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Essential Oil Alternatives: Natural Lipstick DIY

Essential Oil Alternatives: Natural Lipstick DIY

Many of us have heard the claim, that “Women ingest several pounds of lipstick in their lifetime,” and assumed it was false. Based on a study done by the European Scientific Commission on Consumer Safety FutureDerm calculates that the average woman ingests 3.7 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime. Which begs the question, what exactly is going into our bodies?


According to Compound Interest, a majority of lipsticks are mainly comprised of waxes and oils, although other ingredients included may vary widely. Unfortunately, many lipsticks also include chemicals such as fragrances, propylparaben, methylparaben and retinyl palmitate. The Environmental Working Group lists each of these common lipstick ingredients as a moderate to high hazard in cosmetics.

Fragrance or parfum is a big concern in cosmetic products, because the FDA does not require companies to disclose the ingredients in a fragrance, though groups have tried to change that. This means that fragrances could be made up of hundreds of chemicals, including hazardous ones such as diethyl phthalates. Fragrances have been known to cause allergic reactions, skin sensitivity, respiratory stress, possible effects on the reproductive system.

Both propylparaben and methylparaben act as preservatives in lipsticks and other cosmetics. Scientists believe that these ingredients may be linked to endocrine disruption as a result of parabens mimicking estrogens.  

Retinyl palmitate is a form of Vitamin A, used as a skin conditioning agent. The EWG reports that this ingredient may cause birth defects, osteoporosis and tumor growth. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment recommends restricted use of retinyl palmitate, as it has been known to cause headaches, nausea, and in cases of extreme use, liver disease and skin flaking. 


When in the market for a new lip color, be sure to examine the ingredients. The three main ingredients of lipstick are oil, wax and a coloring agent. Commonly, natural lipstick contains oils you may be familiar with, such as JojobaMacadamia and Grape Seed. Natural waxes include Beeswax, Candelilla and Carnauba. Coloring agents can come in all forms, from beet juice to cocoa powder.

If you’re unfamiliar with an ingredient in your lipstick, try looking up the product or ingredient to ensure it’s safe prior to use. EWG’s Skin Deep is a great resource when checking your cosmetics for safety.


Luckily, there’s a natural alternative for all of you lipstick lovers out there. So natural, it’s practically edible (though we would never recommend that)!

What you need

1 tsp. Soy wax

1 tsp. Shea butter

1 tsp. Coconut oil

Lipstick tubes

Peppermint essential oil (optional)

Lavender essential oil (optional)

Coloring Agents

Rouge lips: ½ tsp. Alkanet powder

Cocoa lips: ¼ tsp. Cocoa powder

Pink lips: ¼ tsp. Pink clay

How to

  1. Add beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil to a bowl.
  2. Place the bowl in a pot of water, and set to low heat.
  3. Stir ingredients until melted.
  4. Once melted, remove from heat and add your preferred lip color. Additionally, try adding 2-3 drops of a lip smacking essential oil, like Peppermint or Lavender.

Note: Recipe makes about 5-6 Lipsticks.

DIY natural lipstick with essential oil


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6 Responses


March 25, 2019

I’m having a hard time sourcing some soy wax that is suitable for cosmetic use. Any ideas? Thanks!


March 18, 2019

Great DIY lipstick recipe Grace,

I bet the shea butter and coconut oil makes this lipstick ultra moisturising – can’t wait to give this a go myself! I think I’m going to go for the pink clay to create a pink lipstick.
Just for any vegans out there, candelilla wax is a great alternative!
When shopping for commercial lipsticks, you might want to avoid animal product ingredients like carmine and lanolin oil. In case you want to know more about lipstick ingredients, we recently published a piece on this topic:

Thanks again for the DIY recipe – can’t wait to try this one out!


Edens Garden

March 14, 2018

Hi Mona! That’s a great idea for adding desired color to your own lipstick base. Let us know how it turns out!


March 14, 2018

Hi.can we use a bit of another lipstick for color?tnx

Edens Garden

March 12, 2018

Hi Debbie! Yes, the type of cocoa powder you buy at the grocery store and use to bake with. You can purchase alkanet powder at many health food stores online or on Amazon


March 10, 2018

In regards to the ‘coloring agents’ for the DIY lipstick, is cocoa powder the same you would use for cooking (bought at the grocery store) or is it a special type of cocoa powder? Where do you get the Alkanet powder?

Thanks, Debbie

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