Pucker Up July 28 2015, 1 Comment

I feel like the princess of the DIY making world.  Because right now, I am wearing my homemade lipstick! Yes, it's true, you really CAN put essential oils in everything!  I say princess because I am reserving the title queen for making soap.  For some reason that scares the bejeebers out of me!  So if someone is ever wanting to hold my hand, I'd be all over it!  

Okay back to the task at hand... lips.  As of late, whenever I think of putting something that goes onto my body, I have been much more mindful of the effects of random junky ingredients that go into it.  And since the average woman consumes POUNDS of lipstick in her lifetime *shudder*, all the more reason to care!  Unfortunately, the cheapest products are often the biggest offenders.  Well, until now!  This lipstick costs easily less than $2!  

So for those of us who DO NOT prefer to ingest random ingredients like beetles, fish scales and, my personal favorite, lead (!) why not take a crack at making your own?  This is SUPER easy and SUPER fun to make. So have fun and make this your own!

 

 

Let's start with our cast of characters.  Here is everything you'll need to make your lipstick, and it's all available on Amazon!  Save the essential oils pictured up front - we ONLY use Young Living in this house!  Plus, remember the whole ingesting thing.  Do you really want to ingest an essential oil that's full of warnings NOT to ingest it.

So you'll need:

Optional Color (in Lieu of Mica Powder)

  • For Red Hues: 1/8 teaspoon of beet root powder. NOTE: Add these very slowly as a little goes a long way!
  • For Brown/Tan Hues: 1/4 teaspoon (or more for color) of organic cocoa powder, a tiny pinch of cinnamon  to get the shade you want

Grab your double boiler and fill the bottom pot with water and turn to medium high heat.  

Now think 1:1:1  Here's what you need:

1 T coconut oil

1 T Beeswax pellets

1 T Raw Shea Butter

First dump the coconut oil in, then follow with the beeswax pellets.  By the way, if you're wondering why I have so much more than the recipe indicates, it's because I doubled the recipe.  And before you think about doing the same, I suggest you first wait and see how many I was able to make.  Because unless you're planning on gifting prettiest princess lipsticks to an entire troop of girl scouts, I suggest you just stick to the recipe.

 

Okay raw Shea Butter.  I never used this before I so I had no idea what to expect.  So cut the bag open and....

Oh!  Looks like Playdough!

 

And feels like playdough.  So just scoop out what you need...

And dump into the pot.  And this might result in some messy hands.  Messy hands always stress me out.  And I was tempted to get stressed out.  Until I realized that WAIT, this is actually GOOD for my body.  So while making these lipsticks, I suggest leaving as much exposed skin as possible.  Because the messier you get, the more you'll want to start randomly adorning the shea from your messy hands onto your skin.  Double Duty!

Okay as it starts to melt down, give it a little stir

And when I realized this might be taking longer than I thought to melt down, I lowered the heat a bit and clamped the lid on.

Okay I clearly have time to kill.  If I was smart, I would have set up this station BEFORE starting this whole process but I'm a procrastinator.  So, I'm doing that now.  Grab your pipettes.

Just checking... Yes!   I have time.  This whole bit of melting strange objects into my double boiler has me in a little panic.

PRETTY!!!  I set out little pyrex bowls to mix various shades and opened all my colors and think out loud, "It almost looks like a grown-up egg dying station!  To make it really grown up... I just need a little...."

Thank you husband!  He knows my number.  Okay now it really IS a grown up easter egg dying station. Except there's no eggs.  And it's 104 out.  

Woo-hooo!!!!  We are melted!  Okay, now please hear me when I say this, "YOU NEED TO WORK QUICK!"  This stuff is working against all time and space to get back into it's natural form as quickly as possible.  So take it off the heat and bring to your station.

Once it's off the heat, I added a couple pumps of this bad boy.  Don't ask exactly how many drops, I couldn't tell you.  A couple pumps.  I'm sure that'll get you there.  :)  After you add that in, add your essential oils to the pot.  I I'd say about 15 drops per recipe is about right.  I made it with slique, black pepper and cinnamon.  Spicy and tasty!  Because you know.. we are ingesting it eventually right?

Okay look right at me.  DON'T DO THIS.  I thought I'd pour some oil into each bowl and mix up various shades.  Nope.  This stuff hardened super fast that way.  

Back in the pot.  Gonna melt it down again.  The good news?  You can't mess this stuff up.  I already did it for you.  

Okay, it's melted down and I'm pouring a little of the oil/wax/butter mix into a pot and adding various colors to it.  No science here, I just added little sugar teaspoons until I liked the color.  For mica powder I needed more than I thought I would to get to this shade.

I found a shade I like!  Can't pat myself on the back yet, it's still working against me, trying to dry.  Grab your pipettes and start sucking that stuff up.

And pipe straight into the little ALREADY OPENED waiting tubes.  Did you hear my emphasis?  That means, open them ahead of time.  This will save a world of tears and keep you from a second glass of wine.

Look!  All finished!  

Since they hardened pretty quickly, it didn't take long for me to have to wait to cap them.  They also cool very quickly.  Okay this is a double recipe of lip balms.  So I'm sure if you don't feel like making your own lipstick, you can come over and swipe some from me because clearly I've got way too many!  Hope you enjoy!  Now I'm off to find some cute washi tape to decorate with as we have 3 girls in my house and I'm sure we'll each want our own.