Beauty & Fashion
DIY: Make Your Own Lipstick!
Written by Project Inspired | September 19, 2013
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!
BASIC LIPSTICK RECIPE
- 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
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!