A couple of months ago, I did a post on DIY lipstick from a recipe I found on Beautylish. Finally, I got around to trying a version of it myself, and it was a cinch! It’s a fun activity to do with your daughter, granddaughter, a friend, or even by yourself. If there’s a lipstick shade that you’ve been dying to try but are not sure how it will look on you, make it yourself first.
The lipstick/lip balm I made has just two ingredients — non-toxic crayons and coconut oil. I used Crayola crayons in the 24 pack. That gave me quite a few color choices, and it cost only $1.78. I used organic coconut oil that cost about $8 or so. You can also use the coconut oil on your skin, on your hair, and for cooking. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use shea butter instead.
I bought a pack of 7 small round, stacking containers at The Container Store for $1.99.
That’s it for necessary materials.
The recipe is:
- one inch of crayon plus 1/4 tsp coconut oil for a more opaque, lipstick look or
- one inch of crayon plus 1/2 tsp coconut oil for a sheerer lip balm look.
Don’t forget to take the paper off the crayon!
For lighter shades, I definitely recommend going with 1/4 tsp because they are lighter and sheerer to begin with.
The easy way to do it is to get a one quart saucepan, fill it with about an inch or so of water. Place a pyrex cup/bowl (the size you would use if you are making pudding) in the saucepan. Use a toothpick as your stirrer.
Put the burner on medium-low heat. Cut off as much crayon as you want. I used about an inch to make a small amount since I have a million lipsticks, but you can use as much as you like and adjust the amount of coconut oil. Put the crayon piece in the pyrex cup along with the coconut oil. It takes less than a minute for the crayon and coconut oil to melt. Use the toothpick to mix it together.
While it’s still in liquid state, pour it into your container. Unfortunately, I got a bubble when I poured it into 3 out of 4 containers. Gotta see if I tilt the container whether I can avoid that. Let me know if you have a fix for it. It doesn’t really matter unless you’re making it for a gift.
It will harden in about a minute. Voila!
I made a cherry red from the red crayon on its own. I discovered it’s better to apply it with a lip brush rather than a finger. In this pic, it kinda migrated beyond my lip line a bit, and got on my teeth. After that mistake, I used a brush when applying the other shades.
Next, I mixed cherry red with orange (amarillo naranja/joune-orange) and created a beautiful coral shade using a half inch of each crayon (the one on the bottom of the photo).
Then, I tried making a wearable nude with a flesh tone/pale orange crayon and hot pink: 3/4 inch flesh tone:1/4 inch pink. It looks pinker in the pot than on the lips. Pretty and doesn’t make me look dead like some nudes do. (Plus I got my hair cut!)
Finally, I made my version of Pantone’s Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid: 3/4 inch purple with 1/4 in hot pink. Love it! It inspired me to do a pink and purple eye look and dig out my scarf that’s radiant orchid and red.
So if you’ve been dying to try purple lipstick or even blue, here’s your chance without spending a lot of cash! You can make several different shades in less than 10 minutes. No kidding. And clean up is easy. Just wash out the pyrex cup.
Give it a try, and let me know what shades you create! 🙂
ADDENDUM: I recently heard from Crayola that they don’t condone using Crayola crayons in this manner because, even though they are rated nontoxic, they have not been tested for this usage. So if you decide to make the lip balm, you are doing so at your own risk.