Make Your Own 100% Natural Lipstick At Home

Coconut oil, shea butter, and a little beeswax, plus some beet juice, are all you need to get a super natural look.

April 6, 2016
lipstick
Meghan Caudill

Conventional lipstick can be a source of harmful chemicals, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on lip color. This DIY version is all-natural and easy to make. Coconut oil and shea butter add moisture and shine, and the beeswax adds hardness so the lipstick remains solid at warm temperatures. 

What You'll Need

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1 beet
1/2 teaspoon beeswax
1/2 teaspoon shea or cocoa butter
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Mandolin or sharp knife
Dehydrator
Coffee grinder
Cheese cloth
Small saucepan
Glass measuring cup or jar
Lipstick container or tube

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diy lipstick
Meghan Caudill

1. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, slice beet into thin strips, and lay out on dehydrator screen. Set dehydrator to 120 degrees, and dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours. (You can try cherries, raspberries, cranberries, or strawberries for different tints of red and pink.)

2. Once the beets are thoroughly dried, pulse the chips in spice grinder until you have a fine powder. 

3. Bring 1-2 inches of water to a simmer in a small saucepan over low heat. Add beeswax, shea or cocoa butter, and coconut oil to glass measuring cup or jar and set in water. Stir until completely melted, 5 to 10 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon beet root powder, and stir until dissolved. The color of the lipstick will lighten when it cools. If you find the color is not dark enough for your liking, add colorant, and let mixture steep for up to an hour.

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4. Remove from heat and pour through a cheese cloth to strain out any larger gritty particles. Twist fabric to wring out.

5. Carefully pour into the lip container, filling until almost overflowing. Let cool for half an hour, or until solid. Enjoy your natural lipstick!