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6 Natural Lipsticks Without Crushed Bugs or Fish Scales

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6 Natural Lipsticks Without Crushed Bugs or Fish Scales

When it comes to buying products that go directly onto your body, itís a tricky job making sure you arenít 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. Thatís why Iím always on the hunt for the best handmade products and instructions for making things myself. In the past, Iíve covered making and buying handmade candles, laundry detergent, lip balm, deodorant, lotion and eye shadow. Now, letís talk about lipstick!

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

Read more: How Much Lead is in My Lipstick?


  • 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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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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3:28AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thanks, I might try some of them.

4:31PM PST on Feb 10, 2014


2:17AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

woow...thanks for this.....

6:49PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

great article, thanks for the recipe and info on products. Why not just go natural with everything? Save the earth so much pollution - and our bodies!

9:08PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

can't wait to try

1:31AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

awesome, thanks!

7:00PM PDT on Sep 17, 2013


6:38PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Sounds really easy, surprised. Tx

5:31AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

it is very good tips to follow
Thanks for share......

11:56AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013


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