So my friends and I have been scouting the internet and magazines to try out some of the hottest DIY Beauty and Fashion Trends and I’m pleased to announce siss-tacular blog-post will be about:
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY:
-Doing so allows you to customize, name, create, & decorate your own personal lipstick/gloss in a unique mix.
-You can use any sort of wacky colors you like. The sky’s the limit (sky blue lips for that Smurfette costume perhaps 😉 ).
-If you use natural beeswax or organic colors, you will be able to pronounce everything in your very own lip dip minus the harsh, sometimes cringe-worthy and potentially unhealthy chemicals used in some name brand store-bought alternatives.
INGREDIENTS & SUPPLIES:
Natural Beeswax Crayons
Organic Rosehip Oil/Coconut Oil
Hair Dryer/Heat Gun
Food Safe Tin Lip Balm Container
Coffee Stir/Popsicle Stick -or anything to stir with
Newspapers to act as a drop-cloth (optional)
*Beauty Containers are easy to find at local health food stores in the cosmetics section, but I just cleaned out an empty lip balm container I already had.
*Taking the knife, I cut the tips of my fave 4 colors of crayons and made a note of the amount of each used for if I want to make another similar batch again. Then I placed the four colors I selected into the lip gloss container.
*Using my heat gun (gingerly and at about a foot and a half above the container so as to avoid splatters when melting the crayon tips which took under a minute, I then mixed in an eyedropper’s worth of rosehip seed oil. I did so slowly and added the oil as I stirred with a coffee stir stick. It’s better to add less than you think you’ll need at first & gradually add more since you don’t want to over-dilute and make the consistency too soupy when it dries. I would add a little from the dropper, mix it to a liquid and let cool and then reheat it up and stir again with a few more drops until the texture was spreadable when solidified. It gets more pliable with the natural body heat of your lips or fingers when done since the oil will soften a bit with warmth. Try to get it to be a firm enough viscosity that it won’t pour out the container when it’s completely cooled and drip downwards when you tilt it.
Now there are many variations on how and what can be used for making your own lip potion. Some recipes include using:
-Coco butter, Shea butter or beeswax pastilles in place of crayons. This gives you the option to start from scratch in terms of starting with a neutral semi-translucent base so that by adding in natural dyes you aren’t limited to mixing the color combinations from the crayon box.
-For more of a standard lipstick matte finish try Bentonite clay.
-Some natural dyes include: beet root powder, turmeric, cinnamon, cocoa powder. -All of which require just a small pinch since the color saturation will pack a strong punch.
-You can also use a drop of essential oil like lavender for a nice aroma and aloe for even more moisturizing lip-protection.
I opted out of using anything but crayons since it was my first attempt at making gloss and it seemed easier to just eyeball the consistency of the mixture as opposed to following a recipe requiring the stove top and meticulous measuring -that felt too much like cooking to me and I only grudgingly cook things that I can actually eat. 😉
CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN
-Hot Stuff! Be very careful to let lip gloss cool completely before touching with your finger or lips. If the container you are using is small and heating up in your hand too much use tongs to keep it in place as you mix.
-The liquefied gloss needs to cool before you can get a sense of it’s true texture.
-Don’t put excess oil or crayon mix down the drain or it will clog your pipes.
-I suggest making small batches at a time since without preservatives and tons of chemicals the shelf life will be a bit shorter than regular glosses.
-Spot check your gloss to make sure you aren’t allergic same with any new cosmetics (even organic ingredients can cause allergic reactions) on the underside of your forearm before applying to lips.
-Don’t toss down the drain excessive amount used the cone tips cut up.
-The tin is typically anchored by weight of crayon wax, but be sure to be mindful of spatters while melting and hold in place at the bottom or with tongs if it feels too hot for your hands.