Make Your Own All-Natural Lipstick, Gloss and Balm
April 13, 2009
I bought the UK launch issue of Wired Magazine last weekend and was surprised to find an article in their how-to section describing how to make your own all-natural lipstick, gloss and balm.
- Wax for stiffness
- Oil for filminess
- Emollient for moisturising
- Pigments for colouring
- Over a hot water bath (ideally a double boiler) mix beeswax or carnauba wax with an emollient such as caster oil, then cocoa or avacado butter at a ratio of 1 part wax: 4 parts oil: 3 parts butter
- Add colourings such as beetroot powder or cochineal (non vegetarian) blended with titanium dioxide and iron oxide (only use lab treated iron oxide)
- Add a few drops of vitamin E oil – a natural antioxidant
- Add essential oils, vanilla extract, coffee shavings or chocolate shavings for flavour
- Pour into a suitable container and let cool for 30 mins
Follow the same process but leave out the colourings and add a few drops of a soothing essential oil like calendula.
Alter the ratio of wax to oil and butter. Gloss should be thick, so use 28 parts oil: 1 part wax: 3 parts oil. Castor oil is best used as it is thick and therefore clings to lips.
If you try this recipe, let us know how it turns out!
Image source: loisy on Flickr
- Wired Magazine May 09