Alright, so a couple of days ago someone posted a link to a really cool video tutorial on how to make non-toxic lipstick using crayons. If you haven’t seen it and would like to check it out, it can be found right here! After seeing the tutorial I managed to wheedle Tracy into trying it with me, and after a couple of hours of trial and error we managed to get a pretty good product. So, in the interest of saving people some time and giving a review of the process I’m going to post the results along with a modified recipe!
The video itself called for three simple, household ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon of shea butter, 1/2 teaspoon of castor oil and 1/2 a crayon of your choice. To make the original recipe all you have to do is use (or fashion) a simple double boiler, melt the ingredients together and then pour them into a container.
By the time you’ve completed all the steps you should have a container of lipstick that looks a bit like this:
This method works, but will make a product that is a bit more lumpy and looks like a tint or lipgloss when applied to lips!
For those of you that would prefer to have a more bright, matte end product, however, I would recommend using the following method: put 1/2 teaspoon of shea butter, 1/2 teaspoon of castor oil and 1/3 OR 1/4 of the crayon (in this situation less is more!!) into your double boiler and mix until melted. Then pour the contents of the boiler into your container just like before. After the mix has cooled a little, mix in 1/2 teaspoon (or more) powder foundation!! This is incredibly important, it will thicken and smooth out the lipstick and will, most importantly, help it adhere to your lips.
Now, I should mention that different colors have varying strengths of pigment! That is to say, if you’re making a blue lipstick you shouldn’t need to do much more than add foundation, but colors like green have very weak pigmentation and may need further help to look bright and vivid when applied. You can do this by putting on your lipstick, applying a bit of foundation (either powder or liquid) to your mouth and then reapplying the lipstick!
The end result of this alternative recipe looks like this:
A couple finishing notes: using the tutorial video and these tips should help you make your own non-toxic crayon-lipstick but it’s important to remember that using simple ingredients will yield a simple product. The quality will not be incredible, it will be approximately on par with cheap store lipstick, and it will not taste very good. I’m sure the addition of simple artificial sweeteners might help with this, though I did not try it myself.
All that aside, if you’re in the mood to try your hand at some simple chemistry and you’re looking for a cheap way to get that crazy color of lipstick for your cosplay or night out, this should work for you!!!