Natural Shimmer Lipstick Recipe

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

Homemade Lipstick Recipe

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 glass lip balm containers. If you want to keep it simple, little glass jars also work. Here’s how to make it:

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

This homemade natural shimmer lipstick recipe combines beeswax, essential oils, coconut oil, and shea butter or cocoa butter with mica powder.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cooling Time1 hour
Author: Katie Wells



  • In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil, shea or cocoa butter, and beeswax.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the mica powder and essential oils of choice.
  • Dip a small amount onto the end of a spoon and let it harden for a few seconds.
  • Test the mixture on the spoon for the desired color and scent with your finger or on the skin of your wrist to make sure you like it.
  • Add more mica powder or essential oil if needed.
  • Use a pipette or glass dropper to quickly transfer the mixture to the lip gloss containers or whatever container you are using.
  • Let cool for 1 hour. Cap and use as needed.


If your mixture starts to solidify while you are working, you can reheat it slightly to liquify it again.

What homemade beauty products have you made?

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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.


99 responses to “Natural Shimmer Lipstick Recipe”

  1. Young-Mi Avatar

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

  2. Doreen Avatar

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

  3. Surbhi sharma Avatar
    Surbhi sharma

    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…..

  4. lexee Avatar

    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?

  5. Abby Avatar

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

    1. Bree Avatar

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

  6. Heagher Avatar

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

  7. Barbara Fernandez Avatar
    Barbara Fernandez

    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! 🙂

    1. Rose Avatar

      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.

  8. sebrina nixon Avatar
    sebrina nixon

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

  9. jill Avatar

    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?

    1. Bree Avatar

      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. Danielle Avatar

    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?


    1. Katherine Avatar

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

  11. Jessica Avatar

    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 ????

    1. Jessica Avatar

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

  12. eyah Avatar

    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!

    1. Tiffany Avatar

      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.

      1. Bree Avatar

        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.

  13. Rachel Avatar

    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?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

      1. Carly Avatar

        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! 🙂

        1. Shay Avatar

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

      2. Marina Avatar

        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 🙁

        1. Laves Goh Avatar
          Laves Goh

          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.

    2. Nadia Avatar

      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. 🙂

  14. Jennifer Avatar

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

  15. Carolyn Avatar

    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?

    1. Janette Norman Avatar
      Janette Norman

      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.

    1. Bree Avatar

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

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