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!

I’m OBSESSED with UK based brand Lush, maker of amazing vegan beauty products. This natural, dusky rose lipstick is perfect for everyday use and looks beautiful on a variety of skin tones. The rose wax and jojoba oil base ensure the lipstick goes on smooth and keeps lips hydrated all day long. (LushUSA, $19)

Tango Vegan Lipstick is a deep, dark, sexy-cool red. Samples are also available for just $1. The lipsticks are handcrafted in small batches and with 100 percent natural, nurturing ingredients. No synthetic dyes or fragrances, no animal by-products, parabens, or other nasties you don’t need or want on your lips all day. Just natural plant-derived waxes and oils, colored with mineral pigments, for a lipstick that goes on smooth and nurtures your lips like a balm. Absolutely cruelty free and absolutely gorgeous. (Just Pure Mineral Shops, $9)

Keep your lips from chapping and give them beautiful color at the same time. These are truly the nicest colors and they look so natural — never metallic or fake looking. Infused with certified, organic herbs for happy, healthy lips. Unrefined, certified organic shea butter is used as the main ingredient for super moisturizing power. Infused with alkanet root for super smooth lips that leave a healthy glow to the lips once the lipstick wears. Formula helps restore and rejuvenate. (Noir Liliana, $8)

This luxurious lip stick is perfect for protecting your lips while leaving them feeling great. The lip stick glides on smooth on your lips with a pop of color that stays using natural minerals, micas and pigments. It also doubles as a blush for your cheeks. Perfect to take on the go! A beautiful blend of amber mocha and plum with a touch of glitter creates this pretty mocha plum color. (Nature’s Purity Bath, $5.50)

Elixery creates cruelty free, vegan lipsticks in shades that tell awsome stories. Like this one: “She was a tomboyófresh-faced, innocent, and a truly free spirit. She broke hearts without ever realizing it, because she never imagined herself to be so pretty. Nevertheless, her sweetness, her kindness, and her joie de vivre caused a radiance of innocent beauty to shine from every pore. This peachy pink shimmer is the glowing essence of innocence and sweetness, powerful without ever knowing it.” Sold! (Elixery, $18)

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Bea P.
Bea P3 years ago

Thanks, I might try some of them.

Kristen Belue
Kristen belue3 years ago


Rishu Bathla
Rishu Bathla3 years ago

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

Melinda K.
Past Member 4 years ago

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!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B4 years ago

can't wait to try

A F.
Athena F4 years ago

awesome, thanks!

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago


Isla Brown
Isla Brown4 years ago

Sounds really easy, surprised. Tx

Sophie Addison
Sophie Addison4 years ago

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

Past Member 4 years ago