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DIY Beauty: How to Make Lipstick out of Crayons
I fancy myself some colorful lips sometimes. The thing is, I'm not really a makeup person... And I'm not going to spend $10 on a tube of lipstick that I may never wear again.
Here's the good news: you can ACTUALLY make lipstick out of crayons. It's easy, and it's inexpensive, and it's actually pretty good for your lips. And crayons, they're non-toxic! If they're safe for kids to eat, they're safe for you to put on your lips!
Ingredients and Supplies
- Crayons (duh)
- Coconut Oil
- Tiny Containers - I picked up a bead container at WalMart for under $3.
- Microwave/oven/generally heat-safe bowl - I used a Pyrex glass bowl. These types of bowls can withstand high heat without cracking and stuff. Don't get stabbed by glass shards!
- Pot-o-water - Medium-sized, with about a cup of water in it.
Really, you don't have to use coconut oil for this. You could use mineral oil, petroleum jelly, shea butter... Just something that will make the waxy crayon easier to spread. Coconut oil is actually really good for moisturizing, and if you read my hair blogs, you probably already have some. But - if you don't, the other things will do just fine.
Also, you may not even have to use the stove. You could probably warm this junk up in the microwave - but keep a close eye on it. The first time I did this, and I don't know WHERE I got this idea, I was heating up the oil using a big metal spoon over an open flame. Makes me feel kind of like a heroin addict. Or, whatever drug you use spoons for.
Step 1: Heat up Your Water!
While you're prepping your lipstuff, get the heat going. Set a burner on the stove to low heat - on mine, I used setting 3. So just above simmering, but definitely not boiling! Your medium saucepan/pot should have about a cup of water in it. Let it warm up!
Step 2: Load up Your Mixing Bowl!
Choose a crayon whose color particularly suits you, and strip that sucker naked. Then, break off about two inches of the crayon and throw it in your mixing bowl. Next you'll want to put half a teaspoon of coconut oil in your bowl. Put the bowl in your heated pot of water - but don't let any of the water get into the bowl. It's only a way to heat up the oil and wax more...gently.
Step 3: Melt and Pour!
You may want to use a toothpick to stir your melting crayon into the coconut oil. Once the crayon is completely melted and mixed in, CAREFULLY take the bowl out of the pot. It'll probably be hot.
Pour the contents of your bowl into your tiny container and let it cool and harden. Once it's cool, it should be easy to spread and stuff.
The good thing about using coconut oil is that it melts sooner than the crayon. This makes your lipstick easy to spread on, but thick enough that it won't just run down your face.