When I first published my Red Rose Lipstick, I had a few requests for something that wasn’t quite as strong. This is what I came up with. It’s fairly simple, following the same principle, and can be made with a couple different secondary clays. It’s a lighter, more day-to-day friendly shade than the Red Rose, and I like it quite a bit.
The base is beeswax, unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada), cocoa butter (USA / Canada), camellia seed oil, and just a hint of magnesium stearate. I’ve formulated the base for summer temperatures, so it doesn’t get too soft in weather over 25°C. If you live somewhere colder, or like a softer lipstick, I’d drop the amount of beeswax by a gram.
In different lights it can have plum or coral undertones, and you can layer it for a darker colour. I call it “Red Velvet” because you’ll get a red velvet cake type tone if you put on two or three coats—it’s also smooth and delicious 😉
NOTE: I no longer recommend this formulation due to clay not being a reliable colourant, and potentially not meeting the safety requirements for lip-use pigments. My book, Make it Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care contains far better lipstick formulations, with both vegan and non-vegan options, and a far wider array of colour possibilities.
Red Velvet Lipstick
1 tsp Austalian red reef
1 tsp light clay (zeolite ultrafine, white kaolin, Australian ivory)
Melt the beeswax, unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada), cocoa butter (USA / Canada), camellia seed oil, and magnesium stearate together. Stir the clays together in a small cup, and pour in the melted oils. Stir to combine, adding the essential oils.
Once the mixture has cooled enough to be thick enough to support the clays (but not so thick that you can’t pour the mixture), decant it into 4 standard size lip balm tubes. Enjoy!