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. sp Avatar

    Hi My daughters are allergic to coconut, can you suggest what i can use as a replacement of coconut oil.

      1. Brooke Avatar

        How can I accomplish the pink shade (second down in the infographic) ? Thank you !

        1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

          The image just gives some examples. If you play with the red/pink ingredient options given in the recipe you might be able to get something close to that you like.

  2. Kary Avatar

    How do you make lipstick vs. Lip balm ? Can you add the different type of recipe

  3. Emily Avatar

    Does anyone know a colour for orangey recipe please?? I am going to use above recipe that’s wellnessmamma but want orange. For a wedding lip woo.

  4. Ash Avatar

    My attempt was a fail. I used bees wax, coconut oil, and she’s butter with beet root powder and the powder wouldn’t mix in at all. Did I do something wrong?

    1. Brittney Avatar

      I had the same thing happen. And as it was setting, the powder sank to the bottom. No colour stayed on my lips. There has to be a natural lipophilic colourant. That is my next research step.

  5. Teretta Avatar

    Have you heard of the book by Christy Hemenway called “The Thinking Bee Keeper”. She has information that the wax from bee hives that is then melted and reused has a lot of toxins in it from the use of toxic chemicals used to kill mites in bee colonies. These chemicals she states are absorbed by the wax, and even during the melting process aren’t destroyed. This makes me think a lot about non-toxic lipsticks that use bees wax. If they use toxic wax, they’ll still be toxic.
    Sorry I don’t want to open a can of worms so they say, but I do want this information to get out there so people can be informed. If bees are allowed to make their own wax which is what they did before men interfered, and do in the wild the wax would be awesome and clean. She even states that man made wax forms are not only pretoxified they are also the wrong size. She states that when bees make their own comb the hexagon holes are different sizes unlike when man makes them all the same size. That’s a size for queens, a size for drones “males”, and a size for workers” female”.

    1. Evelien Stek Avatar
      Evelien Stek

      Its true, I have been bee-keeping myself. Try and find a local beekeeper that works organically. They will be able to provide you with information about what they use in their hives. There are organic ways to deal with the varroa mite, and they can also provide you with the most freshly made wax from the hive. Although the yellow wax is fine, its mixed with propolis which is the bees natural way to destroy fungus and bacteria.

    2. Tim Camp Avatar
      Tim Camp

      Well, what you said isn’t necessarily wrong, There may be trace toxins in beeswax, but the retail lipstick you normally buy are made from tallow “animal fat”, usually beef or pig fat along with all of the chemicals and hormones and toxins fed or injected into them from the day they are born until the day they are processed. Just to be clear the day they are processed is they they aré killed for your lipstick. The bees that died from this lipstick, died from natural causes, just doing what they do naturally. I think this one is a no brainer, something you should be familiar with.

      1. Missy Avatar

        Sorry to burst your bubble, not all bees are not killed off for honey. only the honey combs are harvested and larvae are killed the most tiny ones we used a natural gathering method with hickory or cherry branches for our smokers to calm the bees during harvest seasons. But, coming from a bee farming family, we always switched between hives to be harvested to ensure the bees were reproducing more bees and we made new hives often with our bee removal services in domestic and commercial properties. Yes there are toxins in everything now, but from my family, we never ever used chemicals to “kill” anything off and we only let our bees gather pollen from our own crops and/or from a reputable local farmer who never used chemical warfare on his/her plants.

  6. Sarah Mollet-Cosmas Avatar
    Sarah Mollet-Cosmas

    Hi, I tried the recipe with 1/8 tsp of beet root powder but it’s more of a lightly coloured lipbalm. Any idea on how to get a more colourful lipstick, that will actually add visible colour to my lips? Thank you 🙂

  7. Clara Avatar

    Hello, how long this lipstick can be used until it expired?

    *sorry for my bad English, but I hope you understand.

  8. Naomi Avatar


    I love the two dark colors of lipstick that are on this page. What color did you use to make those?

  9. Elise Avatar

    Hello! Can you please recommend a mica powder that you have used? I like the colors you posted, and I can’t find anything that doesn’t look really bright and unnatural. I’d love a wine/plum kind of color.
    Thank you!

  10. felicia Avatar

    How long does it last? I for one, don’t use it daily so just wondering… 🙂 Oh, and this recipes makes 1 full chap container or more? Thanks.

  11. Sophi Avatar

    I make all natural lipsticks, and I’ve been looking everywhere for a red mica powder, and there’s NONE. other options are carmine and titanium dioxide, which are ~not~ natural. Any suggestions on where to find deep red mica powder, or any alternatives of natural deep reds?

  12. Carolyn Avatar

    Hi, I was just wondering how many tubes does your All-Natural Homemade Lipstick Recipe make?

    Thank u,

  13. Courtney Avatar

    I tried making homemade lip stick and despite it having an obvious pink tint in the container, there was no pink color when applied to my lips. Any suggestions on what to do differently?

  14. Shelly Avatar

    I followed the recipe exactly for the hue of lipstick in your picture, but I added even more beet root powder because I love my lip colors to be bright! However, after pouring and letting it solidify, I found upon application that there’s almost no color. The product itself appears as bright as the picture, but barely any color is trasferred upon using it. It feels amazing on my lips…especially the coolness of the peppermint and I could easily use this as a chapstick. What are your suggestions for attempting to get a brighter color?

  15. Shannon Avatar

    Thanks for sharing this! I love the top two shades in the picture. Can you tell us how you blended those ones please?

  16. Nalan Avatar

    I tried the beet powder (actually very fine) but it definitely doesnt work. In very small amounts maybe but then it doesn’t give any color on the lips, only colors the lipstick itself. I prepared beetroot extract (dissolved in water and strained trhough very fine mesh) and now I’m experimenting on some natural emulsifier to get the liquid and fat mediums mix. But a short research in the internet turned out this is actually a challenge also for the organic products cosmetic industry.

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