Organic Lipstick Recipes the Beauty Industry Wants SecretUncategorized
Organic lipstick and at-home beauty product recipes? Yup. There’s nothing new about making your own beauty products. For hundreds of years, women (and men!) have used natural ingredients such as honey, cane sugar, and coconut milk to produce glowing skin. From organic skin care to natural beauty treatments, we’ve got some great ideas to get you started making your vegan own products at home.
Why Make Your Own?
There are so many great reasons to make your own beauty products. First of all, many products you find in the store contain chemicals you wouldn’t believe we put on our skin! Did you know many makeup products, such as blush and lipsticks, contain carmine? Carmine is actually made by crushed a specific breed of insects into a fine red powder. Gross! You’ve probably heard of SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, which is present is most store-bought shampoos and body wash. SLS is known to cause skin irritation and even acne! Other ingredients to avoid include BHA, found in perfume and scrubs, Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene and Phenylenediamine (known as Coal Tar). All of these ingredients listed are linked to cancer by the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer
Is This About Plastics Too?
Our personal health is not the only reason to make your own cosmetics. Another factor is plastic waste. We’ve talked before about how reducing the amount of single-use plastic in your life can help us save the planet. Toiletries contribute to the 2.7 billion plastic bottles hitting landfill every year in the US. By making your own products, you can keep them in sustainable packaging and reuse bottles and jars time and time again. Eventually, you’ll be shocked by the amount of plastic shampoo and shower gel bottles you were wasting every year!
It’s not just the planet we’re saving by making your own beauty products… it’s the animals too! Did you know that many of the world’s largest cosmetic manufacturers, including MAC, L’Oreal and Chanel, all test their products on animals? Although these brands will say that they don’t test on animals, this statement is usually followed by a caveat along the lines of “unless required to do so by law.”
Where is animal testing required by law? I hear you ask… China is the answer. Any brand selling their products in China is contributing to the mass torture of rabbits, cats, dogs, mice, fish, and even monkeys. The world of animals testing is sure a minefield and purchasing only cruelty-free products is not always easy! By making your own cosmetics, you can be sure not to contribute to this world of cruelty and pain.
Home Remedies for Glowing Skin
Now you’re convinced, we’ve got some super easy recipes for making your very own home remedies. You’ll have glowing skin in no time!
DIY Facial Toner
What You’ll Need:
- Cold filtered water
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Tea tree essential oil
This simple three-ingredient facial toner is best kept in the fridge. The gentle acidity of the apple cider vinegar and exfoliating powers of tea tree oil will clear your pores in no time. Simply mix one part vinegar with two parts filtered water and add one-three drops of tea tree essential oil. Apply to a cotton pad and wipe your face clean, with focus on any areas clogged pores. Store this facial toner in a small glass bottle or air-tight container. Minimize your waste even more by purchasing reusable cotton rounds. These nursing pads act as perfect cotton rounds for removing makeup and excess dirt from your face. You can even wash them in the washing machine and use time and time again.
Get Squeaky Clean with Homemade Soap
You won’t believe what chemicals are often present in store-bought soap. Not only will you find nasties like SLS and coal tar, but soaps are sometimes made with animal fat! Avoid any unwanted surprises by making your own soap at home.
Homemade Lavender Soap
What You’ll Need
- Unscented soap base
- Lavender essential oils
- Fresh lavender stalks (optional)
- Yoghurt pot or ice cube tray for moulding
Making your own soap can be off-putting as many online recipes include lye. This volatile ingredient is not only potentially dangerous but also not very sensitive on the skin. The melt-and-pour technique does away with the need to use lye in your homemade soap, as this process is already carried out before you purchase the soap base. Making the soap safer and easier to produce – everyone’s a winner!
Simply melt the soap base in a pan gently, add 1-5 drops of lavender oil (depending on how strong you want the scent). Pour the mixture into your chosen container and add the lavender stalks to the mixture. The soap will turn out clear, with the stalks visible in the middle – how cool!
You don’t need to buy any special molds for homemade soap. Simply keep your yogurt cups or even ice cube trays and fill with the above mixture. Store in the fridge until solid and keep in a dry, cool place. If you live in a hot country, we recommend keeping this in the fridge wrapped in greaseproof paper to avoid any unexpected melting.
Make Your Own Organic Lipstick
Organic lipstick is not always easy to come by. Make your own organic lipstick and enjoy a world of luxury without the need for excess packaging – or the expensive price tag often associated with these products.
What You’ll Need
- Beeswax (or soy way if you’re vegan)
- Jojoba essential oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Castor oil
- Lip-safe mica pigment(s) – be aware of carmine.
- Empty lip balm tub
Making your own organic lipstick is much easier than you think. Follow this super easy tutorial and you’ll be the envy of your friends in no time. One great thing about making your own organic lipstick is that you can mix the pigment to create the perfect shade to suit your skin tone. Some love using hemp leaf oil for extra hydration and healing.
Whether you’re allergic to typical cosmetics or you’re simply looking for ways to reduce your plastic waste, making your own cosmetics if the ideal way to start a collection of items you will cherish for a long time. In no time, you’ll be adapting recipes and even creating your own formulas for your favorite products to suit your tastes and skin type.
Battle the Cold with Homemade Vegan Lip Balm
The final recipe we’ve got is a very easy one indeed. With winter just around the corner, you’ll find yourself reaching for the lip balm several times a day. Vegan lip balm is so quick and easy to make!
Organic Vegan Lip Balm
What You’ll Need
- Soy wax
- Coconut oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- Empty lip balm tubes
Gently melt the soy wax and coconut oil in a bain-marie until completely liquid. Grate the wax before melting to save time. Add 1-5 drops of peppermint essential oil for that festive flavor. Before the mixture cools, pour it into your container. Leave the lip balm in the fridge until solid and you’re done! This product is perfect for dry lips, chapped cuticles and even split hair ends. There’s no end to how useful this organic vegan lip balm can be.
There you have it, amazing home remedies that will see you saving plastic and your skin. We’d love to hear your favorite DIY organic beauty recipes in the comments!