All-Natural Homemade Lipstick Recipe

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Natural Homemade Lipstick Recipe with color variations
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I’ve been making natural lip balm, lipstick, and chapstick recipes for years, although it took me a while to actually get it to the point of a recipe. Typically I would just eyeball the ingredients, which shows you how easy this recipe is to make!

This homemade lipstick recipe mimics a creamy, full coverage lipstick and packs plenty of color. However, if you aren’t a fan of colored lipsticks, you can make this recipe without any added color options to achieve a basic natural lip chap.

That’s the beauty of making your makeup from scratch, like my DIY eye shadow, is you can make it exactly the way you like it!

Why Homemade Lipstick?

Wondering why you’d take the time and trouble to make your own natural makeup?

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.

Also, homemade just means more! Give these as an inexpensive but thoughtful gift at holidays or birthdays that friends and family are sure to enjoy.

Customizing Your Perfect Natural Lipstick Color

To get the hue in the picture above, I used a tiny pinch of beetroot 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). Jump to the recipe for other color customization options, all from natural colorants.

If you like a darker shade, just add a little more cocoa powder after mixing to darken slightly until you reach your preferred tone.

Now let’s get into the recipe!

Natural Tinted Lipstick Recipe

This recipe makes a moisturizing tube lipstick with a good amount of pigment and coverage. For a lighter, glossier look, try this tinted lip balm recipe.

Natural Homemade Lipstick Recipe with color variations
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Homemade Lipstick Recipe

This base recipe will create a smooth, clear lipstick that is very moisturizing and protective. If you want, you can add color with the following add-ins to create a color of your choice.
Author: Katie Wells


Base Lipstick Recipe

Optional Color Add-Ins


Homemade Lipstick Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.

More Natural Makeup Recipes

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

This natural homemade lipstick recipe is an easy alternative to commercial versions that contain harmful chemicals. Made with all natural ingredients.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


326 responses to “All-Natural Homemade Lipstick Recipe”

  1. Sylvia Avatar

    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!

  2. Madison Avatar

    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.

  3. Sasha Ceart Avatar
    Sasha Ceart

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

  4. Jenna Avatar

    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. :]

  5. Thamyries Kono Avatar
    Thamyries Kono

    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.

  6. Brenda Zoschke McLaughlin Avatar
    Brenda Zoschke McLaughlin

    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!

    1. Louise Avatar

      I’ve given up on bee powder and am going to use it in smoothies! It won’t work in my lip balms no matter how much I grind it up….I hear alkanet root powder works.

  7. Sam Avatar

    I’m gOing to use bees wax… but concerned I’m allergic to bees though

  8. Sam Avatar

    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 !

  9. Trista Roxanne Fiasco Avatar
    Trista Roxanne Fiasco

    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?

  10. Amanda Avatar

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

  11. Amanda Avatar

    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!

    1. Anne Avatar

      I followed the recipe that Wellness Mama posted twice. The first time, I added a bit of beet root powder after it cooled just a bit. Then I stirred it well and the color was awesome! My daughter loves really red lipstick, so this turned out perfectly for her. I like my lipstick to be more on the pink side, so I decided to try it again, with less beet root powder. I was a little more impatient the second time around and didn’t let it cool enough. the color clumped and stuck to the bottom of the container. Next time, I will be more patient.

  12. robin Avatar

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

  13. Faith F Avatar
    Faith F

    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.

    1. Miki Avatar

      Crayola crayons are made from paraffin, which is a petroleum product. I wouldn’t put that on my body.

  14. Jessie Erikson Avatar
    Jessie Erikson

    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…

  15. Stacey Symes Avatar
    Stacey Symes

    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 🙂

  16. Keci Reynolds Avatar
    Keci Reynolds

    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.

  17. Amanda Nordstrom Avatar
    Amanda Nordstrom

    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?

  18. April Winn Vaughn Avatar
    April Winn Vaughn

    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!

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