Little Saturdalia: DIY crayon lipstick

Hullo! I have been extremely busy lately, and I’m still trying to adjust to my new editorial calendar (posting calendar), so I apologize for lack of posts!

Posting troubles aside, I’ve recently found out that the FDA announced that there are many brands of lipstick that contain lead–yeah, lead. In a cylinder cake of LIPSTICK?? You might all know that lead does have some noteworthy health risks, including death. For you girls who cake on makeup every day, it’s most likely that some of your favorite brands of lipstick are among the big group of lead-lipstick. And I’m not at all sure you want to empty your wallets just for one tube of lipstick that doesn’t contain any questionable ingredients, let alone find one.

So what do we do? Luckily, there is a safer and less expensive alternative using crayons. Crayons are kid-friendly, especially the Crayola ones. They contain paraffin, so kids can munch on them for an afternoon snack (though I wouldn’t recommend that) without getting any stronger side effects than a stomachache. Crayon lipstick sticks on better, too.


  • crayons (Crayola crayons work best in terms of lasting and color saturation)
  • coconut oil–you can replace this with jojoba oil for matte lipstick or castor oil for gloss
  • small containers–old lipstick tubes, tiny lotion/cream containers, eyeshadow/blush tubs
  • double boiler

Make it!

  1. Peel the wrappers from the crayons that you chose for your lipstick. They usually come off pretty easily, because I did a ton of this when I was younger.
  2. Break the crayons into four pieces each.
  3. If you do not have a double boiler, put a jar in the middle of a pot or a large metal bowl on top of it. The jar/bowl will be where you make your lipstick. As for the pot, pour water in it, making sure not to get any in the jar/bowl. Set to medium heat on the stove.
  4. Throw in a teaspoon of coconut oil and let it melt all the way.
  5. Add one piece of crayon per teaspoon. If you add too much crayon, the lipstick will have a rather dry consistency; if you add too little, the lipstick will become a glossy lip tint. [If you want a lip tint, then do so.]
  6. Once the crayon and ingredients have melted, pour the liquid into the containers.
  7. Put the containers in the refrigerator for a few hours.

NOTE: Keep in mind that some colors might be really saturated and some come off as tinted lip balm or lip tint. Purple mountains majesty might be the latter.



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