Monday, January 04, 2016

DIY LIPSTICK

I had seen tons of diy lipgloss/lipstick on pinterest over the last couple of years and always wanted to try them, but just never got around to it!  A couple years back my daughter, who was in grade 8 at the time, had to create a little business idea and create a product for a class, and we came up with coconut oil lip balms.  They were adorable and practical.  But they weren't tinted, so we thought we'd experiment again to get something with a bit more color.

First off, you'll need something to put the product in.  We found these at Michaels for $7.99.  Note:  would be best to use the lipstick molds because this recipe has wax in it.  The wax can make the lipstick a bit hard to simply use your finger to swipe out, but it's still doable, so this is what we went with.

I wasn't a fan of the bright colors, so sprayed them gold, but decided to keep the minty colored ones as is.



This is my favorite gold spray paint for giving a non brassy, non 90's gold effect :)
You can opt to give them a clear matte coat of spray paint too if you want.



Now for the "formula"......we found it's a bit of a trial and error!  Select some crayons you could see yourself wearing as lipstick.  Run them under water to loosen the wrap and remove.



Chop up the color you wish to use into smaller pieces.  We laid a piece of paper towel on the cutting board to avoid the pigment transferring.


Simply put the coconut oil, a little olive oil and the chopped crayon in a microwave safe bowl and heat for approx 30 seconds.....mix....heat again for 30 seconds....mix, and put back in for an additional 10-20 seconds if crayon hasn't melted.

The amounts will vary depending on how many little tubs you want to create out of your batch.
So a recipe to use as a bit of a guideline for you:
--2 tsps of coconut oil
--3/4 tsp olive oil
--1 crayon

(the above recipe created 2 tubs)

You'll find that you can mix 2 crayons to create a new tone.  Can add more or less of the crayon to create a darker or lighter shade.  Just remember the more wax (crayon) you add, the harder the product will be in the end.


From my daughter's past school project, we had a few fragrance oils here, so we added a couple drops to each batch......smells soooooo gooooood!!!


Once removed from the microwave and well stirred, you add the fragrance if you choose, stir and then carefully pour into your molds or small tubs. Keep repeating the process with different colored crayons for different colored lipsticks.

Allow to set up before placing the lids on.



I recommend adding 2 crayons to a batch if you'd like to see some deeper tones.



Adorable right???


Super easy and fun way to spend an hour with my girl :)