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What’s in our lipstick?

What’s in our lipstick?

What’s in our lipstick?

Yeah that’s me, just rockin’ my handmade lippie! What I love about this stuff, is not only does it add some lovely colour and shine to my mug, but it’s actually very nourishing for the sensitive skin on my lips. It contains safe and natural ingredients, and it’s not going to slowly poison me if it happens to slip into my mouth and down my gullet!

If you’d like to learn more about natural ways of making cosmetics, you have ONE DAY LEFT to book in to our DIY Toxin-Free Makeup Workshop – Love Ya Lips! The workshop is on tomorrow (Fri 9 June) at 7pm at our Happy Biome Studio. You can find out more about the event and register here – http://happybiome.com.au/product/diy-toxin-free-makeup-workshop/  If you can’t make the workshop but would like to try some of our nourishing handmade lipstick, you can purchase at our studio (open Thursdays 10-5 and Saturdays 10-1) or in our online store – http://happybiome.com.au/product/lipstick/  And if you want to have a go at making lipstick at home, we sell all the raw ingredients, makeup packaging and moulds to make your lipsticks and lip glosses.

So what is actually in the lipstick that I’m wearing? Good question! It’s super important to know exactly what the ingredients are in our products, and whether there are any health hazards associated to them. The lipsticks I make are a jazzed-up lip balm on steroids! You need a few more ingredients than your regular lipbalm recipe to ensure you achieve a lipstick-like consistency and opacity. I originally tried just adding mica mineral powders to my usual lip balm recipes, but the colour didn’t show real well, and it was quite hard to put on. These are the ingredients in my shade and the function of the ingredient – it’s taken me about six months to come up with a recipe that I’m happy with! I’m sure there will still be some tinkering…oh the perfectionist that I am!

Shea Butter

Thick, intense moisturiser used in lipsticks. Helps with the rigidity of the product without adding an enormous amount of wax.

Cacao Butter

High in vitamin E, hydrates and soothes. Used in lipstick to help with the rigidity of the product without adding an enormous amount of wax. Harder than shea butter, and can help harden up a lipstick that is too soft.

Castor Oil

Provides a glossy look and its high viscosity gives the lipstick a creamy feel. Best not to use at a rate greater than 50%, as more than 50% yields a greasy feel in lipsticks.

Jojoba oil

Plant wax. Neutralises pH of skin. Great anti-inflammatory and skin-healing. Used in lipsticks and lipglosses to provide a glossy slip.


Used to assist with the rigidity of the products, and help the lipstick/gloss stay on the lips. Also has moisturising properties, and unlike stabilising synthetic chemicals, it won’t clog up your pores.

Carnauba Wax

Used to assist with the rigidity of product, and dries to a glossy finish. Offers the benefit of a higher melting point, so it decreases the chance of lipstick melting due to sun exposure. Hardest natural wax available.

Vitamin E

Very moisturising and restoring, and is known for its ability to heal scars and damaged skin. Used to increase shelf-life by slowing down oxidation of oils.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used to naturally fragrance your makeup (and it makes lipstick/gloss taste rather yummy!). The aroma of essential oils have been shown to uplift and ground emotions.  They also have healing properties that can help keep your lips nourished and crack-free. Some nice lip-nourishing essential oils include roman chamomile, frankincense, myrrh, elemi, lavender, rose, sandalwood, geranium and helichrysum. For a perky uplift, try adding peppermint, spearmint, orange, lime or lemon to your lipsticks (please take caution, though, with using citrus oils in the sun as they are phytotoxic). Essential oils support more than just healthy skin and emotions, though. Research has indicated that essential oils quickly penetrate through the skin. Because of this, essential oils can affect the cells of the human body within minutes. They help create an environment that is unfriendly to free-radicals – not just on your skin, but also within your internal organs. It’s important to use 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils (such as Young Living) as anything less will very likely contain toxic petroleum-based solvents and synthetic fragrances.

Titanium Dioxide

Mineral powder that acts as an adhesive to help lipstick stick.  Also offers natural protection from UVA and UVB rays.  Use in moderation to avoid creating a very draggy lipstick.

Magnesium Stearate

Soft white mineral powder that provides ‘slip’ (easy application) in lipsticks. Also improves adhesion and texture.

Zinc Oxide

White or yellow-white amorphous powder, principally composed of zinc. Acts as an adhesive to help lipstick stick. Also offers natural protection from UVA and UVB rays. Use in moderation to avoid creating a very draggy lipstick.

Iron Oxides (brown and red iron oxide are used in the shade that I am wearing)

Strongest pigments available, most are non-bleeding and weather resistant. Iron oxides are matte pigments that can be used to add depth and opacity to your lipstick. They are chemical compounds composed of iron and oxygen, which are both natural elements. They require some sifting or grinding before use. Do not use a large of amount of iron oxides if you plan to use sparkly micas, because the mica will not show.

Micas (merlot mica is also used in the shade that I am wearing)

Colourful mineral powders that add sheen and shimmer to lipsticks and lipglosses. Originally a white powder obtained from the naturally occurring mineral, muscovite mica, consisting predominantly of potassium aluminum silicate. The powder is then tinted with colourful iron oxides or ultramarines. Mica’s particle size is often manipulated to produce different finishes, such as pearl, satin, matte and sparkle.  They require no grinding or sifting – never grind sparkly micas as they will lose their shimmer. Hand mix them into the batch.