Women around the world apply toxic, synthetic ingredients to their face, including around mucous-membrane eyes and mouths, daily. The chemicals are blinked into eyes, seeped into pores, and accidentally licked into mouths daily, accumulating over a woman’s lifespan. Hence, the reason for my DIY lipstick recipe.
Don’t you want to know those ingredients are safe? The first stop is the Environmental Working Group (1) database to identify products that are made without toxic chemicals, fragrances, and preservatives. Often, this is the only step someone will consider because it’s hard to believe cosmetics can be replicated at home. This simply isn’t the case – you can DIY cosmetics just like any other topical formulation!
Dangerous Chemicals in Lipstick
Learn how to avoid these dangerous chemicals by making my DIY lipstick recipe. Have you ever wondered how many chemicals you’re swallowing by putting toxic lipstick on your lips? Studies suggests that up to 75% of all lipsticks contain lead! Our friend Dr. Josh Axe published a fantastic article about how dangerous they can be! This is what he says….
“Lipstick and glosses are often ingested over the course of the day so the impact of any toxin is heightened above and beyond skin absorption levels. According to prior research, the Berkeley scientists estimated average lipstick use as twice-a-day applications and heavy use as applying lip gloss or lipstick 10 times a day. One application spreads 10 milligrams of product across a woman’s lips, most of which is ingested. Average use of lipstick means that a woman ingests about 24 milligrams of product. Women that apply lipstick or lip gloss frequently may be ingesting as much as 87 milligrams of product per day.
“The researchers compared what the women were likely ingesting in lip products to health standards for heavy metal consumption like those defined by the EPA for drinking water. They found that average lipstick or lip gloss use in these products resulted in women exceeding daily intake guidelines for aluminum, cadmium, chromium and manganese. In 10 of the products they looked at, daily use meant that a woman would exceed chromium intake recommendations by 100%.”
DIY Lipstick with Natural Coloring
My DIY lipstick recipe is nothing more complicated than a jazzed up lip balm. Mix and match the natural coloring ingredients for safe, non-toxic options for lip color. You can mix as needed to get the desired tone, up to 1/4 teaspoon total.
- 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon beeswax / beeswax beads
- 1 teaspoon cocoa or shea butter
- 1-2 drops of essential oils
- lip balm tubes or tins
Natural Coloring Ingredients (Optional):
- ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon beet powder
- ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon cacoa powder
- ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon maca powder
- ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon spirulina powder
- ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- Set a glass measuring cup or a jar into a sauce pan with an inch of water in it to create a double boiler.
- Melt the wax, carrier oil and shea butter in the jar over medium heat.
- Stir in optional coloring.
- Finally, remove from heat and quickly stir in a drop or two of essential oil for fragrance and nourishment, like cinnamon, peppermint, lavender, or lemongrass.
- Pour into lip balm tins or sticks.
- Let cool.
Word of Caution: Most reports state that citrus oils are phototoxic (can cause excessive burning when exposed to the sun) to varying degrees. If you choose to use citrus in your lipstick, be careful to only use 1 drop and stick with the list that’s considered safe according to the classic text, Essential Oil Safety:
- Bergamot Oil (FCF) – Bergaptene/Furanocoumarins is removed
- Blood Orange Oil
- Lemon Oil (Steam Distilled)
- Lime Oil (Steam Distilled)
- Mandarin Oil
- Sweet Orange Oil
- Orange Leaf Oil
- Satsuma Oil (Cold/Expeller Pressed)
- Tangelo Oil
- Tangerine Oil
- Yuzu Oil