The primary ingredients in any lipstick are wax, pigment (colour) and mineral oil. You can create your own lipstick at home. After a couple of tries, you can mix two or three different colours together to yield a more personalised shade.
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Things you need
- 3 nontoxic crayons (your choice of colour)
- 1 100 per cent pure beeswax candle (no added colour, 1-inch diameter)
- 3 tbsp oil (mineral oil, baby oil, soy oil, coconut oil, etc.)
- Resealable plastic bag
- Heat-resistant cup
- Small container with a lid or an empty lipstick tube
Remove the paper labels off the crayons, and place them in a resealable plastic bag.
Break up the crayons into smaller pieces with a hammer.
Put the crayon pieces, oil and a 1-inch segment of candle in a heat-resistant cup. Place the cup in a saucepan on the stove.
Fill the saucepan with enough water to reach about an inch up the side of the cup.
Heat the contents of the pan on a low temperature setting, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients in the cup melt together.
Remove from heat and take the cup out of the pan. Allow the contents to cool slightly--about one to three minutes.
Pour the mixture into a small container or an empty lipstick tube while still warm.
Allow the lipstick to cool completely (uncovered). Cover or close the container.
Tips and warnings
- Try to crush the crayons as small as possible. Smaller fragments will melt together more smoothly, producing better colour.
- To harden the lipstick faster, place the lipstick in the container, then place the open container in the refrigerator.
- Several drops of vegetable glycerine can be added at the end of the melting process if you tend to have very dry lips.
- If you have sensitive skin and are prone to allergic reactions, consult a physician before following these steps.
- Hot wax can cause painful burns.
- If you are using an empty lipstick tube, make sure the tube has been "rolled down" before attempting to fill it.
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