Thursday, August 23, 2012

JOT #39: homemade lipbalm or lipstick or lip stain

I've been putting off buying a tube of lipstick, which I planned to buy from 100% pure, made entirely of plant ingredients. However, I only use it for very special occasions (like weddings!), and there is still the issue of packaging and shipping, and I can't resist trying making something at home. It brings me back to high school days - mixing old bits of lipstick into petroleum jelly to make lip balms.

Here's the modern, vegan, eco-friendly version, modified from this very simple, clear tutorial:
grate about 1 tbsp soy wax into a stainless steel bowl
add 1/2-1 tbsp jojoba or almond or castor oil
add 1 tbsp coconut oil
add 1 tsp beet or cranberry juice (I used beet - or skip the color for clear balm)
a few drops of almond extract (or vanilla)

Stir together, and then melt on a very very low heat or over a double boiler (set the bowl on top of a pot of simmering water). When melted and well-mixed, pour into a small container.

Put on your lips with fingers or a brush for a very shiny shine and amazing moisturizing. The result is subtle enough for me to consider wearing lip balm every day!

Warning: no preservatives (see link above - "real" lipstick often contains toxic carcinogens and beetle juice)! keep tightly closed. Soy wax tends to melt more easily than beeswax, so you may wish to reduce the amount of the liquid color or almond oil for a harder lipstick/balm.

Want to skip the cooking? Just swipe some beet juice on your lips - the color stains them a deep red that stays.

Want a weird color? Try making lipstick with crayons instead (again a warning: those pigments could be anything!)

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