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. Bekah Avatar

    I have tried to tint my chapsticks using this recipe and my beet root powder does no mix in. What is the trick? It was just a floppy mess on the bottom of the melted oils and beeswax.

  2. Amy Lou Bandy Avatar
    Amy Lou Bandy

    You are actually AMAZING. Every time I want to try something I just come here because I always know, you’ll have it and it will work and be wonderful. Thank you for doing what you do and for sharing it with us all!

  3. Sierra Avatar

    I’ve tried to make this and it doesn’t end up having much pigment on the skin. I’ve tried different ratios of everything and I still can’t get much pigment. Also, whenever they cool down there is a whole in the middle even if the tube is all the way filled when it’s liquid. How do I fix these problems?

  4. Regina Avatar

    I’ve read your terms of service, disclaimer, privacy policy and such and was wondering if you give permission to sell products made from your free recipes or if they are strictly for personal use. Thank you for posting them by the way, I love them all ?

  5. JULISSA Avatar

    i tried making mine with beet root powder, i actually use a little more because i like it strong, but it doesnt leave the minimal stain of color 🙁 what am i doing wrong

  6. Legri Avatar

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I’m having a reaction to my lipstick right now. So after this episode I’ll be switching to my own homemade version.

  7. Terra Avatar

    I made the above natural lipstick recipe as I am sick of all the unhealthy cosmetics. I really love the color I got after adding some cinnamon spice & beet root powder. However I can’t seem to get the beet & or cinnamon to dissolve so its a little gritty. Is there anything I can do about this?

    1. Sierra Rich Avatar
      Sierra Rich

      Personally I played around a bit with the recipe and every time it was gritty too. However if you add more beet root powder to make it grittier it works well as a lip scrub. As you rub your lips together the lipstick becomes smoother, and most of the grit goes away. The little bit left can easily be licked off and you’re left with a nice lip tint. Not really a vivid color though.

  8. Gulrukh Avatar

    Please give us quantities in grams .As i have slab of beeswax and not pallets

  9. Courtney Avatar

    Hard to believe big companies don’t make their lipstick this way as it’s so simple and effective… why do they feel the need to add dangerous chemicals at all to something intended to be worn on the skin around your mouth? Are the chemicals actually cheaper than these few simple ingredients?

    I can’t believe we buy everything processed and made out of chemicals now when we could so easily make them at home. Thank you for the recipe

  10. Zima Zami Avatar
    Zima Zami

    It is nice, and very nurishing for the lips, not too sticky and not too soft. But this is not a recipe for lipstick – it is a lipbalm you are making. To get more coulour I mixed this recipe with some commercial lip stain, and/or some organic eyeshadow. I tried beetroot powder, but the one I bought was not fine-grained enough, so it didn’t make one continous colour on the lips.

  11. Chloé Avatar

    Hi there!
    I followed your recipe but the result was a transparent lipstick with smears of beet powder… tried to re-melt it and stir it thoroughly twice but the result is the same. Any idea of what I’m doing wrong?

  12. Kitty Avatar

    For lipstick, the ratio is 1:1 for beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil.
    For chapstick, the ratio is 1:2 wax to butter and oil.
    What is the difference in consistency? I have been experimenting with the ratio and I seem to get it too greasy or too hard.

  13. Champagne Avatar

    Thank you so much!

    For me its hard to determine how much coloring i can add for it to become rich and vivid.

  14. Erin Lee Avatar

    I used hibiscus powder instead of beetroot powder, and there was no pigment attached to the base! all the powders sank to the bottom and were streaky on my lips, I followed the recipe to a “T” (except for the beetroot) and nothing stayed. What might have gone wrong?

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