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Recipe: Classic Red Lipstick

Using natural and lip nurturing ingredients, this lipstick glides on smoothly and gives your lips a vivid, red hue. Follow the recipe as is, or experiment with other pigment powders to create your own custom shades.


  1. Combine the beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil and arrowroot powder in the top of a double boiler (a heat-safe jar works well also) and heat gently on low heat until melted.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the kaolin clay and the red oxide pigment powder.
  3. Pour melted mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled slightly but is still pourable, decant into two 1/2 ounce lip balm tubes.

To Use:

Let mixture completely cool and harden before using. Apply either by rolling on lips, or with a lipstick brush for lighter application.

Shelf Life and Storage Information:

Store in a cool, dark place. Lipstick should last 3-6 months or longer.

Safety Information:

    • With any new ingredients, always perform a patch test on your forearm before applying to test for sensitivities.
    • Use these helpful guidelines to determine if your product has expired.

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At A Glance

TOTAL: 30 minutes
YIELD: Makes 1 oz or enough for two 1/2 ounce lip balm tubes.