This homemade lipstick recipe is the best I have tried so far. Making my own lipstick was on my to-do list for a while, because I don’t feel comfortable putting on my lips something which is chemically filled, knowing I may ingest it. I don’t know about you, but I definitely ingest my lipstick unknowingly each time I eat something.
I tried several lipstick recipes, but none of them were similar to a real lipstick. They were all like a lip balm mostly. The color did not show up on lips.
Then I came across to this recipe, and success! I loved the results.
This homemade lipstick is smooth, stays on lips, not heavy, waterproof, and moisturizing. I also noticed it gives slightly plumping effect to the lips. I can say it is a lip balm and a lipstick combo, and so much better than regular lipsticks.
The recipe is from Penta Vedra Soap Shoppe. I slightly modified it adjusting to my needs.
Pros of this homemade lipstick:
- Natural ingredients! I am not scared to ingest them while having my meals.
- Color shows on my lips!
- Not heavy.
- Stays longer than some regular chemical-filled lipsticks.
- Moisturizes the lips.
- Protects against over-drying and cracks.
- Great protection from a cold weather.
- Feels much better than some other commercial lipsticks.
- Cost-effective if you already have the ingredients. If not, it is still cost-effective as you can make lots of other beauty and care products using the same ingredients.
- If you use a smelly lanolin, your lipstick will be smelly too:-) So choose a lanolin without any smell.
- The recipe makes too much, so you better adjust the amount to your needs. I ended up with about 25-30 lipsticks of almost same color.
About the ingredients I used in this homemade lipstick recipe
Castor oil moisturizes and gives a smooth and plump feeling to lips. I do not recommend substituting it with any other oil in this recipe.
Lanolin is the best thing for cracked and chapped lips and skin. It provides a staying power to the lipstick and protects the lips from the cold, wind and any other external irritants. It is also waterproof. Lanolin is one of the essential ingredients in this lipstick. It is derived from the wool of the sheep and also called a wool wax. Use lanolin without any smell in this homemade lipstick recipe. Lansinoh Lanolin has no smell at all.
Beeswax is the wax secreted by bees to make honeycombs. It is usually yellow, but can be white if filtered. Choose a white beeswax to avoid undesired color changes in your final product. Mixing yellow with red results in orange.
Carnauba wax comes from the leaves of the Copernicia prunifera palm and also known palm wax or Brazil wax. Purified carnauba wax is considered food safe and non-toxic. I assume it is safe to use in a lipstick and I don’t know any other good substitutes.
Vitamin E oil. Choose “alpha-tocopherol” as it is the most biologically active form of the vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E is usually derived from petroleum products and it begins with “dl”, for example, “dl-alpha-tocopherol”. Do not use synthetic one.
Mica is a naturally occurring mineral, which is usually composed of potassium, iron, aluminum, magnesium and water. I can’t say it is 100% safe simply because I don’t know. I need more in-depth research on this. For now, most sources claim it is very safe. I used Rose colored mica and White (not very shimmery) mica.
Iron Oxide is basically a rust. Iron oxides are used as colorants in the cosmetic industry and considered safe when used externally. One low concern is that Iron Oxides are suspected nano-scale ingredients which can absorb into the skin. Do not sniff the Iron Oxide powder. I did not use it because I did not have it.
D&C colors mean colors that can be used in Drug & Cosmetic industries. I did not use any in this lipstick recipe (but Mica).
Grapefruit seed extract is used to preserve the product. I used a few drops of rosemary oil and I did not notice any spoilage of my homemade lipsticks which I use about a year long.
Essential Oils for fragrance. I used Vanilla essential oil and Lavender essential oil. I also used a few drops of Rosemary oil & Tea Tree oil. Use natural essential oils, not synthetic ones. Adding a few drops of Cinnamon essential oil may help plump your lips. Some people may be sensitive to Cinnamon essential oil so use precautions.
Stevia Extract for a sweet taste. Very optional. Stevia extract is a white powder and is a refined version of stevia leaves. This is not a natural product, but you need a tiny amount which will not make any changes to the consistency of our lipstick mixture.
- 2.8 oz Castor Oil
- 0.08 oz Color (Iron oxide, Mica powder, and D&C color combination to get the desired shade). I used Rose red mica.
- 0.36 oz White Mica powder for shimmery lipstick or another desired pigment
- 0.5 oz White Beeswax Pallets (or grated white Beeswax)
- 0.32 oz Carnauba Wax
- 0.06 oz Vitamin E oil
- 0.16 oz Lanolin
- Grapefruit extract - few drops (I didn't use)
- Natural flavor oil - few drops (I used Vanilla, Lavender, Tea tree, and Rosemary essential oils)
- 1-2 pinches of Stevia extract (optional)
- Pulverize the colors and mixtures in a grinder or something alike to make sure they are very fine and powdery. I used very fine Mica, so I did not do this.
- Mix castor oil, colors and pigments (I used Rose Mica and White Mica) in a double boiler or a pan. If using a pan heat the mixture over a very low heat. Stir well.
- Add beeswax pearls (or grated beeswax), carnauba wax, Stevia (optional) and Lanolin. Stir and heat until fully melted (or until it reaches170°F).
- Remove from heat. Stir. When the mixture is not very hot, add a few drops of Grapefruit seed extract and desired essential oils for scent. I used 3-4 drops of Rosemary essential oil, 8 drops of Vanilla essential oil, 10 drops of Lavender essential oil. Adding 1-2 drops of Cinnamon essential oil may help plump your lips. Some people may be sensitive to Cinnamon essential oil so use precautions. If you add the essential oils to a very hot mixture the oil scents fade away.
- Fill empty lipstick or lip balm containers with the mixture. Let cool.
Enjoy your homemade lipsticks!