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DIY Natural Lipsticks Without Crushed Bugs or Fish Scales

By Lo Lankford
8/20/2013 11:53:01 AM

When it comes to buying products that go directly onto your body, it's a tricky job making sure you aren't loading up on a bunch of, well, junk. With the most popular (and oftentimes cheapest) drugstore products being the biggest offenders, it's hard to avoid the bad. That's why I'm always on the hunt for the best handmade products and instructions for making things myself. In the past, I've covered making and buying handmade candles, laundry detergent, lip balm, deodorant, lotion and eye shadow. Now, let's talk about lipstick!

Did you know that commercial lipsticks may contain ingredients as bizarre as crushed beetles and fish scales? Gross. Luckily, lipstick is relatively easy to make and only has a few main ingredients. You will need something useful to keep it in, which is often the hardest part. Like many DIY products, it's easy to customize your lipstick, so if you've got specific needs due to your skin type or you just want a very specific color, you can make it!

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BASIC LIPSTICK RECIPE

1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles

1 teaspoon Shea butter or Cocoa Butter

1 teaspoon coconut oil

This recipe creates a smooth, clear lipstick that is moisturizing and protective. Totally natural, it's safe on lips and skin and is very plain.

If you'd like to add color, you can try these options:

For Red: 1/8 teaspoon of beet root powder or 1 drop of natural red food coloring.

For Brown/Tan: 1/4 teaspoon of organic cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon or turmeric

For a Matte texture: 1/4 teaspoon bentonite clay

For Scent: A drop of essential oil of choice

To make:

1. Melt the beeswax, shea butter/cocoa butter and coconut oil in a glass jar without a lid. You'll do this by placing it in a small pot of simmering water.

2. Once everything is well melted, remove the jar from heat and add any optional ingredients listed above.

3. Once all ingredients are mixed well but still liquid, use a dropper to pour into a lip chap container or whatever you want to hold your lipstick in. Know that it it will expand slightly as it cools, so don't fill all the way to the top. Leave to cool and store in a cool place.

On the next page, check out five of my favorite natural, handmade lipsticks currently being sold online!

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