Homemade Lipstick

With 2 days left, I am down to makeup products. Everything else I use on my body is homemade and/or natural.  Out of lip stick, eyeliner, and mascara, lip sick seems to be the easiest.  Here are a few great recipes that I found.

Lip Balm #1

This recipe will keep your lips soft and smooth. You can also mix and match your oils to create your own specialty lip balm.  For ideas on coloring see below.

1 tsp. Beeswax beads (for a vegan version try carnauba or candelilla wax)

2 tsp. Shea Butter (or try Mango Butter, Avocado Butter, Cocoa Butter, Pumpkin Butter, etc.)

1 tsp. Carrier Oil (try Olive, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Apricot, Camellia, Borage, Rosehip, etc.)

up to 1/8 tsp. lip safe essential oil (hemp, peppermint, lavender, anise, and cinnamon.  Stay away from lime, orange, grapefruit, and bergamot which can cause the sun to burn your lips)

1.     Gently melt all ingredients together on low heat.

2.     Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

3.     Add Essential oil and/or colorants and mix well.

4.     Pour into lip balm tubes or pots.

This recipe will make about 3 – 4 tubes or 2 pots of lip balm.

Optional Color Add-Ins

  • For Red Hues: 1/8 teaspoon of beet root powder
  • For Brown/Tan Hues: 1/4 teaspoon (or more for color) of cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon or turmeric to get the shade you want
  • For a more Matte texture: 1/4 teaspoon bentonite clay- use this with a color so it doesn’t leave a white tint on the lips.

Lip Balm #2

1 tsp. Beeswax beads (for a vegan version try carnauba or candelilla wax)

3 tsp. Carrier Oil (try Olive, Avocado, Sweet Almond, Apricot, Camellia, Borage, Rosehip, etc.)

up to 1/8 tsp. lip safe essential oil (hemp, peppermint, lavender, anise, and cinnamon.  Stay away from lime, orange, grapefruit, and bergamot which can cause the sun to burn your lips)

1.     Gently melt all ingredients together on low heat.

2.     Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

3.     Add essential oil and mix well.

4.     Pour into lip balm tubes or pots.

This recipe will make 20 mls. (about 3 – 4 tubes or 2 small pots) of lip balm.

To make either of the above lip balm recipes into a lip stain, try adding lip safe color.

Optional Color Add-Ins

  • For Red Hues: 1/8 teaspoon of beet root powder
  • For Brown/Tan Hues: 1/4 teaspoon (or more for color) of cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon or turmeric to get the shade you want
  • For a more Matte texture: 1/4 teaspoon bentonite clay- use this with a color so it doesn’t leave a white tint on the lips.

Lipstick

  •  1 teaspoon beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon Shea butter or Cocoa Butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Optional Color Add-Ins

  • For Red Hues: 1/8 teaspoon of beet root powder
  • For Brown/Tan Hues: 1/4 teaspoon (or more for color) of cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon or turmeric to get the shade you want
  • For a more Matte texture: 1/4 teaspoon bentonite clay- use this with a color so it doesn’t leave a white tint on the lips.

Melt the beeswax, shea butter/cocoa butter and coconut oil in a glass jar without a lid in a small pot of simmering (not boiling) water. It should melt quickly because so little of each ingredient is used.

When melted, remove from heat and add any optional ingredients like color or scent .  For example: a tiny pinch of beet root powder (1/8 tsp or less), 1/4 tsp cocoa powder, 1/8 tsp bentonite clay, 1/8 tsp cinnamon and a drop of peppermint essential oil.

Once all ingredients are mixed well but still liquid, use a dropper to pour into the lip chap container. Fill just below the top as it will expand slightly as it cools. Leave to cool for at least half an hour. Store in a cool place (under 80 degrees) or it will soften.

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60 thoughts on “Homemade Lipstick

  1. oh, I understand. I ordered the shea butter (which I use for lotions, etc) online (2 lbs for $10), and a friend gave me a bunch of bees wax, and I found the oils on sale at a GNC not long ago. But they are not just at your local grocery store for 50 cents. That’s for sure. I’m surprised at how long everything is lasting though. I’ve been able to make so much with a little amount. I hope things go well with you. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for the recipe. I recently acquired 2 bee hives and I’ve collected a bunch of wax. I want to try making useful things (candles, furniture polish, lip balm) with them – now I’ve got my first idea!

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    • I’m not sure what your “mess” was like….Make sure you add color in the end when all ingredients are melted together and warm. Let me know what happened and I would be glad to try and help.

      • Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, well I followed the recipe for the lipstick, but when I tried to add the beet root powder, it all sunk to the bottom and looked very gritty. After grinding the powder with a grout and pestle, I tried again. Same result. Am I doing something wrong??

      • I’ve blended mine with a hand mixer and have never had it clump. It does that with soap, but I’ve never seen it do that with this recipe. Did you try a mixer? Other than that, I’m not sure exactly why yours is clumping up. You can try something else to color color it instead if you’re not having any luck with the beet root powder. There are other options mentioned, you can also use clays. Sorry you’re having trouble.

      • I like to use a food processor for blending addends into oils and melted waxes. I also have a very small jar that is made to use with my blender, another excellent choice. The trick may be to pulverize the powder finely enough (again, the blender may be the go-to) and then to blend the final product until it begins to set up, which would be once it cooled some. I find that works best and can even add small amounts of tisanes with ease and completely incorporate them. So, if the beet addend was rehydrated…who knows?
        Question: Do any of these recipes turn out opaque? I’m not really looking for a gloss, but something more like Avon. :oops:

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  5. When I make my lip balm I am using a medicine dropper to add it to the container. I fill them all the way to the top, but most of them seem to settle lower in the middle after they harden up. They aren’t level with the top of the container. When they settle sometimes there is a tiny circle showing in the middle. What is the trick to get them all the way full so they are level after they harden? Would a syringe work better for filling the containers? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • It’s not what you use to fill them, it’s how they cool. I fill mine until they are bubbled up, about to overflow and it definitely helps. They may sink a little, but no hole. It’s easier on hot days when they cool slower.

      • Thank you! I was just filling them level to the top and I found if I added more later on it would chip off.

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  7. I’m so glad I found your site, I’ve bookmarked you and can’t wait to try some of your ‘recipes” …….

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  9. Hi, Thank you very much for your website. I have tried to make the lip balm with beet root powder for color. It is very gritty. Is there a way to get the beet root powder to disolve and still have a good red color? On another attempt,it was a lot dark, but stilly gritty. Thanks so much, ~V

    • It may be the beet root powder you are using. Someone else mentioned that problem, but I’ve never had it. In fact it turns out silky smooth. I would try another brand, like spicesage.com. You can also use clays, alkanet, or hibiscus powder.

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  11. Colouring my lipstick with cocoa powder and beetroot powder doesn’t seem to affect the colour on my lips. The product in the container is a deep brown but it goes onto my lips colourless. Any advice please?

    • Yes, it will enrich the color of your lips, but if you want it to really add color you just have to add a lot more beet root and cocoa. You can remelt what you made and add more until it suits your liking.

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  13. It’s great to have this to refer to. I think a coffee bean grinder would pulverize the beet root powder before adding it to your melting pot. I will do this before I make my first batch. Thank everyone. I learned by reading.

  14. I am definitely following. I’ve been starting from roots to toes. I’m up to natural DIY shampoo, conditioner, detangler, dry shampoo, face cleanser and moisturizer. Makeup is next on the docket.

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  15. I miss lipstick. I feel absolutely naked with out it! I will have to try this. Would love it if you will share this with my readers on Oil me Up Wednesdays at My Lamp is Full.

  16. I’m loving this! I’m experiencing menopausal acne and covering it up with my make-up. This was next on my list to make. I have all the ingredients but the color. My question is ;if some are having trouble with the beetroot powder, could we add it while the mixture is still simmering so it would dissolve better? also do you have an inexpensive way (on my home computer) that I could print labels?

    • I’ve used very fine beet root powder from myspicesage.com and haven’t had any problems with blending. As for labels, you can download for free and print using Avery, but you’ll need to buy their labels. There’s at least one idea :-) Hope that helps.

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  18. I am so excited to find these! I have a friend who just asked me if I would be willing to try making homemade makeup, and I’m a little nervous, but you’ve inspired me to at least try! I think the lipstick and eyeshadow will be my first attempt. :)

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