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Best Lipstick Recipe, Funky and Glam!
What Are You Eating Today?
I'm eating "Nonplussed" by Lippy Girl! What I'm talking about is my latest organic lipstick find that I want to share with you, along with instructions, ingredients, and tools for making your own lipstick at home.
So many men and women are concerned about eating a healthy diet made up of organic food, but then never stop to think about the one item they eat all day long - lipstick. And, YES! Both men and women are ingesting it. Have you ever thought about what is in your lipstick and what you are ingesting every single time you chow down on it?
Hee hee - yeah, sure, you don't think you're chowing down on lipstick, but you are. Historically, crushed beetles were, and are still, used to create irridescent shine or pink colour, and that would be considered a good ingredient (by people, not beetles named "Cochineal")! If you wear a dark red lipstick, you could be ingesting lead. Concerns about lead toxicity have existed for a very, very long time.
Historic Impact Of Lead Poisoning
Have you ever heard of the Franklin Expedition? In 1845, Captain Sir John Franklin attempted to cross the Northwest Passage - the Canadian frozen waterway that lays to the north of this country. This crew of seamen succumbed to their sorry deaths, aided by lead poisoning caused by the ingestion of lead from either poorly soldered cans of food or the water systems on the ships, or both. Information drawn from: Franklin Expedition Lead Poisoning
The potential symptoms of lead poisoning are lengthy. This first link takes you to the Mayo Clinic's explanation of symptoms: Mayo Clinic Lead Poisoning Symptoms
The link I am providing here takes you to the Mayo Clinic's explanation of causes: Mayo Clinic Lead Poisoning Causes
David Suzuki Reports
The David Suzuki Foundation exists in Canada "to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future". This foundation has reported that over 10,000 of "the ingredients used in personal care products are considered industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks)".
Feeling depressed and a little frustrated with these negative reports, I have set out to find safer, less-toxic products to use and the starting place for me is lipstick.
Men, Do You Care?
Lipstick isn't just for women!
No, I'm not suggesting that men are now smearing it on their lips every morning, at least not all men. But a whole lotta you like to suck-face with your pretty lady and I bet you never, ever dreamt about what toxins are in that slimy stuff you always get on your lips.
Do You Care About The Ingredients In The Lipstick Your Partner Is Wearing???
Yep. I'll buy her some less-toxic lip-goop as soon as possible.
Lippy Girl: Lipstick for the Funky Chick
I found this lipstick while I was waiting for the ferry from Vancouver to the Sunshine Coast. I love it. I now have two different colours: Non-plussed and, oh gee - I can't remember the name of the other one. Heck, I rarely remember the name of lipsticks, even if they're catchy. But I wanted to let you in on this super find. Keep going.
Below is considered the ingredient list for this organic lipstick.
Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax),
Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,
Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,
Natural tocopherol(Vitamin E),
Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil.
Some of the lipsticks may contain Titanium oxides and Iron oxides.
While these are considered to be organic lipsticks, there is still some concern with the potential toxicity of oxides. Take a read at: http://safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=292
These products are also not tested on animals.
This is a bright colour that will bring attention to your lips and your pearly whites. It's all biological, really.
Please, don't even consider wrecking a home - it is a sucky adventure that is characterized with shame and embarrassment. This lipstick colour can be worn by anyone, but works best for evenings with that little black dress.
This deep colour will make for smashing evening wear. Always remember, though, men rarely enjoy wearing your lipstick, so prepare to have it wear off as the evening progresses so that you can actually get a snog before the night is through.
Are You Concerned About The Ingredients In Personal Care Products?
I've been around the block on this topic for years. Some people look at me like I'm crazy and wasting my time for even doing research. Others are consumed with the topic. Please give us your opinion!
Do Ingredient Lists Help To Guide Your Purchasing Habits?
DIY Lipstick: How To Make Your Own Lipstick - Hip, Cool, Affordable, Healthy!
In this video, Lippy Girl owner Darcey Diehl shows you how to make your own version of her lipsticks. Her lipsticks are sold in lipstick tubes, but the lipsticks she shows here are made in lipbalm tubes - not quite as sexy. I would like to try making lipstick using this recipe and this method, and I know that it's possible, but messy, to get lipstick forms and lipstick tubes.
CAUTION: Before you start making your own makeup, consider the importance of using clean tools and supplies. Always wash your tools in warm soapy water, rinse, and allow to dry before using. Introducing bacteria into your batch will be disastrous for your face - you won't be worrying about the ingredients anymore. Additionally, always apply your makeup with clean tools.
This is the recipe list that Darcy provides:
2 oz Organic Beeswax
1.5 oz Organic Castor Oil
1 oz Organic Jojoba Oil
1 oz Organic Grapeseed Oil
0.5 oz Olive Squalene Oil
Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides
(Ingredients can be purchased from this page, see below)
This recipe makes 15-20 tubes, depending on their size and how you fill them. This is a massive amount of lipstick. I recommend coming up with different colour combinations and maxing a variety of colours in small glass bowls. Another way to make a small amount is to look at the ingredients proportionately:
2 parts beeswax
1.5 parts organic castor oil
1 part jojoba oil
1 part grapeseed oil
.5 parts squaleen oil
Note that you can decide to leave out the oxides and just make a colourless lipstick or find some other way to colour your lipstick. I suggest doing experiments with Jello and Kool Aid!
If you choose to use the oxides, take the approach that less is more as you design your colour. You will need to determine how much of each element to mix in and it is impossible to take colour away, but always possible to add colour.
Ingredients To Make Your Own Lipstick!
I have made lipstick before and it was so easy I was stunned. Here I am providing you with the opportunity to choose between 3 different versions of each of the ingredients needed to make lipstick. If you want to make your own lipstick, like I do, the following ingredients are only a click away!
First Ingredient: Organic Beeswax
I have used both the bar and the pellets. The pellets are easier to measure out, but I am usually swayed by price.
Second Ingredient: Castor Oil
Third Ingredient: Organic Jojoba Oil
Fourth Ingredient: Organic Grapeseed Oil
Fifth Ingredient: Olive Squalene Oil
Sixth Ingredient: Iron Oxide
I am only offering red iron oxides on this page. I do know that it is possible to use mica (which comes in different colours) for making lipsticks with glittery effects, but I think the jury is out on its safety.
Seventh Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide
Mineral Colours - Almost Free Samples to Start
I have discovered that some mineral powders that have been designed as blushes or even eye makeup can be used to make lipstick. The following company provides almost free initial samples of their powders, which is a great way to determine which colours work best for your lipsticks.
Be courageous with your colours and mix combinations together. It takes a significant amount of mineral powder to colour lipstick, so don't be too thrifty here.
- Signature Minerals Almost Free Sample Packs
At this site you have the opportunity to order up to six sample mineral powders at a time, and only one almost free sample per colour in a lifetime. You pay exactly $.01 for the six piece sample kit, plus the cost of shipping. I contacted the com
This is an alternative to lip balm tubes and lipstick tubes. It will allow you to store a wide variety of colours. These are also useful if you purchase lipsticks and want to carry a multiple number of colours with you because you can melt small amounts and pour them straight into the container.
Lip Balm Tubes
Heat-Proof Glass For Melting Ingredients
Heat Resistant Stirrers
To Find More Lipstick Recipes!
- Lipstick Recipes by the Soap Queen
This woman uses different ingredients from what I have listed here, but all ingredients that can be purchased online or locally.
- Homemade Lipstick by Wellness Mama
The recipe here uses ingredients with a short self-life. This means it won't last long before spoiling. You can feel good about knowing it's made of regular old food, but it isn't a reliable recipe for ensuring limitation of bacterial growth.
Are you a guy who is fed up with lipstick smeared on his cheek, every time auntie visits? Or do you love your partner's luscious lips when slathered in shiny lipstick? And what about you women - why do you love your lipstick? Have you ever made your own lipstick? Let us know. I promise to read every single comment.
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