All-Natural Homemade Lipstick Recipe

Natural Homemade Lipstick Recipe with color variations All Natural Homemade Lipstick Recipe

I’ve gotten several requests for my natural lip balm, lipstick, and Chapstick recipes, and while I’ve been making these for years, I finally got around to actually measuring the ingredients so I could tell you the recipe (I usually just made it by eyeballing the amounts).

Surprisingly, conventional lipstick can be a source of harmful chemicals and since it is used on the skin (lips) and near the mouth, these chemicals can be easily absorbed. These homemade lipstick variations let you create a personalized lipstick color that is chemical free and inexpensive to make.

If you aren’t a fan of colored lip sticks, you can make this recipe without any added color options to achieve a basic natural lip chap.

The Base Recipe

This base recipe will create a smooth, clear lipstick that is very moisturizing and protective. It is made from completely natural ingredients and is safe for us on the lips or skin. If you want, you can add color with the following add-ins to create a color of your choice.

Optional Color Add-Ins

Other notes: I got all of my supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs, including the plastic container, which was $0.30.

What to do

Melt the beeswax, shea butter/cocoa butter and coconut oil in a glass jar without a lid in a small pot of simmering (not boiling) water. It should melt quickly because so little of each ingredient is used.

When melted, remove from heat and add any optional ingredients like color or scent. To get the hue in the picture above, I used a tiny pinch of beet root powder (1/8 tsp or less), 1/4 tsp cocoa powder, 1/8 tsp bentonite clay, 1/8 tsp cinnamon and a drop of peppermint essential oil (just because I like the smell). I think I added slightly more cocoa powder after mixing to darken it up slightly but I didn’t measure that one.

Once all ingredients are mixed well but still liquid, use a dropper to pour into the lip chap container. I used the glass dropper from an old tincture bottle. Fill just below the top as it will expand slightly as it cools. Leave to cool for at least half an hour. Store in a cool place (under 80 degrees) or it will soften.

Enjoy!

Ever made your own cosmetics? How did it go? What hue would you make of this recipe? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Maggie says

    Question on using the beet root powder as a coloring agent… I have used beet root powder as a coloring agent in lip balm and found it to be a very grainy, unpleasing texture. What do you find this does to the texture of the lipstick? I tried straining the beet root powder granules out of my lip balm and then the little color that was left all sunk to the bottom of my tin when the mixture cooled. Any tips?

    • says

      When I make mascara, I use coffee, which tends to be grainy. I just sit and smash it to smithereens while I’m watching T.V. with my mortar and pestle. Anything will turn into a really fine powder with enough elbow grease.

          • Donna says

            Here is a recipe I use. 1 part beeswax to 1 1/2 part coconut oil. Make sure you use a new unused mascara container. Then add 1 capsule activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is said to prevent infections in open wounds, and no it’s not the same as the charcoal in the mines that cause black lung. It’s essentially very burnt wood. Even though I made some, I have only worn it once. I don’t really like mascara. I guess in Heather’s case, she uses very ground up coffee. I am thinking it must be the dark roast too. The darkest bean you can find. I might try that next. I also watched a girl on a vid take slivers of almonds and fry them until they were burnt to a crisp and black as charcoal. She then let them cool, and crushed this into a very fine powder, added a bit of oil, and used as an eyeliner. Supposedly it’s a very old Indian tradition. I guess you could try adding burnt charcoal nuts too, but anything you add for color must be ground to a flour like consistency. I have learned this the hard way using natural foods for pigments!!! The trick is to get it as close to cocoa powder as you can, or you will be disappointed.
            You can also infuse colorful berries and herbs in oil until the oil turns the color you want, then use that tinted oil for lip balms and blushes, but the color is not as deep. Keep jar of oil in sunshine in the window until the dye is leached out into the oil in the warmth of the sun. Tricky business this natural makeup thing, but well worth the obvious health benefits and savings in money. I need a good recipe for natural shampoo for dry hair if anyone has one.

        • Madison says

          This is my recipe- I find it to be a lot less wet and with a lot better hold, but a little bit more complex.

          1 tsp coconut oil

          1 tsp shea butter

          2 ½ tsp. Aloe Verra Gelly

          2 tsp. Grated beeswax

          2 drops vitamin e oil

          1 drop vegetable glycerine

          2 capsules of Activated Charcoal

          ¼ Tbs Cornstarch

  2. says

    oh, I like this idea and I just might try it! I go through lipstick very, very slowly and it goes bad before I’m even halfway done with it, plus who the hell knows what they’re putting in it at the MAC factory? This seems fun!

    • Rhonda says

      Just a quick FYI-My Dr. just took me off all comercially made personal care products. (thus why I am here) He did however say some of my makeup was ok to keep using. He said MAC and BareMinerals are the least toxic options out there.

    • stacey says

      I do know for certain that mac uses lead in their lipsticks. Which scares the living crap out of me and is the main reason i started making my own. Bare minerals however is pretty decent. Maybe only one or 2 ingredients i don’t like using in my own stuff.. People do your research before using any store bought beauty items! It’s scary stuff.

  3. says

    Is there anything I could add to make it stay more solid when it’s warm? It gets pretty warm in my house in the summer because we don’t like to run our cooler too much, plus I often carry lip balms and glosses in my pocket when I’m out and about, so I’m afraid of it melting.

  4. Karey says

    I’ve made a lipstick using alkanet as the colorant. Do you have any opinions on that? Since I’ve not tried beet, am wondering which truly adds color to the lips. And after reading the comments, because I use more beeswax and mango butter, so to be less melty in my pocket, I think they don’t allow much color to transfer I’m guessing. I love my homemade and don’t really need the color so much, just the emollient qualities.

  5. Kate says

    I usually use 1tbs of beeswax with 3 tbs of coconut oil and 1tbs of castor oil (cause I like it glossy) and I don’t have melting issues. I always have one in my pocket.

  6. says

    I’m so excited to try this! I just ordered my butters today and my natural dyes should be coming in this week :D. Ever since I started doing some research, my whole outlook on what I put on my body has changed. Thank you for posting these recipes for people like me!!

  7. Elizabeth says

    I made this with cocoa butter and a drop of peppermint oil and it is like I have a York Patty on my lisp. Yum! The peppermint makes it tingle like “real” chapstick. This recipe made 2 tubes with a little left to apply to everyone in the house :) Just a note: I had no problem filling the first tube but by the time I had gotten to the second the mixture was hardening already. So move quick!!

  8. says

    Hi there – I don’t think you can add any water based ingredients to an oils/fats/waxes recipe, so I don’t see how adding “drops” of red food colouring would work.

  9. Minae says

    Tried this and the commenter below who said that they didn’t see how adding water-based food coloring to an oil mixture would work was totally right. I bought organic natural food coloring (made from beet root powder) that was $18 just to try this and it did not disperse in the oil/butter/beeswax mixture at all. Really disappointing. Had to add 10+ drops and mix like hell to get even the faintest hue.

      • Erin says

        Hi–
        I actually tried the food coloring for this recipe.
        I had to do it twice, though.
        The first time was a complete, pinstrosity fail. Beads of water based color floating and burning in the mixture. Gross, lumpy, and all around EW!

        The 2nd time I decided to try something new– it’s all about emulsion, and that means a longer process.

        Basically, don’t add the food coloring until the mixture is cool and mushy, like a paste, or split pea soup that’s been refrigerated. You can then successfully whip it into the mixture. After waiting an hour or longer for it to cool into a paste, and then using my mini plastic fork to whip it into shape, I have a nice, dark red lip butter I use for evenings out. I think I added 5 or so drops of red because I wanted the color to transfer.

        Directions: Make as Mama describes above. Let cool into a paste. Add food coloring and whip. Using a spatula like tool, spoon into a tube OR, into a little glass jar. (I’m a fan of the jar) I also use a lip brush so I don’t stain my fingers red.

        Good luck!

        • devon says

          I’m a pastry chef and when adding color to things in the candy world like white chocolate (which is entirely cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids) you never use regular liquid food colors specifically because they are water based and separate. However in the baking world when adding colorants to fats and oils we use powder food colors, oil based food colors or even some gel food colors will blend into oils. All three oil friendly food colorants i can usually find next to the cake decorating section of most Walmarts and specialty baking stores..

          Its just my opinion, but if it’s any help maybe you could try using cake and candy food colorants in your lipsticks since they are designed for use with fats and oils.

  10. Annie says

    Is there a way that I can use herbal vaseline instead of beeswax so it could become more shiny?Im really having trouble finding the other types of oils and i dont want to use petroleum jelly.

    • Madison says

      shea butter worked as good placeholder for me. Also makes it a bit more solid. I used a slight bit of aloe vera gelly to compensate.

    • Madison says

      shea butter worked as good placeholder for me. Also makes it a bit more solid. I used a slight bit of aloe vera gelly to compensate

        • Donna says

          If you have a dehydrator, and a mortar and pestle grinder. You have to smash it to a near flour- like consistency if you don’t want gritty color. I prefer hibiscus, and oddly find it darker than beet. I have not tried this, but I read you can also put the oven on 200* F or lower, and leave them in the oven for 24 to 48 hours. From what I understand they don’t burn as long as the oven is just warm.

    • Karla says

      You could make your own beet powder. Peel and slice beets very thin, then put them in a dehydrator overnight. They should be nice and crispy, let them cool and them grind them to a fine powder in a coffee grinder.

    • Donna says

      The coffee grinder doesn’t make them fine enough for me. Still grainy. I had to do both the mortar and pestle and the CG.

      • jas says

        try using a sifter.. i used the metal basket that i use to infuse tea leafs in my tea pot. just pour it in the basket and shake lightly.. all the fine beet root dusk should come through

      • Carnette says

        I wonder if a vita mix would work. It would sure be less work and effort than a mortar and pestle. I have an old vita mix that I use to grind my ingredients.

  11. Vivian says

    I mean do I have to put any preservatives in the product or how to I store it after to get longer shelf life? e.g refrigerator?

    • Gail Maya Taylor says

      Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties as does beeswax; if you add a drop or two of vegetable glycerine like I do for extra moisture, then that has anti-microbial properties too. I trust these as natural ‘preservatives’. As for shelf-life, as long as the oils/waxes are in tact, the lipstick is good. In other words, don’t store them in heat or sunlight where the oils might degrade. I have seen rough numbers of 4-6 months’ shelf-life all the way up to a year (the numbers depend on which oils/waxes you use, how much of each, and how you store them daily). I’ll be curious to hear others’ experiences.

  12. Rose M. says

    Love this recipe! I’ve been looking for an all natural lipstick recipe for the longest time! All the other recipes I’ve found said to add eye shadow or dye. I couldn’t find a natural alternative to dye my lipstick naturally. Thanks!

  13. Sally says

    Will the red lipstick have the same effect if I apply beet juice to it? I can sadly not find ANY beetroot powder close to me. I really want to try this out.

      • Charmaine Taylor says

        Do you have a brand suggestion for the natural food dye you mention above? The only one I’ve found locally is beet liquid.

    • Caroline says

      Karla above said how to make your own. :) “You could make your own beet powder. Peel and slice beets very thin, then put them in a dehydrator overnight. They should be nice and crispy, let them cool and them grind them to a fine powder in a coffee grinder.” I guess it would be worth a try, right?

  14. Vivian says

    Hello, I have follow the steps above to create my product but it ends up so dry after 2-3 days?? what did I gone wrong?? thanks

      • Jill M. says

        I had that problem too, but only for the batch I used beet root powder and cocoa powder in. My husband is using the color free version and he loves it. I think the powders are absorbing some of the moisture so adding a little more oil may help. I am going to melt mine back down and see if it makes a difference. Hope this helps.

  15. Vivian says

    hello, i have just made my lipstick, but it ends up too oily and the colour doesn’t come out, what should i add more to give a stronger texture?? shea butter or beewax?? Thhanks

  16. Kaitlyn Martin says

    I’m curious to see how well the color turns out before going through the process of making this myself. Would you mind posting pictures of your lips with and without the lipstick on? Thanks :)

  17. Manni says

    Hi! I love the recipe :) but, my friend wants me to make a black lipstick…any idea what I should use to make that color?

  18. says

    I too have tried this recipe but the beet root is grainy and then just sinks to the bottom of the container. I remelted it and added cocoa powder and the color looks great in the pot but goes on almost clear and then again the color is at the bottom of the lipgloss tin. Any tips for getting the color to go onto the lips? I do like the texture but want a little color.thanks

  19. Kyrie says

    The best way to add any water based colorings to chapstick/lipstick is to remove some of your mixture of oils and etc. You can put it into a little bowl or something. Let it solidify a bit, and mix your coloring in. Then mix the solidified part back into the melted oils and wax until it is melted and mixed together. Then you can pour it into your containers. I did this with red (food grade) dye to make my chapstick pink. (I use my own recipe for chapstick, and it is more like a lip gloss so I wanted color) It worked amaaaazing and I adore my homemade glossy pink chapstick.

  20. Cathy says

    I have the same problem that many of the other commenters seem to be experiencing. Mixing the beet root powder into the oil-based waxes/butters simply does not work. The color clumps up sinks down to the bottom of the container, and does not mix at all. I really wanted to love this recipe for a natural lip tint, but it just didn’t work. :(

    • Donna says

      If you can grind down dried hibiscus flowers into a near flour (and I do mean a FINE powder – like you breathe it in by accident floating in the air), you can add them to straight shea butter (mash it around into the shea butter until it gets warm and loose, but do NOT melt), or you can add it to pure food grade Lanolin. The kind sold in the aisles for nursing moms. This way, the tint stays suspended and does not feel gritty, and it definitely adds color to your lips! I admit, I didn’t have any luck with beetroot, but I purchased it at a health food store, and noticed it also contained the leaves (maybe not good for tinting, and too gritty). I think you have to use just the beetroot, dry gently in the oven for a few days, and grind into near dust. Again, I have only tried hibiscus, but I have read this from other people who have had success. :)

  21. April Winn Vaughn says

    Hi, Is there anyway to add an SPF to this? My lips are very sensitive to the sun and if I don’t use a sunscreen on them I get a cold sore. :( I was wondering about adding some zinc??? Thanks! I’m going to make your baby wipes too!

  22. Amanda Nordstrom says

    I’m sorry to bug you. I did this recipe and added beetroot powder, more than was called for, but there’s hardly any tint at all. Do you have any suggestions?

  23. Keci Reynolds says

    With the measurements that you posted, how many tubes will you get to make? I am trying to get the preciseness so that I can know how much to measure for a larger batch.

  24. Stacey Symes says

    I made this lipstick today with just the main ingredients, no added color. I put a few extra pellets of beeswax because I wanted to add some sweet almond oil. Turned out perfect! Filled enough chapstick containers for the whole family with some left over to melt down for next time. Leaves lips feeling soft and moist with just a hint of honey fragrance from a good quality beeswax. Thank you so much for this recipe :)

  25. Jessie Erikson says

    Question! After doing the recipe, how do you get the dropper clean of wax?? There is all this residue stuck in mine and hot hot water does not seem to be enough…

  26. Faith F says

    Um, have you heard about the crayola lipstick? It’s supposed to be okay as well since it’s lead free. I know this is kinda stupid but I’m still curious about that one. It’s popular on YouTube right now.

  27. robin says

    This appears to be the same recipe as your lotion bars. Is there a difference that I’m missing? Looks great.

  28. Amanda says

    Do you have any further instructions or advice for getting the color to be smooth and consistent? I’ve tried adding the beet root powder from Mountain Rose Herbs, but when it dries, it comes off on my lips as powdery and doesn’t create a consistent color throughout the tube. Any advice as to when in the process to add (perhaps I should let the mixture cool more first?), or how to avoid this, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Katie!

  29. Amanda says

    When you say, “infuse hibiscus into the oils” or beetroot for better color, what do you mean exactly? would love to try this process…

  30. Trista Roxanne Fiasco says

    Does the color go on more opaque or translucent? Does the bentonite clay help make the color more opaque in addition to helping make a matte look?

  31. Sam says

    I heard crayon works so does parrafin wax I believe cOuld same look for recipes n you tube has good stuff I used crayon almondd Shea and vitamin e aloe peppermint use color wheel there’s so many variations !

  32. Brenda Zoschke McLaughlin says

    I’m new to making my own skin care etc. and I was very excited to find this recipe because I have so little color in my lips that I almost always feel I have to wear lipstick in order to look ‘alive’. :-) But I don’t want to put all those chemicals on my lips. I ordered beet root powder specifically in order to make this. But, the problem is that beet root powder doesn’t dissolve, and I’ve tried this recipe twice! I’ve gone from very excited to very frustrated…especially since I don’t know what else I’ll ever use beet root powder for! Any suggestions? Thanks so much!

  33. Thamyries Kono says

    Do the colors actually come out pigmented on the skin or does it just look like that color? I love and pretty much only wear red lipsticks so I was just wondering how much the color actually show up on the lips using beet root powder and food coloring.

  34. Jenna says

    Was thinking of making some of this for Halloween. Do you think it would be okay to add activated charcoal to make black lipstick? And if so, any idea of how much I should add? Thanks. :]

  35. Sasha Ceart says

    Wonderful website!! Very helpful, SO happy I came across it. Looking forward to trying out some of the recipes. ^_^

  36. Madison says

    Think you could use this recipe to make concealer? I’ve been trying to find a good recipe for it for months, but have been finding it to be an impossible feat.

  37. says

    Hi! Awesome blog, please keep up the great articles! I had a question about this homemade lipstick: How does the color look on your lips? Is it similar to a tinted lip balm or is the color rich and deep like other commercial lipsticks? Thank you!

  38. Rebekkah Tarka says

    Beet root powder is grainy and does not blend in. Beet juice from a can does not work as well. It stays separate from the 3 main ingredients. Because the juice is water based. Im gonna try heating up parts of beet in olive oil and adding that to my mixture or I could put beats in a food processor make it real fine and boil the ingredients and see if mushes with the beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter.

    • Evelyn says

      Make beet juice with juicer. Let set for a few days in it’s own container. It will gel up. Apply to lips and cheeks with qtip. Apply coconut/shea butter over tinted lips for shine and moisturizing.

  39. Donia says

    I just received all the ingredients to make this & your deodorant recipe. Im so excited to make them! Finally I can detox my body from the store bought crapola. Im not sure which essential oil scent to use? I tend to get bo easy :-( so hopefully this works for me. Right now im just using plan coconut oil & it seems to work good. I use coconut oil for everything! Thanks for all your awesome advice, information & recipes. Your the best!

  40. Heather says

    So I successfully made chap/lipstick following your recipe, although, it was quite messy for me. I even bought ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs ( I love them!). However, the only problem I had was my batch started to cool rather quick as I was using the dropper to put it in the chapstick container. Half of it got stuck in the dropper and I can’t get it out. Do you have any recommendations?

  41. R. Sky says

    I was browsing your site for whole made make-up ideas that i could make, and found this. So I made some! I made mine with shea butter and a bit of red beet powder. It trurned out nicely but I must not have mixed it enough for it has some little spots of beet powder in it. It made quite a lot and next time I would make half the amount the recipe says. Very cool, I am soooooo glad I can now make my own make-up! Its way better for my skin and cheaper too!

    ~R

  42. Jessica says

    So I really enjoy your lipstick recipe however, I tried using cinnamon to color mine, and while it did color it, I noticed that there was still grit from the cinnamon left over. In other words, it was not a completely smooth balm when it cooled. Do you know why this is or have any suggestions that might help? Thanks so much!
    Jessica

      • Erin says

        Tried it. It tinted the lipstick, but not my lips. Ended up using it basically to differentiate the smells in my body lotion bars– lavender for lavender… Food coloring or cocoa powder, etc. works MUCH better. Plus, even non toxic crayons smell like crayons. And I don’t want to smell crayola all day long. =)

  43. Surya Tejaswini says

    Hei i katie u have mentioned a line that “i am a mom on a mission”.Yes you are u stood by that lines dear.Loved you work.Awaiting to see your further posts.

  44. Leni says

    I´m going to try to color my homemade lipstick with cochineal, since my dad brought some with him from la gomera. Many of you may find this grosse but even the food industry uses it as taint and it´s completly natural and has a great and very intense color. I think it will work much better than the beet root powder.

  45. Tina says

    It appears that most are having a difficult time making this product with beet powder. Besides food coloring, is there an alternative to beet powder? This shade seems to be popular.

  46. sonia says

    home made lipsticks turning bad plz help .suggest me any preservatives for lipsticks longer shelf life .thanks

  47. Shirley says

    I was wondering how well this stays on the lips. My daughters are ballerinas and have to wear makeup when on stage so I am looking for a safe and natural red lip color that will actually hold up for at least an hour and handle the hot lights while they are on stage.

    • Erin says

      I buy mine from a local bee keeper…. it comes in one oz chunks. At the store, it comes in a one pound block. I just chop off what I need, but it does take a little longer to melt than pellets would. I must also admit that at that point, I eyeball it… or measure everything according to using 1, 1/2, or 1/4 oz’s of beeswax instead of weighing the wax. (lazy, I know). And it works very well.

  48. Katie says

    I would love to try the lipstick recipe, I like more frost lipsticks. What could I use? I tired of all the garbage put into lipsticks and there is a color that I used to love that I can no longer find. Would love to make my own and make it taste like a dream cycle. Big dreams on a water budget. (Champagne dreams on a beer budget)
    Thank you so much,
    Katie

  49. Aleks says

    Katie, have you heard of a similar recipe but with children’s non-toxic crayons? I tried it and it works pretty well – the crayons are a substitute for the pigments and the beeswax, all other variables in recipe remain the same. It should be okay as the crayons are “certified nontoxic”, no?

  50. Lakin Barton says

    there is also a mascara recipe at thankyourbody.com if anyone is interested, her brown recipe is made with cocoa power instead of coffee

  51. Louise says

    Has anybody tried alkanet powder? The beet powder hasn’t worked well for me, so I’d like to know how alkanet works, if anyone has tried it….thanks, love this site!

  52. Laurie says

    What should I do when the liquid dye sinks to the bottom? No matter how much I put in and stir it does not mix together.

  53. Nicole says

    I love this! I just got into making my own lip balm, and am excited about this recipe and adding some color!
    My question is does adding the color agents affect the scent/taste of the balm a lot? I would imagine boot root powder and cinnamon would make it a bit unappealing.

  54. karen says

    I just tried a variation of this that worked very well. I melted my oils in a small glass bowl in the microwave. YMMV, but at 1 minute the beeswax had just melted. It was warm enough to get the beetroot/cinnamon/cocoa and some cinnamon oil mixed in with a toothpick and still liquid enough to pour it into a tin. I popped it into the freezer and by the time I’d wiped up the bowl and counter, it was ready to use. seriously, maybe 3 minutes from start to finish! Liking it a lot, such a nice natural color.

  55. Jesse says

    I just made 12 chapsticks worth of your recipe. This recipe is definitely awesome, 2 thumbs, 5 stars, & a round of applause! I love how smooth it makes my lips & doesnt feel waxy like store bought stuff does. Just real creamy & smooth, with a refreshing feeling of peppermint. I’m keeping one tube & sending the other 11 for Christmas gifts as well as foot scrub, & a hair care product from your website!

  56. Mohsen Hamedpour Darabi says

    Good day, Wellness Mama, did you try using other types of butter before concluding that Shea and Cocoa are the best? I mean can someone use the ordinary butter we get from cow’s milk? Please advise.
    With thanks and best wishes,
    Mohsen

  57. Hannah says

    So I bought some very fine beet powder but it will not integrate with the lip balm mixture and just falls to the bottom no matter how much I mix :( Maybe the clay and cocoa powder help? Idk…

  58. Giota says

    Hi, i love you natural beauty diy’s and and this idea for lipstick is great ,do you think i could add something else instead of clay ,maybe aroowroot or rice powder ,or cornstarch ,to give it a more matte texture or it just work with clay.
    Thanks in advance, I look forward to your reply

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