Are you wearing leaded lipstick?
I’ve always heard about this concern but after stumbling upon some disturbing blog posts I decided to look into this subject as well as taking a closer look at the ingredients in my lipsticks.
In 2007, a study from The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that 400 popular brands of lipstick contain traces of lead.
There have been 2 more studies done since (2009 and 2012). Both studies found much more lead, up to 7.19 parts per million, in the lipstick samples tested. Here are the top 20 lead-containing lipsticks from the FDA’s 2012 review of 400 lipstick shades:
Imagine my disappointment when I skimmed through the 400 item long list and saw a bunch of my favorite and extremely popular brands and shades such as MAC: Show Orchid, Viva Glam I & II, Morange, Cyber, Lady Bug, Lady Danger, MAC Red, Wet N Wild: Think Pink, Ravin Raisin, Red Velvet, Rimel, Mary Kay, Avon, Benefit, Maybelline, NARS, Cover Girl, L’Oreal and many more brands.
Why should you be concerned?
Exposure to lead, even in small amounts, can cause serious health problems. The FDA states that they do not consider the lead levels in lipstick to be a safety concern and poses no threat to consumers, however according to the Mayo Clinic, even a small amount of lead exposure can cause irreversible damage in brain development.
Now while I won’t lie and say I’m going to stop using brand name lipsticks all together, I will however be a lot more conscious when purchasing a new lipstick and at least make sure it isn’t a shade that’s listed on the FDA Lead in Lipstick Survey.
If you are completely turned off from the idea of possibly using lead lipstick or just love to get down and dirty with a good DIY project then you’ll love this!
You can use a simple crayon to create an endless supply of lipstick in any color imaginable…that’s right LIPSTICK FROM A CRAYON!
Crayons are made from paraffin wax and non-toxic pigments which make them safe to put on the skin.
There are already tons of tutorials on You Tube but I really wanted to try this recipe out. The ingredients and tools needed aren’t crazy expensive (with the exception of one ingredient) so I hope you give this a try too and if you do don’t forget to shout me out! Links to all my social networks are at the top of this post.
WHAT YOU NEED:
I purchased all of my food grade ingredients from my local natural beauty & health store and Whole Foods. You can find the containers I used at Michael’s Craft Store or click here.
- Small empty containers or tubes
- 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon
- Double boiler OR a small pot + small stainless steel bowl
- 1/2 teaspoon of 100% Shea Butter
- You want to make sure that you’re using shea butter that is guaranteed to be 100% natural. Since the lips are one of the most delicate areas of the body you don’t want a product that has been cut and diluted by other questionable ingredients or chemicals. I used Now Solutions 100% Natural Shea Butter. 100% Cocoa butter is also a good alternative.
- 1/2 teaspoon of a Pure Skin Care Oil
- The oil you use must be food grade (meaning it is considered safe for use in food by the FDA). Many of the recipe’s I’ve seen call for 100% Castor Oil which is perfectly fine, however I opted to use Now Solutions 100% Vegetable Glycerine, mainly because it’s a lot cheaper (LOL). Also because it’s one of the many pure oils that is suitable for multi-purpose use and is hypoallergenic making it suitable for any cosmetic application. You can also use 100% Argan Oil, 100% Jojoba Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (all food grade of course).
- The amount of oil you put in will determine the finish and/or glossiness of your lipstick. So for a more matte look you can use a lesser amount of this ingredient.
- 2-3 drops of a 100% Pure Essential Oil
- Once you melt the lipstick down it doesn’t have a smell or taste unless you add something to give a scent and flavor so this step is completely optional. I don’t mind the lipstick not having a fragrance so I will not be doing this step.
- This particular ingredient can get very pricey but for a more appealing finish to your lipstick you can use just about any scent you like such as lavender, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, cinnamon, wintergreen and my favorite; peppermint.
- 1/2 of a crayon stick
- You can use pretty much any brand of crayon you like but I highly suggest using Crayola because they are the most pigmented and are of better quality.
- This recipe calls for only half of the crayon stick but if you decide to use the entire crayon make sure to double the ingredients.
- If you want to mix two to four colors use 1/4 of each of them.
- Place ingredients in a double boiler over medium-high heat and stir ingredients as they melt.
- Remove from heat once it is completely melted.
***If you don’t have a double boiler just fill a small pot half way with water, place a small stainless steel bowl on top of the pot and the place your ingredients into the bowl.***
- Spoon or pour the liquid into a small container. Click here to purchase the containers I use.
- Work fast because the liquid will quickly harden as it cools off.
- Set the container down to cool for 15-20 mins or place container into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
Voilà! You’re non-toxic lipstick ready for use!
HOW TO APPLY YOUR LIPSTICK!
Since this recipe for your crayon lipstick is so simple, with very few ingredients and additives, you will find that your lipstick is initially not as soft as a brand name lipstick would be.
The Shea and/or Cocoa butter in your crayon lipstick applies the smoothest with it comes in contact with body heat so the easiest way to apply your crayon lipstick is with your fingers (or you can nuke it in the microwave for 2-5 seconds)!
- Apply a lip liner or primer to the lips. This will give the lipstick something to stick to.
- Warm the lipstick up by placing a good amount between your fingers, on the back of your hand or in the microwave for a few (and I mean FEW) seconds.
- Apply as many layers as desired!