I’m looking for alternatives to Red, Yellow and Brown Iron Oxides for use in lipsticks. To give context: I’ve worn commercial lipsticks for years but 2 years ago I used a good quality, fragrance-free, commercial lipstick and didn’t notice that it was damaging to my skin until it was too late. Since then I haven’t been able to wear commercial lipsticks at all. I’ve had several attempts at making lipsticks and soon found out that I cannot now use castor oil or candelilla wax on my lips. I found Marie’s Red Coral Lipstick recipe but have swopped the avocado oil for oat oil which is more soothing for me. However any lipstick I’ve made has never been entirely comfortable so I’ve recently done some patch testing by making up pots of lipstick base with one colourant per pot. The results are that I’m fine with Carmine and Red Lake 7 which is good except I’m better with orange-red rather than blue-red colours. However, the other pigments (Red, Yellow and Brown Iron Oxides) are irritating to me hence the search for alternatives – but I only need them for lipsticks as I can use the original pigments successfully in mineral makeup.
I’ve just found Marie’s Red Velvet Lipstick recipe but all the red clays I can find contain ferrous oxide so I don’t think I can use those either :-(.
Just a correction to my original post. I discovered that it’s not the colourants I was having trouble with, it was the base. I tried wearing just the base without any added colour and it initially felt OK so I moved on to adding colors. What I should have done was the try the ‘without color’ test for several days to fully test the base. A chance encounter with some web pages told me that Cocoa Butter (used in my base) contains the fragrance allergen Linalool and I am allergic to that! Note to self, spend more time on testing 🙂
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