Homemade Lipstick

Homemade lipstickI really liked the colour of the lipstick Marika showed us some weeks ago on her blog. I have already tried some lip balms before and I adore making and using them, but the colours were always too light. This time I wanted to go further and  try some stronger and darker colours in lipsticks. And I wanted to obtain them naturally.

Recipe ( for 8-9 lipsticks):

kokum butter ( you can also use cacao butter)9 gr
shea butter 8  gr
monoï oil ( or another oil like almond oil)25 gr
beeswax 12 gr
For the purple colour: alkanet infused in monoï oil
For the yellow brown colour: alkanet infused in monoï oil + calendula extract
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I  decided to use monoï oil (instead of almond oil I used to add), and I was impressed by its fragrance: I didn’t add any extra fragrance to my lipstick as this oil smells so good.

Melt the butters and the beeswax over a low heat until just melted, mix and stir very well, then remove from heat, allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.  Add the rest of ingredients.To make it easier while pouring into the recipent, I let the composition melt a little bit in the hot boiler.

Made of natural ingredients, using lip balm recipients(instead of the instruments dedicated to making lipsticks), making lipstick is so easy…

20 thoughts on “Homemade Lipstick

  1. Definitelly and absolutely, they are gorgeous! And the photo is so pro-taken.
    I never could assume that alkanet is going to be red/orange when is not saponified!!? Both colours are beautiful and the ingredients are so luxury! Bravo!

    • Thanks Maja! The red/orange color is given by alkanet combined with calendula extract.
      I am more impressed by the purple one, I just can’t have enough of it🙂

  2. I had no idea it was that simple to make lipstick! I’m sure out of curiosity I will try making it at some point. I am really enjoying the whole soap making journey and how it has opened the door to the world of natural beauty/cosmetics/personal care. The colors of your lipsticks are beautiful!

  3. Lovely colors. I just have to get alkanet somehow🙂 Are you selling these lipsticks? I would so like to try one…🙂

  4. Hi! Long time ago without comunication … Three questions Mijn … is it necessary kokum butter? It’s a butter I dont have and I would like to try these for my girls but… could i change it for another one? Another question they asked me is … does the lipstick give colour to the lips? And my question … how do you pour the lipstick inside the recipient and what is that point it shows in the center? Thanks for all! I always read your posts and they are so rewarding to me. Best, Juan Luis

    • Hi Juan! Of course, you can put another butter ( cacao butter) in place of kokum butter. Yes, the lipstick gives color , it only depends on how much alkanet/colorant you put. In my case, I let the alkanet infuse in monoï oil for one month, so the color is purple as you can see from the picture. I pour the composition in the recipient slowly when it’s well melted, keeping with a hand the lipstick recipient. You may put it back to boiler from time to time to have all your composition well melted when pouring.
      Hope it helps, Juan Luis!

  5. Whoa Nat! These look so beautiful and the recipe sounds soooo nice, I definitely want to try this…I love those natural colors!❤

  6. Absolutely stunning Nat! Such perfect natural colors, now you can play with them endlessly! I am wondering what would be your next project🙂

  7. Hi Natalia…You get a gorgeous color!!!!
    I had my maceration of alkanna, ready to use for lipsticks…but finally I was not decided : Alkanna tinctoria contains an important amount of pyrrolizinic alcaloids, and therefore is not reccomanded to be used on open/broken skin, and is completelly “forbidden” for internal use….this alcaloids have liver toxicity, and is studied his carcinogenic effect…so is safe to use Alkanna tinctoria root on lipsticks?
    It is neccesary to note that the amount of toxin that can be swallowed is bigger tan if applied on broken skin.. Much more if the product suits for repeated applications…as a lipbalm does.
    I am really interested on your opinión, as these reds tonalities are really difficult to get in natural-lipophillic substances, and I was so happy when I found Alkanna…but even my alkanna rooth was labelled with a big red advertence of that toxicity, And I prefer my liver tan a nice lipstick..
    My herb comes from an aphothecary in Zurich, where I can get after a big searching, as here at my country (spain) is not allowed for sale alkanna as herb, but just as a part of preparations, because this toxicity.

    so…it´s really safe use alkanna root on lipsticks??

    sorry for my horrible english, I wish it´s understable .

  8. Did you infuse the oil with calendula extract powder and alkanet root powder for the third lipstick on the right side in this first picture? Is it calendula extract powder or where did you get the calendula extract from?

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