Natural Shimmer Lip Balm Recipe

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Natural Shimmer Colored Lip Balm Recipe
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I love making my own cosmetics. I’ve made foundation, natural bronzer, homemade lipstick and even mascara (recipe coming soon!).

In the comments of my homemade lipstick post, I had multiple people ask if there was an alternative to the beet root powder since theirs didn’t seem to be incorporating correctly.

A natural option that shines…

After much experimentation and research, I finally found another option that I absolutely love.

It is called Mica and it also provides a wonderful, subtle shimmer. Mica is a brittle silicate mineral and it comes in many colors. It is considered safe and non-toxic, with a green rating of 2 by the Environmental Working Group.

I’ve been experimenting with Mica in homemade cosmetics a lot lately and have a lot of new recipes to share in the next couple of months, but this shimmer lip balm was by far my favorite. It provides a slight shimmer and subtle color that accentuates the natural color of the lips and brightens your smile without looking fake or unnatural.

Why not just use regular lipstick? Glad you asked (but you might not be…)

Though they seem harmless, many lipsticks contain toxic ingredients, which is especially problematic due to the close proximity to the mouth. Some things found in conventional lipsticks:

  • Cochineal Beetles– These beetles eat the prickly pear plant in South America. They are collected, boiled, dried and crushed into a powder to make a red dye used in many cosmetics (and some foods!)
  • Ambergris– Street name: whale vomit. This waste from the digestive system of sperm wales (eww) is sometimes used in perfumes and lipsticks.
  • Chemicals- Lipsticks are also notorious for containing artificial chemicals

Finding Natural Ingredients:

In this recipe, I used the following ingredients:

I also found the following supplies really helpful for this recipe:

It is hard to see in the photo, but this natural lip balm provides subtle color and shine. Here’s how to make it:

Shimmer Lip Balm Ingredients:

What to Do:

  1. Melt coconut oil, shea butter/cocoa butter and beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat.
  2. When melted, stir well and turn off heat.
  3. Add mica powder and (optional) essential oil.
  4. Using a glass dropper or [url:7]plastic pipette like this one, carefully transfer the mixture into [url:8]empty lip balm containers. This must be done quickly before the mixture hardens. I filled 8 empty containers when I made this.
  5. Let cool for an hour until mixture has completely hardened.
  6. Use as regular lipstick/lip balm.

Ever made your own lip balm or lipstick before?

This natural shimmer lip balm recipe combines coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter or cocoa butter with natural mica shimmer pigment and essential oils.

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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.


102 responses to “Natural Shimmer Lip Balm Recipe”

  1. Donna Avatar

    I tried using peppermint oil and red food coloring and a pinch of edible glitter. It came out liquidly once I Put into containers so I am going to mix all again and adding a pinch of beeswax

  2. ginger Avatar

    Due to the overwhelming plastic pollution all over our planet & in our oceans, there need to be more earth friendly containers than plastic tubes to contain lip balms, lipsticks, etc.
    I know that Free the Ocean website sells lip balms in cardboard. I would think something possibly made from cornstarch that will biodegrade would be useful as well.
    Thanks for your great info.

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      Yes, there have been a lot of advancements in more eco-friendly packaging in the past few years since this post was first published. The one downside with the cardboard tubes (especially those made from recycled materials) is that they often have PFAS in their water-proof lining.

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      Because volume measurements don’t translate to weight measurements without individually weighing each ingredient, you would need to weigh each ingredient on a scale to find out. Most people don’t have scales that can measure grams at home so using teaspoons and tablespoons makes it easier when sharing recipes! I don’t know what the final weight is, but the recipe fills about 8 lip balm tubes.

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