• Davida Lee Rice

Making Your Own Lipstick

Whether you prefer making your own lipstick for health reasons or because it’s just fun to do here is a quick and easy way to do so. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients and you get to blend your own shades.

They have many different types of molds you can buy through a wide range of prices and durability. I purchased a plastic mold with four cavities so I can make one or up to four at one time. It’s quite durable and surprisingly easy to use.

You can also purchase empty lipstick containers or reuse what you already have instead of throwing them out. Just be sure to sterilize them first. If you already have the plastic lip gloss tubes you can still use this recipe. Just pour directly into the tube and allow to cool before capping.

I am going to give you two recipes to try. For those of you who are just learning or just want a simple recipe the first one is for you.

First, let’s go over the ingredients you will need to begin. Beeswax or candelilla if you are vegan. Carrier oil of your choice. Shea butter or cocoa butter. I prefer shea if I am adding color. Your choice of essential oils but stay away from the phototoxic ones since you will most likely wear your lipstick outside. Your choice of hues if you prefer shades. There are many choices you can use to add color such as natural liquid dyes or micas. For micas blend with a teaspoon of carrier oil before adding to the recipe.

The recipe below is for one tube so if you are making more than one then adjust the recipe accordingly. If you need to purchase any of the supplies click the links for easy ordering.


¼ t. Beeswax or candelilla

¼ t. Carrier oil (Coconut, swt. almond, etc.)

½ t. Shea butter or cocoa butter

5 d. Essential oil (Avoid phototoxic oils such as bergamot, lime, lemon, grapefruit, etc.)

1/8 t. coloring (Adjust to your preference but remember a little goes a long way.)


1.Measure out your wax, shea butter, and carrier oil and add them to a glass measuring cup.

2. Fill a sauce pan about an inch of water and then place the glass measuring cup to the pan.

3. Bring the water to a boil and melt ingredients completely, stirring on occasion to mix.

4. Prepare your mold or lip balm tube.

5. Once the ingredients have melted, remove from the water and place the glass measuring cup on a folded towel to prevent the contents from cooling too quickly.

6. Add your essential oil and stir to mix.

7. Carefully fill your mold or lip balm tube to the top and let it cool completely before capping. If using a mold, allow to cool completely before transferring.

8. Wipe the outside of the tube to remove any oils and then label it.

If you are interested in a more complex recipe check this one out. This recipe will make four lipsticks.



  1. Melt the oil, butter and waxes in a double boiler on low heat until melted.

  2. Add the colorant, mix well.

  3. Pour in the mold.

  4. Put in the freezer for 15 minutes.

  5. Unmold and transfer to lipstick tube.

  6. Use within one year.

Check out the video on how to unmold your lipstick and transfer to the tube.


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