14:10

    Oh my gosh! I totally love this!! In fact, imma see if my bestie wants to do this at her upcoming birthday sleepover!!!! I actually make all my own all natural bath and body products! Check out my website! http://www.nojunkbathandbody.com

  5. kungfugirl

    Posted by kungfugirl on October 7, 2013 at 12:49

    I do not think this is a good idea. Girls everywhere think that they are ‘ugly’. You are encouraging them to cover up there faces with makeup when they are already beautiful. Makeup is wrong no matter what.

    • kungfugirl

      Posted by kungfugirl on December 25, 2013 at 19:26

      I guess your right girls. I guess you can wrar makeup ( as long as you don’t wear too much.)

    • Gods_gal

      Posted by Gods_gal on October 18, 2013 at 21:27

      I’d don’t think it’s wrong. As long as you don’t use a lot of it. Like, I have blonde tips on my eyelashes and it makes them look really short so I use a little mascara. I use foundation to cover up acne sometimes. And I I want my eyes to pop I use natural eye shadow. I think it just depends on how you use it.

      • floralcuteness16

        Posted by floralcuteness16 on November 7, 2013 at 15:41

        I agree with Gods_gal – it depends on the intentions behind using makeup. If you are using makeup to cover up your face and “make you look more beautiful”, then that is wrong. But when you use makeup to enhance your natural beauty (i like to use a little foundation because since my kidneys dont work well they make rashes on my skin, and i like to have fun with all the pretty colors of eyeshadows and lipsticks). Alot of days ill just decide to not wear makeup to make sure that im not vain or idolize makeup. There is nothing wrong with makeup; it just all depends on how you use it and what your intentions are behind it.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by LightningDaydream on October 1, 2013 at 20:13

    I recently found a healthy DIY lipstick recipe that only has three ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon of castor oil, 1/2 teaspoon of 100% shea butter, and a half a stick of a non-toxic crayon (yes, a crayon) of any color you want.
    You make the lipstick using a metal pot and filling it halfway with hot water, put it on the stove, take a stainless steel bowl (like a mixing bowl) and place it on the pot. Then you put the ingredients in the bowl, turn the stove on medium-high and stir it until it’s melted and mixed completely. Then turn off the stove and scoop it out of the bowl with a spoon and pour it in an empty lipstick tube and put it in the fridge for ten minutes.

  7. tinamusicofficial

    Posted by tinamusicofficial on September 22, 2013 at 17:05


  8. cocoarose

    Posted by cocoarose on September 20, 2013 at 00:56

    What’s an alternative to beeswax? if anyone knows 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by caleen on September 29, 2013 at 17:40

      for an alternative for beeswax you might try parafin (plain old wax found in the canning section of walmart) it should work, but it might have a slightly different texture, and it doesnt have a color like beeswax. hope this helps!!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by on September 19, 2013 at 12:37

    This is cool! I really want to try it!!!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by kluckyklent on September 19, 2013 at 09:30

    I do think it would be cool to make my own. I would probably try a soft pink color. I don’t try to find natural beauty products just because of prices. I have seen an awesome youtube tutorial on making lipstick with crayons.