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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
  1. 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
  2. Add colourings such as beetroot powder or cochineal (non vegetarian) blended with titanium dioxide and iron oxide (only use lab treated iron oxide)
  3. Add a few drops of vitamin E oil – a natural antioxidant
  4. Add essential oils, vanilla extract, coffee shavings or chocolate shavings for flavour
  5. Pour into a suitable container and let cool for 30 mins

Lip Balm

Follow the same process but leave out the colourings and add a few drops of a soothing essential oil like calendula.

Lip Gloss

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


  • Amanda on April 23, 2009

    Ooooh Owen showed me this when he bought a copy and I thought of you! I think this is worth a go…

  • Gemma on April 23, 2009

    We should give this a go!

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