I am sort of on the fence about cosmetics.  Admittedly, I love them.  However, I don’t wear them much, other than lipstick , which my sweetie loves in red, he tells me, AND I won’t wear any cosmetic products that contain harmful ingredients or that are manufactured by companies that test on animals.

That said, I’d like to show you a quick and easy tutorial to make your own lipstick.  Mind you, please check first, before using your eye shadow, to make sure that it was not tested on animals, and try to use a lip balm made with soy, coconut, jojoba or other oils that are not carcinogenic.

As I mentioned previously, I went to the Portland Veg Fest last weekend, and while there, I purchased a book by Sunny Subramanian and Crystle Fiedler called, “The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty.”  You can pick up a used copy for around $10, on Amazon by clicking  HERE.


The book contains 125 recipes for vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free makeup, skin and hair products. In this book, Sunny explains why animal testing is cruel,unnecessary and inaccurate, so there really is no need to buy products that have been tested on animals.  It is pointless, unless you get some perverse pleasure from harming innocent animals.  There are, after all, alternatives to animal testing that are far more accurate in their results.

Ingredients to Avoid

In her book, Sunny discloses some of the ingredients that should be avoided when purchasing cosmetics, and reminds us that by making our own DIY cosmetics, we can control what goes on oru skin and screen out any harmful ingredients such as :

  • BHA
  • BHT
  • Coal Tar Dyes
  • DEA
  • Triethanolamine
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • DMDM Hydantion
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydroquione
  • Lead
  • Methylisothaizolinone
  • Nanoparticles that can penetrate the lungs
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Petroleum Products
  • Other Harmful Ingredients

I don’t often wear foundation.  Instead, I don’t smoke, and I drink a lot of water and my skin feels soft and is relatively wrinkle free, for my age.

To help even out my skin tone, I buy a natural Papaya mask (that smells like heaven) from a company on Amazon called, “Ladybug“.  This stuff is absolutely wonderful, despite its mixed reviews.  It smells good enough to eat, too.

If you want to make your own foundation, that is easy also, with just some jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil and some powder made from rice flour that Sunny’s book talks about.  Really folks, I do recommend this book.  However, if you’re looking for a visual aid to make your own all-natural, organic powder foundation, watch this:

I make an all-natural liquid foundation that works really well, if you don’t mind keeping it in the fridge, since it contains no preservatives.  The base of it contains:

To this, I add various colorants, such as beet powder, mica powder, cocoa powder  and other all-natural colorants, depending on what I’m trying to achieve. Mix everything well, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  This is the type of thing you just have to experiment with until you get the color that you want.   It turns out really well….as good, in fact, as the MAC foundation that I used to pay $38 a pop for, but lighter and less greasy feeling.

As a hair conditioner, I simply put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in my hair before I go to bed at night.  This, too, smells wonderful, and I wash it out the following morning with a gentle Aveda all-natural shampoo.  If I get a case of the frizzies, a small dab of coconut oil or Argon oil does the trick.

Finally, if you want to create your own all-natural scent, give this 3-ingredient recipe a try.  I use DoTerra Essential Oils, but you can use any combination of any brand that you like.

The Internet is a wonderful source for finding recipes for making your own cosmetics.  Give it a try, if you don’t pick up a copy of Sunny’s book.  I think you’ll love what you discover.