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3 ways to make safe natural lipstick

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3 recipes for non-toxic lipstick to make at home

Is lipstick really toxic? Probably not, according to the FDA, despite widespread internet discussion that lipstick contains lead. Nevertheless, lead found in lipsticks left consumers wondering about the safety of a number of cosmetics.

As an alternative to leaded lipstick, you might consider making your own lipstick at home for a fraction of the cost you would pay at the cosmetic counter. Whether or not lipstick is toxic, the question remains, why would anyone choose to put lead on their lips?

You can enjoy your favorite lip color and express a bit of creativity at the same time with these homemade solutions.

Crayon Lipstick

Crayons are made from paraffin wax that is safe and harmless. To make a non-toxic and inexpensive lipstick at home, choose your favorite oil for the base and mix your colors. The result of the combinations can be endless.

You can even make your own gloss without the color to keep your lips moist or for treating chapped lips.

What you will need:

  • ½ crayon in the desired color
  • ½ teaspoon of jojoba oil for gloss - you can also use coconut oil
  • A small chunk of Shea butter about the size of an almond
  • Crush the crayon into small pieces and then mix the pieces with jojoba and Shea butter in a small bowl. Next, simmer water on the stove and put the bowl on top, stirring until the mixture is blended. Put the mixture in containers and put the lipsticks in the refrigerator. TIP: Tap the containers while they cool to stop bubbles from forming. After it cools, just put it on your lips.

    On a recent episode of “The Doctors” TV show, it was noted the average woman carries about $400 worth of makeup in her cosmetic bag. Making cosmetics at home can be much less expensive.

    The above tip for making non-toxic lipstick was offered by beauty expert Jeannie Mai.

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    Jell-O lip stain

    If you just want a little color for the lips, try staining them with cherry or strawberry Jell-O. All you need to do is moisten a Q-tip or lip brush; then dip it in the Jell-O crystals. Apply the crystals to your lip and then rub them together.

    Buff any residue off with a clean Q-tip. Repeat the application until your lips have a natural rose color. If you want to add shine, use a salve, lip balm or vitamin E mixed with Jell-O or apply it over the stain.


    Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home and Natural Beauty from the Garden" has a lipstick recipe using dried beet root with sunflower oil and beeswax that will soften your mouth and soothe chapped lips.

  • Melt 1 tbsp. of sunflower oil and 1 tbsp. of beeswax in the microwave or in a double boiler to avoid burning the mixture.
  • Slowly add dried beet root for the desired color that can range from pale pink to deep red, stirring constantly.
  • Let it cool and apply it to your lips.
  • Store the finished product in clean container for the next use.
  • You can also take beet juice from the can or jar and make a lip stain like with Jell-O. Apply the juice directly to your lips, taking care to stay within the lip lines. After about 3-minutes the stain will set and you can blot the excess.

    Fruity lipstick

    Another option is to apply the juice from cherries, strawberries or raspberries. As with the other homemade non-toxic lipsticks, you can use an emollient like beeswax, lip balm or petroleum jelly to add a shine.

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reminds us that personal products with harmful chemicals add up. The average woman uses 12 products that contain 168 products each day. Each one is tested for safety with the assumption we are using one product a day.

    Making your own non-toxic lipstick is easy and perfect for the budget-minded woman. Another perk is that you know what you are putting on your lips- 61 percent of lipsticks tested contain lead in low amounts. The health risks, according to the FDA are minimal – but then again, why take a chance?

    FDA: “Lipstick and Lead: Questions and Answers
    Environmental Working Group



    Crayon lipstick is super unsafe!! Even the crayola company themselves says do not do it! Nontoxic does not mean edible. Wearing something on your lips means you will eat it, although eating one crayon won't kill you, wearing this lipstick can make you very sick and DEFINITELY is not safer than lipstick you can buy. Crayons are found to have 2-3 TIMES as much lead as the worst lipstick on the market. The minerals they contains such as iron can also make you super sick!!!! Wear this once to a party, sure. Don't hurt yourself in the name of fashion!! Once these toxins build up in your body you may have done damage that can't be undone!
    Crayola DOES NOT Contain lead. If it did they would be banned from the U.S. They are only made from the wax they mentioned and safe coloring. The company has said if not intended for the use because it is not tested. Also Im sure lots of people are using this alternative because other lipstick brands Contain ACTAUL Lead.
    Surprisingly, crayola does have lead!It says so on their website! Pencils carry lead, but they are not banned from the U.S.
    Arianna, can you provide the link to their website that says that? thank you!
    Pencils are made of graphite not lead. However the pigments used to make crayons probably also contain small amounts of lead like cosmetics. Small amounts are considered acceptable like when you fish...that's why it's good to bless your food (or anything you put in or on your body), it can energetically render it inert for some.
    I think "super unsafe" is a bit of an over statement. Not recommended would be more appropriate and even that is for the benefit of the legal department most likely, if a powerful, multinational cosmetic company got the idea that crayons were serious competition, I doubt things would be too comfortable for that crayon company.