Natural Shimmer Lipstick Recipe

How to Make Your Own Natural Lipstick with custom color and scent

Tis the season for making homemade gifts, at least at our house!

A few days ago, I had a mom’s night out at my house and we made all kinds of homemade gifts like lotion bars, vapor rub lotion bars (recipe soon!) and homemade lipstick.

Natural Lipstick Recipe with essential oils and natural colorsThe lipstick was the biggest hit and it was so much fun to create our own customized flavors, scents and colors with natural ingredients like (click on the link to see the exact brand I used):

We made dozens of tubes of lipstick for pennies each and they will be great gifts and stocking stuffers this year. I’m also packaging up some ingredients to give as DIY lip balm and lipstick kits to friends and family.

Some natural products can take time to get used to, like natural shampoo and it can be tough to find the right mixture for your hair, but homemade lipstick is completely customizable and works better than the store bought right away.

You can make them in plastic lipstick tubes or little plastic lip balm containers. If you want to keep it simple, little glass jars also work. Here’s how to make it:

Natural Lipstick Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter or cocoa butter
  • 3 tablespoons beeswax
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) mica powder of choice

How to Make Natural Lipstick:

  1. Melt coconut oil, shea or cocoa butter and beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in Mica Powder and essential oils of choice. Dip the end of a spoon into the mixture and let it harden for a few seconds.
  4. Test the color and scent with your finger or on the skin of your wrist to make sure you like it. Add more if needed.
  5. Use a pipette or glass dropper to quickly transfer the mixture to the lip gloss containers or whatever container you are using.
  6. Let cool for 1 hour. Cap and use as needed.

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  1. What essential oils do you recommend for these?

    • Coconut oil or she a butter or vigil olive oil

      • Those aren’t essential oils. They are just oils/butters.

    • I liked what I chose for mine: tangerine or orange

    • Peppermint is awesome for this… I also like spearmint and cinnamon. Orange is pretty good, also.

  2. I’m looking forward to giving this a try! I do have one question about the safety of powdered mica. I have heard that it could potentially be dangerous to work with mica due to the risks of inhalation. I’m wondering if there is any advice you have for protection or if this is even a concern when working in small quantities?

    • If it concerns you, I suggest maybe using a mask.

    • It’s also made in China, so I don’t really feel like it’s a safe ingredient. I wish I had realized that before I ordered it.

  3. I can’t wait to try this. Can I use mango butter in place of the shea or cocoa butter? Thank you!

    • You could try it… Mango butter has a reasonably similar consistency.

  4. Does this work better than your homemade lipstick recipe ( I attempted that one a couple of times using beet root powder and cocoa powder and while the stick itself had color, no color transferred to my lips and the beet root powder’s individual particles were visible rather than blended into a smooth lipstick. Does the mica powder in this recipe work better?

    • Hm… I haven’t had the difficulty that you are describing in the first place, so it is hard to say. I’d say in comparison that it is mostly just more of a shimmery or pearly look than the lipstick.

      • I am actually having the same problem with THIS recipe; the color looks gorgeous in the stick but doesn’t transfer to my lips. It looks more like a lightly tinted lip balm. I used a good deal of mica powder. Am I messing up the other ratios or something? I followed the recipe… Any tips? I really want this to work because I love the idea! 🙂

        • I just made lipstick and it took 4 teaspoons of colorant. I used burgundy oxide. Came out perfectly. It takes A LOT OF COLORANT.

      • I’m having the same issue. I’ve used the other recipe where you use beet powder and as I wanted to get red color, beetroot powder didn’t dissolve at all. When it hardened and I tried it on my lips I could see the beetroot powder particles 🙁

        • I suggest using Beetroot Crystals in place of powder. Whenever I dissolve them in my Beverages, the stain stay on my lips when I drink them.

    • I had the same issue the first time I made the beet root powder chapsticks, but the second time I added a bit of bentonite clay and ground the beet root powder with my mortar and pestle into an even finer powder. Now I have a lip balm that gives me a nice wash of color on my lips. 🙂

  5. is this recipe safe to use on kids? i am looking for a better alternative than store-bought lipstick for my 8-year old & 5-year old when they have stage performances and need to wear lipstick.

    thanks for all your recipes! we love your lotion!

    • You might enjoy the crayon version. I know that one is safe and your kids will love making it. It’s just coconut oil and crayons. It works great.

      • I’m afraid that the crayons are filled with chemicals, though… And it’s also particularly dangerous if ingested. This recipe if perfectly fine for the kids as long as they aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients. But just to be safe, I’d leave out any essential oils.

  6. How long will this last and do I have to refrigerate it?

  7. Hi there! I have been making my own chapstick, lotion, deodorant, laundry detergent and counter spray for about 2 years now. Tomorrow, I am having a girls day with a cousin who I think would benefit from some of the cool things I make. We will try your lotion and vapor rub. I have already started your ginger bug recipe and already have tiny bubbles after 3 days of feeding. Thanks for your recipes and time, you have quickly become a go-to website when I’m looking for something new.
    P.s. made the burlap garland with my 9-yr old and it looks great! Can’t wait to try your lipstick ????

    • Lol, those were not supposed to be question marks. I was going for a smiley face. 🙂

  8. Amazon won’t ship either the colour or the tubes to Australia. The tubes I can find on ebay, but was wondering if there is another colouring you recommend. Can I use a mineral eyeshadow or blush?


    • You could certainly try it, although I have not.

    • Danielle – there are some Australian companies that carry these items – &

  9. What gives the color??

    • The Mica powder

    • The mica powder in this recipe gives off the color. But you can substitute with food coloring, beet powder, and even beet juice. You can even make your own food coloring using stuff like berries, red cabbage, all sorts of stuff. 🙂

  10. I made some chap stick from your old recipe, but I think it’s growing mold!? How can I make sure that doesn’t happen?

  11. Iam so excited to have found this website thank you for creating it!!Fired up

  12. Hi! Is all mica powder safe to use/possibly ingest?

    • No, not all mica powders can be used in lipsticks, which is why you shouldn’t use ready made mineral makeup as the powder in a lipstick unless you know it’s lip-safe. Some things can be safe for eyes, or for skin, but not ok to eat (we end up eating the lipstick). Normally, your supplier should say on the product page what it’s safe for.

  13. I can’t wait to try these, thanks so much for sharing! I make my own toothpaste but had no idea I could make the lipstick too. Yay! 🙂

  14. Which color micas work well together? Do you mix any of the colors you mention?

  15. Hi can this recipe be doubled or tripled with the same result? Thanks!

    • Yes, it actually can, Jill. You might have to add a little bit more coloring, though. 🙂

  16. Is the essential oil needed for the right consistency or is it just to add scent and flavor? Thanks for the great recipes!

    • A little of both… But mostly scent and flavor.

  17. fun! great idea – thanks for sharing!

    my mom lovesssss lipstick, so I definitely want to try this. 🙂

    is the color a strong/pronounced as other lipstick or is it more like a tinted lip balm?

  18. I really liked your recipes n wanted to try them but unable to get few ingredients. As soon as I get them I’ll definitely share d results. Thanx for everything. God bless…..

  19. Love this recipe. Could you use cinnamon, or another spice for the coloring? Can I omit the essential oil?

  20. Thank you very much for the recipes and the gift ideas! I hope you and your family have fantastic Christmas and New year!!

  21. Can candelilla wax be used instead of beeswax?

  22. I recently tried some of your recipes for the body butter and lip sticks. Products were great and the mica worked beautifully. I wasn’t thrilled with the scent of the beeswax. Is there a wax that has a milder smell or is unscented?

  23. Question – Do you have a sense from your experience or what you have read from others as to what the “shelf life” of this lip balm recipe is before it starts to do ugly things ?
    I made 24 of them for Christmas gifts (both with and without mica) and they were a huge success in that some stated that they would like more down the road. It would be cool to have some made in advance for those occasions but I don’t want to end up needing to toss them out. Since I will be making lotion bars next Christmas, the same question goes for them as well.
    Thanks again for the great inspiration!

    • They last for years. I have lotion bars I made two years ago and I’ve been actually waiting for them to get an off smell or “go bad” and they haven’t yet. Since these are all oil-based, they last a long time.

  24. Hi! Do you happen to know if this is fair trade mica? I have been wanting to make my own shimmery bronzer and this lipstick but a lot of mica is mined using slave labor. I am having trouble finding a source that is ethically mined. Thank you for all that you do! I have used several of your DIY recipes and they have all been awesome! 🙂

    • I’ve got emails in to try to find answers to that question. I’ll keep you posted.

      • Any update on this?

    • Following!

  25. What a great idea and wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing! I did want to give you all a little heads up that mica is one of the most slave-tainted items in beauty care…about 60% of it is mined by slave children in India. I’m sure you weren’t aware, but I thought I’d pass along the info. You can read more at:

    Maybe there’s a way to purchase Fair Trade mica???

  26. I just tried this….no color whatsoever on my lips even though the tubes look pretty. Added more mica, got slight color, but is so clumpy now. I was hopeful, have spent $$$ trying to find a safe lip color I like, that won’t dry out my lips.

    • Hi Mary Lou, when adding color to your wax try using a small blender will smooth out the mica.
      The more mica added the better the coverage

  27. I just made these….wayyy too much beeswax. I am going to remake tomorrow using a recipe I have for lip balm that turned out perfect. 1/2 oz beeswax, 1/2 oz. coconut oil, 1/2 oz mango butter, 1 Vit E capsule, 1 t almond oil and 10 drops peppermint oil. Then I will add a LOT of the mica, as I couldn’t get any color from this recipe either.

    • Joan, is the peppermint oil for flavor? I’m not wanting peppermint flavored lipstick particularly, other suggestions? Also, did you buy your coconut oil, beeswax, mango butter and almond oil from anywhere in particular? Thanks! ~Jaime

      • The Peppermint oil is an essential oil and I didn’t want it to really heavily flavor it either. But it just gives it a nice smell and taste (just a little bit, not enough to burn your lips) I guess you could leave it unflavored. I got all of my ingredients locally at a homesteading store called Buckleys Homestead Supply store in Colorado Springs. They are really nice there, although I know you can buy the ingredients online. I just like supporting local businesses.

        • Thank you Joan! That’s what I needed to know. I like to support my local small biz’s, too. Especially since I’m one! Thanks again. -Jaime

  28. What’s best to use to make it a dark red or purple apart from the mica powder?
    SOO EXCITED TO TRY!????????

  29. What should I use to get a dark red or dark purple colour apart from mica powder?
    SO EXCITED TO TRY IT!????????

  30. I didn’t mean to put question marks they’re meant to be smilies!

  31. The lipstick turned out awesome BUT as I was putting away the mica powder I read the label. MADE IN CHINA.
    I wanted to point out that Slice of the Moon Mica Powder is owned by a company in Toronto, Canada but is made in China. I have emailed the company to find out how this made, and how they think it is safe. Hopefully holistically and sustainably made with high quality but I am skeptical at this point.

    Do you have any input on this?

    • I also am using slice of the moon mica. I feel like it makes my lips a little dry.

      • Hi katie,
        Same problem. Dryness on lips.
        Will adding few drops of olive oil to the recipe works ??

    • I love making homemade lip balm! I noticed the mica powder wasn’t sticking to the balm very well so I heat the beewax and the rest of the oils separately first. I mix the mica powder in with the dissolved beeswax and then I add the oils after. Seems to work better, still doesn’t give a super dark color but it’s nice. Also I put essential oils like coffee, mint, cherry, rosemary or thieves oil. Thrives oil smells like cinnamon. If you take the essential oils out you can use it as a blush or eye primer too. That’s what I have been doing and it looks great!

  32. How many containers does this fill with one saucepan?

  33. Awesome recipe. Came out great, and the color transferred to my lips beautifully! Had to add extra mica though

  34. Noticing the damage from commercial products and looking to purge all of the toxic chemicals from everything I put in or on my body and in the process have become more sensitive to said toxins and can’t even use nail polish remover anymore 🙁 I Love your recipes and am hoping you might have recipes for nail polish remover and nail polish it’s self that are natural, pH balanced and non-toxic.

  35. Can I remelt my lipsticks and add more mica to it? The colors are not dark enough on my lips! Thanks!

  36. i want to see pics of the color on lips please. 🙂

  37. how much does 1 batch yield?

  38. For everyone complaining about the lipstick looking good in the tube but not giving any color to your lips, there is a solution. Adding bentonite clay, titanium oxide, or zinc oxide (which also gives it an spf) makes your color more opaque. The more you add, the more opaque it becomes. Just remember, bentonite clay has a green tint and the others are white which does change the color a bit. You might have to add a little more color, but not nearly as much as you would need of straight mica to have any color. Just make sure you get non-nano particles of zinc/titanium oxide. Also, red and brown iron oxides make a great matte color and can be mixed with mica for those looking for less shimmer.

  39. I love making my own creams, lotions and shampoo products. I bought liquid coloring for soaps, etc. Could I use that instead of the mica powders?